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A collection of hymns made in 1964 for Rodborough Tabernacle Congregational Church, Gloucestershire (now Rodborough U.R.C.) by John and Mary Ticehurst (John Ticehurst being the minister of the Church at that time).
It contained (among others) a number of hymns by Albert Bayly, including the following which were there published for the first time -
G.Rorison: Hymns & Anthems &c.
(a) Gilbert Rorison: Hymns and Anthems adjusted to the Church Services throughout the Christian Year, London, Hope & Co., 1851
Contained 152 hymns, 30 psalm-versions, and words of 18 anthems. The hymns included 24 translations by himself.
- RS-239 Jesus lives! Thy terrors now
(b) - do - Hymns adapted to the Church Services throughout the Christian Year: with a Selection of Metrical Psalms; Peterhead, W.L.Taylor, 1860
A completely recast edition of the 1851 book, omitting the Anthems and some of the hymns and psalms. This contained 250 psalms and hymns. Julian described it as ` . . . on the whole the best Scottish Episcopal collection'.
(c) - do - with Appendix, 1869; increasing the 1860 total to 310 hymns and psalms
[ For full lists of Christina Rossetti's published works, see the Preface to William Rossetti's edition of his sister's Poems. ]
(a) Christina Georgina Rossetti: Time Flies. A Reading Diary, Macmillan, 1885 (an edition of 1897, published by S.P.C.K., is in the British Library)
Consisted of 365 short passages of prose or verse, one for each day of the year, together with an Appendix of 33 `Readings for certain moveable Holy Days'.
All the entries are brief, averaging less than one page in length (the 400 entries take only 280 pages in the 1897 edition seen); and with a few exceptions - mainly embedded quotations from or references to other writers, including passages of scripture - the daily entries are Christina Rossetti's own compositions.
In addition to the `moveable' days covered in the Appendix, many of the entries are related to a recurrent celebration or anniversary; for these the author drew largely on a table of "Saints' days", and used these as the inspiration for a little commemoration or homily. In a footnote to the entry for March 1st -- represented, naturally, by a paragraph about St David -- she acknowledged her main source of information:
My "black letter Feasts" have been studied mainly from "The Lives of the Saints," by the Rev.S.Baring-Gould; from which interesting work most of my quotations, whether at first hand or at second hand, are taken. Recording these facts, I record no less my permanent obligation to the Author.
The daily readings are of variable merit, and in some respects the whole collection reads like a slightly up-market `Friendship Calendar'. It will probably remain best known for its entry for December 29th - coincidentally, the day of her death 10 years later - which consisted of the third of three Christmas poems: `Love came down at Christmas'.
- RS-614 Love came down at Christmas
(b) Christina Georgina Rossetti: Verses, S.P.C.K., 1893
Consisted mainly of reprints, with some alterations, of versespreviously published in 1866, 1872 and 1881 (but also including the altered version of `Love came down at Christmas' - see notes on this hymn.
(c) Christina Georgina Rossetti : Poetical Works, 1904;edited, with a memoir, by her brother William Michael Rossetti.
- RS-162 In the bleak mid-winter
- RS-614 Love came down at Christmas
William Rossetti's volume contains, as well as all of his sister's published poems, complete lists with dates of her published works, both prose and poetry. The volumes of poetry are listed at the beginning of his Preface, and those containing prose writings at the end of the Memoir. The Memoir itself, although described by him as `brief', gives a very rounded picture both of his sister's life and character, and of the family and household and the literary and artistic circles in which their lives were spent.
The Preface and Memoir are transcribed separately and (except for an omitted section of the Memoir) in full. To view, select
See also a general note on "Antiphoners"
(a) Erik Routley: An English-Speaking Hymnal Guide; The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota 1979
Contained generally brief but surprisingly detailed notes on 888 hymns in common use among the author's North American readership; together with a chronological index of persons, a bibliography of hymnological resources, a characteristic Routleian Introductory essay, and a complete transcription of A.M.Toplady's Questions and Answers Relative to the National Debt. [ See also a note on Toplady's hymn "Rock of ages", RS-365. ]
The Hymnal Guide was designed as one of three more or less simultaneous publications, the other two being the Panorama and Music of Christian Hymnody described below. The introductory essay to the Guide begins by setting out the purpose of the three books:
"A man or woman who has one hymnal in the house, and who opens it occasionally, is already on the way to becoming an intelligent hymn-singer. A man or woman who has two hymnals is on the way to becoming a hymnologist. He or she who has two hymnals and a Companion (such as this one) has advanced far enough along the road not to want to turn back.
"It is one thing - and a not unpleasurable thing - to confine the hymnal to church, and to sing from it there without much thought. It is far better to have a copy at home and either occasionally or regularly to read from it, or to play from it (if you can play), and to become personally familiar with what it contains. It is, I think, a generation that has almost passed away that regularly did this; but I did in my own youth know seniors who kept their hymnal next to their Bible, read from both at their prayers, and snatched both if they were suddenly taken into hospital. The present book and its companion volumes, A Panorama of Christian Hymnody and The Music of Christian Hymnody, are designed to introduce readers to this almost forgotten pleasure, and to help them find their own way about in a country through which so many travel without ever really looking at the scenery. ... "
The Hymnal Guide is currently (2004) being revised by Peter Cutts.
(b) Erik Routley: A Panorama of Christian Hymnody, G.I.A. Publications, Chicago, 1979
The book consists of an in-depth review, historical, theological and critical, of a wide sweep of Christian hymnody, from Mediaeval hymns (and their classical antecedents) to the present day. At the end of each chapter, in which many hymns are discussed or referred to, the full text of each hymn is given - or a significant extract in the case of very lengthy originals. For many of the hymns which appear in English translations, an original-language version is also given.
The text versions printed are not necessarily those of an authenticated original; and many hymns which have been altered by subsequent editors appear in what may be a more familiar version. The purpose of text quotation was evidently to illustrate the compiler's narrative, rather than to provide material for textual criticism. However, the source of each extract, in the version given, is indicated at the end of each text.
The indexes include a table showing, for each quoted hymn, its number in each of a wide selection of British and American hymnals.
The Panorama has been revised and extended for a new edition, by Prof. Paul Richardson, Samford University, Birmingham AL, USA; the new edition is expected to be published late in 2004.
(c) Erik Routley: The Music of Christian Hymns; G.I.A.Publications, Chicago 1981
Companion volume to the Hymnal Guide and the Panorama described above. The first half of the book contains 25 chapters of the history of hymn music in Britain, including its European origins, with a closing chapter on "The Twentieth Century in America, Canada and Australia" and one on "Contemporary Hymnody in non-English-speaking regions". This is followed by over 600 music examples, to which reference is made in the narrative chapters.
Not to be confused with an earlier book by Erik Routley, The Music of Christian Hymnody, Independent Press 1957 (see separate note).
Contains numerous (208) music notation examples of hymn melodies and harmonizations; and an index to ERR's notes on hymn tunes with references to The English Hymnal, for which (as he said) `no Companion exists', to enable readers to use his book as a substitute `Companion to EH'.
Two volumes of Discourses, with many of his hymns, published posthumously from his MSS.
(See also Julian, p.983b)
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