Treasure No 67: Mrs Alexander

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. [Condensed from an address at the Society’s conference in Dublin, July 2000.] Cecil Frances Alexander, that most notable and prolific of all the Victorian hymn writers, was born in a well-to-do part of Dublin in 1818. Her mother’s stock had produced a line of Army officers and …

Treasure No 66: Farewell to the Twentieth Century

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. A revised version of the lecture given at the Annual Conference, Lampeter, July 1999 The first—and the last—response to twentieth-century hymnody should be praise. In between I shall suggest some problems, but they are general problems of belief, and worship, and, although they have serious consequences for …

Treasure No 65: Hymnody and Belonging

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. [This article is condensed from part of the dissertation presented by Mr Deans in November 1998 for his M.Th. degree at Westminster College, Oxford. The original title was ‘Hymnody and Belonging: an Examination of Effective Uses of Christian Hymns in Ministry to the Confused Elderly’. However, the …

Treasure No 64: The English Hymn (review)

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study, by J R. Watson. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1997. xi 4–552 pp. £65.00 (£48.00 to Hymn Society members using special order form with July Bulletin) The publication of this scholarly, thought-provoking and enormously enjoyable book is a major event for …

Treasure No 63: The Hymnologist’s Bookshelf

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. Back in Bulletin 142 (May 1978) we published, under this title, an article surveying the various books then available giving information about hymns, tunes, and their use. The article arose because members of the society were being asked ‘Where can I find information about such and such?’ …