Religion: Ancient & Modern

The Voice That Breathed o'er Eden was gone; so were Once to Every Man and Nation, and 328 others. But the newly revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, published last week, had 167 new hymns.

First published (with music) in 1861, Hymns Ancient & Modern included about 160 hymns selected by a group of Church of England clergymen from various Anglican and other hymnbooks then in use. Through a series of revisions and supplements the original compilation waxed increasingly fat, until the current Standard Edition, dating from 1922, bulged with 779 hymns—good, bad, and virtually unsung.

Prominent among the newcomers for which...

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