Treasure No 77: Canticles Old and New

Treasure No 77: Canticles Old and New by Anne Harrison: An Article from Bulletin 267, April 2011 (Hymn Society Conference Lecture, Durham, 28 July 2010 Edited for The Bulletin) ‘Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine: may Jesus Christ be praised!’   these well known lines from the hymn ‘When morning gilds the skies’, Caswall uses the word …

Treasure No 76: Producing 5,842 hymns

Treasure No 76: Producing 5,842 hymns by Bert Tosh An Article from Bulletin 262, January 2010 (A transcript of the paper given to the Hymn Society Conference of 2009) hen your President asked me for a title for this talk and I came up with ‘Producing 5,842 hymns’, I wondered if you thought there was another Charles Wesley in your …

Treasure No 75: The Price of Sin

Treasure No 75: The Price of Sin by Leslie Ivory An Article from Bulletin 258, October 2008 (This article has been adapted from a Short Metre presentation given at the Hymn Society Conference in Liverpool, July 2008). The Penguin Book of Hymns Ian Bradley tells us that several New Testament scholars have admired the theology of Cecil Frances Alexander’s hymn …

Treasure No 74: Geoffrey Beaumont and the 20th Century Church Light Music Group – A Recognition of their Contribution to Contemporary Hymnody

Treasure No 74: Geoffrey Beaumont and the 20th Century Church Light Music Group – A Recognition of their Contribution to Contemporary Hymnody by Simon Parry: An article from Bulletin 256, July 2008 he breadth of music used today for worship is staggering, as is the abundance of hymnals and songbooks. Styles also vary enormously, ranging from the traditional four-part hymn …

Treasure No 73: Healing the Nations: Fred Kaan The Man and his Hymns by Gillian Warson, Stainer & Bell Ltd. 115 pp £9.50 ISBN 0-85249-889-6

Treasure No 73: Healing the Nations: Fred Kaan The Man and his Hymns by Gillian Warson, A Book Review from Bulletin 251, March 2007 by Alan Gaunt ome years ago I suggested to Fred Kaan that he could write a fascinating autobiography. He was not so inclined, but I continued to believe that such a book would have been fascinating …

Treasure No 67: Mrs Alexander

Treasure No 67: Mrs Alexander by Valerie Wallace: An article from Bulletin 227, April 2001 (Condensed from an address at the Society’s conference in Dublin, July 2000.) ecil 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 …

Treasure No 65: Hymnody and Belonging

Treasure No 65: Hymnody and Belonging by Graham Deans: An article from Bulletins 220 & 221 Summer & Autumn 1999 (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 …

Treasure No 64: The English Hymn (review)

Treasure No 64: The English Hymn (review) by Elizabeth Cosnett: An article from Bulletin 214, Winter 1998 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) he publication of this scholarly, thought-provoking and enormously enjoyable book is …

Treasure No 63: The Hymnologist’s Bookshelf

Treasure No 63: The Hymnologist’s Bookshelf by B. Massey: An article from Bulletin 211, Spring 1997 ack 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 …

Treasure No 62: Ten Laws of Hymnal Committees

Treasure No 62: Ten Laws of Hymnal Committees by Christopher Idle: An article from Bulletin 208, Summer 1996 ooks of hymns are called hymnals. Books about hymns may be historical companions or devotional compilations. Then there are books about hymn-writers, from the popularly glossy to the academically scholarly. There are even books about hymnals which we know as surveys, guides …