Treasure No 8: The Hymn as a Literary Form

To examine the hymn as a literary form, then, we must examine these limitations. First, the hymn is designed to be sung. Even if the writer has no specific tune in mind as he writes, he must have a potential tune. The metre and rhythm of the words must be essentially tuneworthy. Here at once we see how different is …

Treasure No 7: The Hymnal 1940

Since few-copies of this book have yet reached this country, and few readers are likely to have a copy for reference, this article must include a certain amount of description. The book contains 600 hymns, 100 chants, and 41 other items (mostly settings of the Communion liturgy). The complete edition is a substantial volume of 828 pages, weighing 27 ounces …

Treasure No 6: Hymns and no Hymns

Now when you consider the history of man—and you may choose any ages in any regions—you find that he remains a curiously static figure. Circumstances may appear to be totally different; man remains almost totally unchanged. God back to the Homeric epics with their semi-human deities and their curious rites, and you find in their characters the kind of persons …

Treasure No 1: The Society and its aims

The 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 meeting for ordinary members also. Copies of the prospectus were distributed in April. As yet these have …