The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study

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OUP Oxford, 10.07.1997 - 564 Seiten
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D.H. Lawrence, writing of the poems that had meant most to him, said that they were `still not woven so deep in me as the rather banal Nonconformist hymns that penetrated through and through my childhood'. It is not easy to account for this, and most writing about hymns has not helped because it has concentrated on their content and function in worship and liturgy. In the present book the author tries to account for feelings like Lawrence's by examining the hymn form and its progress through the centuries from the Reformation to the present day. He begins by discussing the status of a hymn text and relates it to the demands made upon it by the needs of singing. A chronological study then traces the development of the English hymn, from the metrical psalms of the Reformation, through the seventeenth century and Isaac Watts to the Wesleys, Cowper, Toplady, and others, and then to the great flood of hymn writing that occurred during the Victorian period, together with the great success of Hymns Ancient and Modern. There are chapters on American hymnody and women's hymn writing, and sections on gospel hymns and the translation of German hymnody. A final chapter takes the story into the twentieth century, with a brief postscript on the revival of hymn writing since 1960.

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The State of the Art
1
2 The Singing of Hymns and the Experience of Metre
22
The Whole Booke of Psalmes
42
George Wither and Others
57
5 The SeventeenthCentury Anglican Tradition
81
Puritan Psalms and Hymns
103
7 Isaac Watts
133
8 After Watts
171
Montgomery Heber Keble
300
13 The Victorian Hymn
335
14 The Oxford Movement and the Revival of Ancient Hymnody
355
15 Hymns Ancient and Modern
387
16 Victorian Women HymnWriters
422
17 American Hymnody
461
18 Different Traditions
486
19 Into the Twentieth Century
511

9 John and Charles Wesley
205
10 Charles Wesley and His Art
230
11 After the Wesleys
265
Select Bibliography
533
Index
547
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