Treasure No 20: The New Song (A Sermon)

The New Song (A Sermon) by T. W. Poole An article from Bulletin 77, Autumn 1956 (A sermon preached in St. Michael’s Church, Croydon, on 12 June, 1956, before the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, by the Rev. J. W. Poole, Rector of Merstham, Honorary Chaplain of the Royal School of Church Music, sometime Precentor of Canterbury). I …

Treasure No 19: Hymns and Youth

Treasure No 19: Hymns and Youth by Erik Routley: An article from Bulletin 71, Spring 1955 must begin these observations by asking my reader’s pardon for a very offensive title. If there be any to whom the generic use of the word ‘youth’ brings occasion for a sigh or a snort, I assure him that it brings it equally to …

Treasure No 15: Joseph Hart, 1712–1768

Treasure No 15: Joseph Hart, 1712–1768 by Erik Routley: An article from Bulletin 54, January 1951 was fortunate enough recently to pick up a copy of the seventh edition of the Hymns etc. Composed on various subjects by J. Hart. The volume is undated, but it is a reprint of the third edition, which includes (what is much to our …

Treasure No 13: “Julian”

Treasure No 13: “Julian” by Erik Routley: An article from Bulletin No. 48, July 1949 What is Julian? he year 1891 was a great year for hymnology; you might say that in that year hymnology graduated from the status of a hobby to that of a science, for it was in that year that the house of John Murray published …

Treasure No 12: Victorian Hymn-Composers III – Henry John Gauntlett, 1805-76

Treasure No 12: Victorian Hymn-Composers III – Henry John Gauntlett, 1805-76 by Erik Routley: An article from Bulletin No. 46, January 1949 his survey of eminent Victorians in the field of hymn-composition has so far taken us to the Cathedral and the Parish-church of Anglicanism. Here, however, we encounter that weighty if somewhat unreliable influence, the singing Free Church. Gauntlett …

Treasure No 11: “Blest Pair of Sirens”

Treasure No 11: “Blest Pair of Sirens” by V. M. Caird: An article from Bulletin No. 41, October 1947 a previous article in this journal I attempted to answer the question “What is a good hymn?” This time I propose to deal with the more practical side of the subject—to appeal for good hymns to be sung, and for bad …

Treasure No 10: Hymns on the Air

Treasure No 10: Hymns on the Air by the Rev. Cyril Taylor (Religious Broadcasting Department, B.B.C.): An article from Bulletin No. 41, October 1947 have been asked to review the field of hymn-singing on the air, and to say something about the criteria which govern the choice of hymns in religious broadcasts. As these programmes stand at the moment, no …

Treasure No 9: ‘English Hymnal’ and ‘Ancient and Modern’

Treasure No 9: ‘English Hymnal’ and ‘Ancient and Modern’ by Erik Routley: An article from Bulletin No. 38, January 1947 brief correspondence has appeared in the columns of The Musical Times for September, October, and November, 1946, under the general heading of “Hymn Tunes,” but dealing in fact with the rival merits of The English Hymnal and Hymns Ancient and …

Treasure No 8: The Hymn as a Literary Form

Treasure No 8: The Hymn as a Literary Form by V. M. Caird: An article from Bulletin No. 38, January 1947 he construction of a good hymn essentially an art of limitations, for the hymn is probably bounded by more rules than any other literary form. Many an aspiring hymn-writer must have felt that this damned his chances at the …

Treasure No 7: The Hymnal 1940

Treasure No 7: The Hymnal 1940 by Erik Routley: An article from Bulletin No. 34, January 1946 he full title of The Hymnal, of which some account is to be given here, is “The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.” The date “1940” which appears on the title-page is the date when the General …

Treasure No 1: The Society and its aims

Treasure No 1: The Society and its aims: An article from Bulletin No 1, October 1937 Formation he Society was formed a year ago by a little group of known enthusiasts brought together on the initiative of Dr J. R. Fleming. Subsequent meetings of the Executive were held in April and June, and in the latter month there was a …