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Charles Coffin (1676 – 1749)
Charles Coffin (1676 – 1749) was a French hymn-writer, born in Buzancy, Ardennes, France. From an early age he showed signs of great abilities and promise and gained a place at Plessis College in Paris.
In 1701 he gained an appointment at the College of Beauvais at the University of Paris succeeding where he became Rector in 1718, a post which he held until his death.
In 1727 he published some of his Latin poems which many appeared in the Hymnal: Paris Breviary in 1736. In English language hymnals there are a large number of his hymns translated by John Chandler, Isaac Williams, and others.
He died in Paris in 1749 but due to his controversial appeals against the 1713 papal Constitution Unigenitus, was refused the last rites and a Christian burial by the parish rector of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont.
Happy Are They, They That Love God : Lyrics
Happy are they, they that love God,
whose hearts have Christ confessed,
who by his cross have found their life,
and ‘neath his yoke their rest.
Glad is the praise, sweet are the songs,
when they together sing;
and strong the prayers that bow the ear
of heaven’s eternal King.
Christ to their homes giveth ...
On Jordan’s Bank Lyrics
1. On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.
2. Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
make straight the way for God within,
prepare we in our hearts a home
where such a mighty Guest may come.
3. For thou art our ...
The Advent Of Our King Lyrics
1. The advent of our King
Our prayers must now employ,
And we must hymns of welcome sing
In strains of holy joy.
2. The everlasting Son
Incarnate deigns to be;
Himself a servant’s form puts on
To set His servants free.
3. O Zion’s Daughter, rise
To meet thy lowly King,
Nor let thy faithless heart despise
The peace ...
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