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Htmnology is attracting much notice at the present time, but only a student of the subject can realize how much we owe to lady hymn writers. It takes poetic feeling, fervent devotion, and religious experience to make a good hymn, and all these must be conceded to most of our women hymn writers, as we think the specimens here given will prove.
Many friends have helped me by indicating sources from whence information could be gleaned, or by furnishing such information. Among them I must name especially Mrs. C. R Alexander, wife of the Bishop of Deny; Rev. Andrew Carter, editor of the British Messenger; Rev. C. G. Reskelly of Littledean; Mr. Arthur E. Grant of Burnley; Mr. George Penn of London, who passed away while the book was in the printer's hands; Miss K. Oxborrow of Ipswich; Miss Birkbeck; Mr. E. J. Ensor, and others. I am also greatly indebted to the Rev. W. Garrett Horder's "Hymn Lover," and SchafFs "Library of Religious Poetry," for various particulars concerning hymn writers.
Miller's "Our Hymns: Their Authors and Origin," 1866; Eobertson's "English Poetesses," 1883; Christopher's "Hymn Writers and their Hymns," 1883; Horder's " The Hymn Lover," 1889; "Christian Hymns and Hymn Writers," 1886; Macdonald's "England's Antiphon;" "Voice of Christian Life in Song," 1872; "The New Methodist HymnBook and its Writers;" "The Poets of Methodism," 1875; "Evenings with the Sacred Poets;" "Selection from Poems of Charlotte Elliott;'' King's "Anglican Hymnology," 1885; Miss Procter's "Legends and Lyrics;" "Life of Jane Taylor;" Schaff's "Library of Religious Poetry;" "Cyclopedia of Female Biography;" Balfour's "Sketches of English Literature;" Miss Mitford's " Recollections of a Literary Life;" "Sweet Singers of Wales," 1890; "Hymns from the Land of Luther," 1854; "Christian Singers of Germany," 1869; "Countess of Huntingdon's Hymn-Book;" Horder's "Congregational Hymns," 1889; "Women Poets of the Victorian Era," 1891; Lord Shelborne's "Book of Praise," 1880; Morley's " English Literature," 1881.