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The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study

J. R. Watson


The English Hymn is a literary form that has been undervalued by literary criticism. This book, subtitled ‘a critical and historical study’, seeks to re‐establish it as a form that deserves serious attention, and which should be taken into account in any attempt to revise the canon of literature. There is a brief discussion of hymn theory, and of the relationship between words and music. The historical coverage begins with the metrical psalms of the Reformation and the sacred poetry of the seventeenth century, and continues through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the publication of ... More

Keywords: canon of literature, Church History, hymn, hymn criticism, hymn theory, sacred poetry, worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198270027
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019827002X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. R. Watson, author
University of Durham
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