ALL praise to Thee, my God, this night,
This hymn, as also No. 7, was written more than two centuries ago by Thomas Ken. He was born in 1637, was educated at Winchester College and Oxford, and became a clergyman. We do not know just when he wrote the hymns, but he printed them in a little book ofprayers he made for the scholars at Winchester. Ken was a good man in a bad time. His holy life shines like "a good deed in a naughty world." He was made Bishop of Bath and Wells by King Charles II, who respected him because he was brave. But his life was filled with troubles until he died in 1711. His morning and evening hymns still live in millions of hearts. There are 12 verses in all in this hymn. [NOTES—Verse 1, line 4. See Psalms xvii, 8; xxxvi, 7. Verse 3, line 3. Vile body. " Vile " is used in the older sense of" held in little esteem " (that is, as compared with the "glorious" resurrection body).