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Matthew Bridges, who wrote the original six stanzas of the hymn, "Crown Him with Many Crowns," was born in Maldon, Essex, in 1800. Although he was raised in the Anglican church, he was converted to Catholicism in 1848 in connection with the Oxford Movement led by John Henry Newman.
Bridges published a number of pose and poetry books, and a couple of hymn collections, Hymns of the Heart, 1851 and The Passion of Jesus, 1852.
Matthew Bridges lived in Quebec, Canada for several years, later returning to England to live in a small villa at the Convent of the Assumption at Sidmouth, Devon, where he died in 1894.