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Awake, my soul, and with the sun

Awake, my soul, and with the sun. Thomas Ken* (1637-1711). Ken’s three hymns for morning, evening and midnight were included as an appendix to the 1695 edition of A Manual of Prayers for the Use of the Scholars of Winchester College, having previously circulated in pamphlet form. The date and place of writing are uncertain. The 1674 edition of the Manual of Prayers contains the direction to the boys ‘be sure to sing the Morning and Evening Hymn in your chamber devoutly’. It is possible that Ken’s own hymns are referred to here, although Ken may have had in mind the Latin hymns ‘Iam lucis orto sidere’* and ‘Te lucis ante terminum’*. Following the publication of spurious editions in 1705 and...

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