Treasure No 8: The Hymn as a Literary Form

The 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 outset, and laid down his pen in despair. Yet such limitations can enhance rather than detract from greatness. “Nuns fret not …

Treasure No 7: The Hymnal 1940

The 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 Convention of the Episcopal Church accepted a report submitted by a Hymnal Commission appointed in 1937. The …

Treasure No 5: The New Nazi Hymn Book

There has recently been published in Germany, by the Press of the “German Christian” group, a new hymn book entitled Grosser Gott wir loben Dich (Schneider & Co., Weimar). A long review of it in the magazine Theologische Blätter gives some idea of its character. Whereas previous books gave about 500 hymns, this one contains only 284. More than two-thirds …

Treasure No 1: The Society and its aims

Formation 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 …