Thomas Ken is commemorated today

Thomas Ken (1637-1711) began his education at Winchester, and returned there after Oxford and a number of parish livings to be a prebendary and bishop’s chaplain, choosing alos though to act as curate of a deprived area. This was also the time when he started to write his hymns:

Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run,
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Glory to thee my God this night
For all the blessings of the light
Keep me O keep me, King of Kings,
Beneath thine own almighty wings.

Ken had strong principles and

  • Refused to let William of Orange off a marriage promise made by one of his relatives
  • Refused Charles I’s request to give lodgings to Nell Gwynne (but was made a bishop by him because of it)
  • Refused to sign James I’s declaration of indulgence to Cathiolics
  • Refused to swear allegiance to WIlliam of Orange when James was deposed, and was deposed himself

One thought on “Thomas Ken is commemorated today

  1. The verse is from Ken’s “Morning Hymn” which ends with these familiar words:
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
    Praise him, all creatures here below;
    Praise him above, ye heavenly host:
    Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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