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Parnell, Thomas, M.A., was b. in Dublin in 1679, entered Trinity College in 1693 (B.A. 1697, M.A. 1700), was ordained D. 1700, P. 1703, became Archdeacon of Clogher 1706, and in 1716 Rector of Finglas, near Dublin. During a visit to England he was taken ill at Chester, where he died in Oct. 1718. His Poems, 1722, and Posthumous Works, 1758, are now remembered, if at all, by his poem “The Hermit." His hymn "Holy Jesus! God of love" (Holy Communion) appeared in 1758 as above, p. 246, and is in The English Hymnal, 1906 [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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