Treasure No 64: The English Hymn (review)

The new book certainly deserves to achieve the classic status of Benson’s earlier work, but for different reasons. Despite an interval of eighty-two years the difference in historical scope is somewhat less than one might expect. Both writers naturally start with the metrical psalmody of the Reformation and Benson concluded with a detailed look at what was, for him, very …

Treasure No 10: Hymns on the Air

As these programmes stand at the moment, no less than thirty hymns are broadcast every week. 1. The Daily Service (Home Service, 10.15 a.m.). From the very first this has been one of the foundations of British broadcasting. It contains two hymns, the first being linked with the opening prayers of worship, thanksgiving, or confession, the second with the closing …

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 …