Charles Kingsley was an English priest as well as a writer and university professor. His texts have been set to music by American composers Arthur Foote and Ethelbert Nevin, among others. Internationally, Kingsley's texts have been set by Charles Gounod, Paul Hindemith, and Gustav Holst.
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Kingsley is known for his sympathy towards the theory of evolution and praise of Darwin's On the Origin of Species.