Born: Ju­ly 1637, Lit­tle Berk­hamp­stead, Hert­ford­shire, Eng­land.

Died: March 19, 1711, Long­bridge Dev­er­ill, Wilt­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: Frome, Som­er­set, Eng­land.

Ken trained at Win­ches­ter and New Coll­ege, Ox­ford, and was or­dained an Ang­li­can priest in 1662. In 1663, he be­came Rec­tor of Lit­tle East­on, and Rec­tor of Wood­hay and Pre­ben­da­ry of Win­ches­ter in 1669. He pub­lished a Man­u­al of Pray­ers, for the use of the schol­ars of Win­ches­ter Coll­ege, in 1674. He was brief­ly chap­lain to Prin­cess Ma­ry, and lat­er to the Brit­ish fleet. He be­came Bi­shop of Bath and Wells in 1685. He was one of sev­er­al bi­shops im­pris­oned in the Tow­er of Lon­don for re­fus­ing to sign James II’s “De­clar­a­tion of In­dul­gence” (hop­ing to re­store Ca­thol­i­cism in Eng­land); he was tried and ac­quit­ted. Ken wrote much po­e­try, pu­blished post­hu­mous­ly in 1721.



  1. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
  2. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
  3. Her Virgin Eyes Saw God In­car­nate Born
  4. My God, Now I from Sleep Awake
  5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow