Thomas Ken, a bishop of the Church of England, was born in Berkhampstead, England in 1637. He was educated at Winchester School and Oxford University, graduating in 1661. With six other bishops he refused to publish the “Declaration of Indulgence” issued by James II in 1688 and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. After his release he spent the rest of his life writing hymns and devotional works. He died in 1711.