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English Hymns free pdf Excerpt from English Hymns: Their Authors and History I have written this Preface, in waking and dreaming moments, a good many times. It is "borne in upon me" - as the Quakers say - that the Courteous Reader and I must make each other's acquaintance in the first person singular before we are separated by the editorial "We." I would not have him "mislike me for my complexion," or fancy that, because this is a somewhat elaborate - and, I hope, somewhat accurate - treatise on the Authors and History of English Hymns, it must therefore be dry reading and useless to all except the musty grubbers among old hymn-books. Nor would I have him - or her, for I know as many women who love hymns as I do men! - think me capable of imposing on his credulity with every sort of ill-grounded or sentimental tradition concerning the origin or the use of these Hymns. The size of the present volume shows what has been omitted as well as included. And as this is in no sense either a work of fiction or of dead statistics, I have confined myself to the truth as I found it, and have mainly restrained a desire to indulge in the Comparison of Texts and the History of Alterations. I suppose I might add, too, that I have only plucked a few flowers from the outer limits of that great garden of Christian Biography wherein grow Solomon's rose, Christ's lily, Chaucer's daisy, and Robert Robinson's saffron-crocus. It was when I was busy with the Latin Hymns that this work was peremptorily forced upon me by the exigencies of the case. Large as it was, I looked upon it only as the adytum or vestibule to that cathedral of ancient praise. But I soon found that English Hymnology afforded a very fruitful field, for, as a rule, in the immensity of material each editor has perforce taken a certain direction and dug his galleries and shafts to correspond. Such a thing as one General Guide to the whole subject of the Hymns themselves was not to be had. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Samuel Willoughby Duffield
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330582691
EAN : 9781330582695
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 688 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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