The English Hymn Paperback

A Critical and Historical Study

by J.r. Watson;

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The English Hymn

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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.

The English Hymn by J.r. Watson was published by Oxford University Press in August 1999 and is our 26687th best seller. The ISBN for The English Hymn is 9780198270027.

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Details for The English Hymn

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (August 1999)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages564
Thickness30 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code34590
Page last updated 22nd March 2017
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