1776-1848

February 12, 1776, Southampton, England.

November 2, 1848, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland.

St. James’ churchyard, Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland.

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Mant was educated at Winchester and Trinity, Oxford (BA 1797, MA 1799). At Oxford, he won the Chancellor’s prize for an English essay; he was a Fellow of Oriel College, and for some time College Tutor. After taking Holy Orders, he was successively curate to his father, then of one or two other places; Vicar of Coggeshall, Essex (1810); Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury (1813); rector of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London (1816), and East Horsley (1818); Bishop of Killaloe (1820); of Down and Connor (1823); and of Dromore (1842). He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1811.

Mant is known chiefly through his translations from Latin. John Ellerton, in his Notes on Church Hymns, 1881, said:

Mant had little knowledge of hymns, and merely took those of the existing Roman Breviary as he found them; consequently he had to omit many, and so to alter others that they have in fact become different hymns; nor was he always happy in his manipulation of them. But his book has much good taste and devout feeling, and has fallen into undeserved neglect.

Mant’s other works include:

  1. Before Thy Mercy’s Throne
  2. Blessed Be the Lord Most High
  3. Bright the Vision That Delighted
  4. Father of All, from Whom We Trace
  5. For These Who First Proclaimed Thy Word
  6. For Thy Dear Saints
  7. God My King, Thy Might Confessing
  8. Hark! Heard Ye Not the Ancient Seer?
  9. Lo! He Comes, an Infant Stranger
  10. Lo, the Day the Lord Hath Made
  11. Lord, Thy Glory Fills the Heaven
  12. Lord, to Thee I Make My Vows
  13. My Trust Is in the Highest Name
  14. No! When He Bids Me Seek His Face
  15. Oft as in God’s Own House We Sit
  16. Put Off Thy Shoes, ’Tis Holy Ground
  17. Reign, Jehovah, King Supreme
  18. Savior of Men, Our Hope and Rest
  19. Savior, Who Exalted High
  20. There Is a Dwelling Place Above
  21. Thy House Each Day of Hallowed Rest
  22. Thy Listening Ear, O Lord, Incline
  23. To God My Earnest Voice I Raise
  24. To Jehovah Hymn the Lay
  25. We Bless Thee for Thy Church, O Lord
  26. We Deem and Own It, Lord, a Proof
  1. Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest
  2. Him Whom the Skies, the Earth, the Sea
  3. Let the Round World with Songs Rejoice, Let All on Earth Their Voices Raise
  4. See the Destined Day Arise