Dissenting Praise: Religious Dissent and the Hymn in England and Wales

Hardcover | April 3, 2011

EditorIsabel Rivers, David L. Wykes

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The introduction of hymns and hymn-singing into public worship in the seventeenth century by dissenters from the Church of England has been described as one of the greatest contributions ever made to Christian worship. Hymns, that is metrical compositions which depart too far from the text ofScripture to be called paraphrases, have proved to be one of the most effective mediums of religious thought and feeling, second only to the Bible in terms of their influence. This comprehensive collection of essays by specialist authors provides the first full account of dissenting hymns and their impact in England and Wales, from the mid seventeenth century, when the hymn emerged out of metrical psalms as a distinct literary form, to the early twentieth century, afterwhich the traditional hymn began to decline in importance. It covers the development of hymns in the mid seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the change in attitudes to hymns and their growing popularity in the course of the eighteenth century, and the relation of hymnody to the broaderCongregational, Baptist, Methodist, and Unitarian cultures of the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including the style, language, and theology of hymns; their use both in private by families and in public by congregations; their editing, publication and reception, including the changing of words for doctrinal and stylistic reasons; their role inpromoting evangelical Christianity; their shaping of denominational identities; and the practice of hymn-singing and the development of hymn-tunes.

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The introduction of hymns and hymn-singing into public worship in the seventeenth century by dissenters from the Church of England has been described as one of the greatest contributions ever made to Christian worship. Hymns, that is metrical compositions which depart too far from the text ofScripture to be called paraphrases, have pro...

Isabel Rivers obtained her BA at Girton College, Cambridge and her PhD at Columbia University. A former Reader at the University of Leicester and Reader and Professor at the University of Oxford, since 2004 she has been Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, Unive...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:April 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Isabel Rivers and David L. Wykes: Introduction1. Elizabeth Clarke: Hymns, Psalms, and Controversy in the Seventeenth Century2. J. R. Watson: The Hymns of Isaac Watts and the Tradition of Dissent3. Francoise Deconinck-Brossard: The Circulation and Reception of Philip Doddridge's Hymns4. Ken Manley: John Rippon and Baptist Hymnody5. David M. Thompson: Finding Successors to 'the Poet of the Sanctuary': Josiah Conder in Context6. Clyde Binfield: W. Garrett Horder and Congregational Hymnody: An Introduction to The Hymn Lover and its Author7. Alan Ruston: James Martineau and the Evolution of Unitarian Hymnody8. Nicholas Temperley: The Music of Dissent9. E. Wyn James: The Evolution of the Welsh Hymn