May 12, 1630, Paris, France.
August 5, 1697, Dijon, France.
Abbey of St. Victor, Paris, France.
De Santeüil studied at the College of S. Barbe, then with Father Cossart, a Jesuit. He became one of the regular Canons of St. Victor, at Paris, and gained a reputation as a distinguished writer of Latin poetry. Many of his hymns appeared in the Cluniac Breviary of 1686, and the Paris Breviary, 1680 & 1736. His Hymni Sacri et Novi was published at Paris in 1689, and again, enlarged, in 1698. Jean Baptiste’s brother was Claude de Santeüil. Known as the
prince of French hymnographers, he was continually writing poems, inscriptions for the public monuments of Paris, or sonnets for friends. He was admired by the learned men of his day, the two Princes de Condé, father and son, and by King Louis XIV, who gave him a pension.