1637–1711
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Ju­ly 1637, Little Berk­hamp­stead, Hert­ford­shire, Eng­land.

March 19, 1711, Long­bridge Dev­er­ill, Wiltshire, Eng­land.

Frome, Som­er­set, Eng­land.

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Ken’s Crypt, Church of St. John the Baptist, Frome

Ken trained at Win­ches­ter and New Col­lege, Ox­ford, and was or­dained an Ang­li­can priest in 1662.

In 1663, he be­came rec­tor of Lit­tle East­on, Es­sex; rec­tor of East Wood­hay, Hamp­shire; and pre­ben­da­ry of Win­ches­ter in 1669.

He pub­lished a Man­u­al of Pray­ers, for the use of the schol­ars of Win­che­ster Col­lege, in 1674. He was brief­ly chap­lain to Prin­cess Ma­ry, and lat­er to the Bri­tish fleet. He be­came Bi­shop of Bath and Wells in 1685.

He was one of se­ver­al bi­shops im­pris­oned in the Tow­er of Lon­don for re­fus­ing to sign James II’s De­cla­ra­tion of In­dul­gence (hop­ing to re­store Ca­thol­i­cism in Eng­land); he was tried and ac­quit­ted. Ken wrote much po­et­ry, pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in 1721.

  1. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
    • Glory to Thee, My God, This Night
  2. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
    • All Praise to Thee Who Safe Hast Kept
    • Glory to Thee Who Safe Hast Kept
    • I Wake, I Wake, Ye Hea­ven­ly Choirs
    • I Would Not Wake nor Rise Again
    • Wake, and Lift Up Thy­self, My Heart
  3. Her Vir­gin Eyes Saw God In­car­nate Born
  4. My God, Now I from Sleep Awake
    • All Praise to Thee in Light Ar­rayed
    • Glory to Thee in Light Ar­rayed
    • Lord, Now My Sleep Doth Me For­sake
  5. Praise God, from Whom All Bless­ings Flow