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clergyman , author , poet

John Keble was an English clergyman and poet. Keble was one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement.

He based the doctrine and devotion of his important poetical work The Christian Year (1827) on the Book of Common Prayer.


John Keble was born on 25 April 1792 in Fairford, where his father served a vicar.


A brilliant student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he was elected a Fellow of Oriel College there in 1811 and remained as a tutor until 1823, when he became a country curate.

His career (1807–11) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was one of unusual distinction.


His book of hymns, The Christian Year, appeared in 1827, and from 1831 to 1841 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Keble is perhaps best known for the part he played in launching the "High Church" movement with Pusey and Newman, his friends at Oriel College: his sermon at Oxford on July 14, 1833, National Apostasy, was regarded by Newman as opening the campaign.

Keble also contributed eight articles to the Tracts for the Times, from which the Tractarian movement took its name.

Alarmed at the suppression of 10 bishoprics in Ireland, Keble preached (1833) a sermon that he called"National Apostasy.

"J. H. Newman later called this the beginning of the Oxford movement.

From 1836 he held the living of Hursley, Hampshire.

His works include an edition of Richard Hooker's works (1836), a life of Bishop Wilson (1863), the Oxford Psalter (1839) and Lyra Innocentium: Thoughts in Verse on Children (1846).

Among his poems are the well-known hymns Red o'er the Forest, New Every Morning Is Thy Love, and Sun of My Soul.


  • Anglican priest and poet who originated and helped lead the Oxford Movement, which sought to revive in Anglicanism the High Church ideals of the later 17th-century church.



He was a member of The Oxford Movement.


A shy, saintly man, he was grieved when Newman embraced Roman Catholicism, and remained loyal to high Anglicanism.