Born: October 4, 1676, Buzancy, Duchy of Rheim.
Died: June 20, 1749, Paris, France. Due to his persistence in appealing against the papal Constitution Unigenitus of 1713, the parish rector of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont refused to administer last rites to him, or give him a Christian burial.
Educated at Duplessis College, University of Paris, in 1712, Coffin became principal of the college at Beauvais (succeeding the historian Rollin), and in 1718, Rector of the University of Paris.
In 1727, he published some of his Latin poems, and in 1736, the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary and Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin.
In 1755, a complete, two volume edition of his works was published.
He wrote over 100 hymns.
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