Ken, Thomas, a bishop of the Church of
England, one of the gentlest, truest, and
grandest men of his age, was born in Berkhampstead,
England, in July, 1637; was educated
at Winchester School and Oxford
University, graduating B.A. in 1661. He
held several livings in different parts of
England. In 1680 he returned to Winchester.
In 1685 he was appointed by
Charles H. Bishop of Bath and Wells. In
connection with six other bishops, he refused
to publish the "Declaration of Indulgence"
issued by James II. in 1688, and
was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
After the revolution he became a nonjuror
for conscience' sake, was superseded in office,
and spent the rest of his life in retirement.
He died March 19, 1711, at the residence
of his friend, Lord Weymouth. In
1695 he published A Manual of Prayers for
the Use of the Scholars of Winchester College
and All Other Devout Christians, to
Which Is Added Three Hymns for Morning,
Evening, and Midnight.
|Awake, my soul, and with the sun
|Glory to thee, my God, this night
|Praise God, from whom all blessings