Born: No­vem­ber 6, 1804, Sum­mer Hill (near Birm­ing­ham), War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Ap­ril 6, 1889, Tor­quay, De­von­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: Mill Road Cem­e­tery, Cam­bridge, Eng­land.

Benjamin was son of the Rev. Rann Ken­ne­dy, some­time in­cum­bent of St. Paul’s Church in Birm­ing­ham and ed­it­or of A Church of Eng­land Psalm-Book (1821). He was ed­u­cat­ed at King Ed­ward’s School, Birm­ing­ham; Shrews­bury School; and St. John’s Coll­ege, Cam­bridge. He grad­u­at­ed BA in 1827 (First Medalist). He was Fel­low of his Coll­ege (1828-36); Head­master of Shrews­bury School (1836-66); and Re­gius Pro­fes­sor of Greek at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge and Can­on of Ely, 1867. He took Ho­ly Or­ders in 1829, and was for some time Pre­ben­da­ry in Lich­field Ca­thed­ral and Rec­tor of West Fel­ton, Salop. He was elect­ed Hon­o­ra­ry Fel­low of St. John’s Coll­ege, Cam­bridge, in 1880. His works in­clude:

Kennedy ver­si­fied ma­ny of the psalms, and wrote and trans­lat­ed num­er­ous other hymns, as well.



  1. All My Heart with Joy Is Springing
  2. Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know
  3. Who Trusts in God, a Strong Abode


  1. Hope, Christ­ian Soul, in Every Stage
  2. O God, Whose Gifts Alone Can Bless
  3. O Hear Me, Lord, Instruct and Save
  4. O Highest Love in Lowest Guise
  5. Save Me, O Lord, for Thou Alone
  6. Thou, O God, Our Quiet Trust