Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words.
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O fortis, O Clemens Deus. C. Coffin. [Evening.] Included in the Paris Breviary, 1736, as the Ferial hymn at Vespers on Thursdays from Trinity to Advent; and again in Coffin's Hymni Sacri, 1736, p. 24. Also in J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, No. 28 ; and Card. Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. Translated as:—
1. 0 God of our salvation, Lord. J. Chandler, in his Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, p. 25, and Oldknow's Hymns, $c, 1850, &c.
2. Merciful and mighty Lord, Author of redeeming love. By R.Campbell, in his Hymns and Anthems, 1850. This is repeated in the 1860 Appendix to the Hymnal Noted.
Other translations are:—
1. Merciful and mighty Lord, Author of the saving word. I. Williams. 1839.
2. O God of mercy, God of might. J. D. Chambers. 1857.
3. Unto Thee, O Father, merciful and mighty. D. T. Morgan. 1880.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)