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Book Title: The English Hymnal|
The author of the book: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Edition: Oxford University Press, Oxford
Date of issue: March 26th 1963
ISBN 13: 9780192311115
Format files: PDF
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This book may surely lay claim to being the best hymn book (words and music) in the English language; and the perfect companion (in both theology, language and music) to the British 1662 Book of Common Prayer. No watering down / political correction of lyrics here.
I was both cheered yet unsurprised to observe that Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven had chosen the ‘traditional’ lyrics of The English Hymnal for two of the hymns sung at her ceremonial funeral at St Paul’s cathedral (London) today: “He who would valiant be” (402, tune Monks Gate) and “Love Divine all loves excelling” (437, tune Moriah). I’ve known “Love Divine…” to be sung at very many weddings; only today did I realise that to my mind the sentiment of the lyrics do actually seem to fit better to a funeral service!
Here indeed is life as it is lived and experienced to the full. Rejoice and sing.
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