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.
"In his porro scribendis Hymnis non tam poetico indulgendunv spiritui, quam nitoro et pietate co… Go to person page >
Audimur: almo Spiritus. C. Coffin. [Whitsuntide.] From his Hymni Sacri, Paris, 1736, p. 57, as a Hymn for Whitsuntide. In the revised Paris Breviary, 1736, it is the Hymn for Lauds at Whitsuntide; as also in Lyons and other modern French Breviaries. Text in Cardinal Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. The translation in common use is:—
Lo, the Father hears our prayer. By C. S. Calverley, made for and first pub. in the Hymnary, 1872, No. 321.
Translations not in common use:—
1. Our prayer is heard; the holy Dove. J. Chandler, 1837.
2. Now our prayers are heard on high. I. Williams, 1839.
3. We are heard: the gentle Spirit. Blew, 1852.
4. Our prayers are heard: the Spirit blest. Chambers, 1857.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)