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The Constitutes of a Good Hymn: by The Rev William T Cairns DD

The subject which has been appointed for me to open this forenoon may seem at first sight a very simple one, alike for the writer and for those who discuss what he has written. Even the man in the street has his own ideas about a hymn—at least about the kind of hymn which he likes; and the B.B.C., from St Martin’s-in-the-Fields and other Regional centres, is ready to give him all he wishes. We members of the Hymn Society may well go a step or two further, and not only form a judgment on the “Constituents of a Good Hymn,” but be prepared to give our reasons and justify our opinion…More

Reality in Worship: by Frederick John Gillman, October 1939

With some reference to the Society of Friends and their relation to Hymn-singing

The pitfalls besetting public worship are manifold, and they doubtless have at some time or another caused many searchings of heart, lest we should fall short of complete integrity of spirit…More