Born: Oc­to­ber 4, 1676, Buzancy, Duchy of Rheim (Ardennes region).

Died: June 20, 1749, Par­is, France. Due to his per­sist­ence in ap­peal­ing against the pa­pal Constitution Unigenitus of 1713, the parish rec­tor of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont refused to ad­min­is­ter last rites to him, or give him a Christ­ian bur­i­al.

Educated at Duplessis Coll­ege, Un­i­ver­si­ty of Par­is, in 1712, Cof­fin be­came pri­nci­pal of the col­lege at Beau­vais (suc­ceed­ing the hist­or­i­an Rol­lin), and 1718, Rec­tor of the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Par­is. In 1727, he pub­lished some of his La­tin po­ems, and in 1736, the bulk of his hymns ap­peared in the Par­is Brev­i­ary and Hymni Sac­ri Auc­to­re Ca­ro­lo Cof­fin. In 1755, a com­plete, two vol­ume edi­tion of his works was pub­lished. He wrote over 100 hymns.

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Hymns

  1. Dei canamus gloriam
  2. Die dierum principe
  3. Grates, peracto jam die
  4. Iisdem creati fluctibus
  5. In noctis umbrÔ desides
  6. Instantis adventum Dei
  7. Jam desinant suspiria
  8. Jam sanctius moves opus
  9. Jordanis oras praevia
  10. Jubes: et, in praeceps aquis
  11. Labente jam solis rota (Prono volutus impetu)
  12. Lo! from the Desert Homes
  13. Miramur, O Deus, Tuae
  14. O fons amoris, Spiritus
  15. O quam juvat fratres, Deus
  16. Opprobriis, Jesu, satur
  17. Opus peregisti tuum
  18. Quae stella sole pulchrior
  19. Rebus creatis nil egens
  20. Supreme Motor cordium
  21. Tandem peractis O Deus
  22. Te laeta, mundi Conditor

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