John Ellerton: Being a Collection of his Writings on Hymnology, Together with a Sketch of his Life and Works
by Housman, Henry
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Hardcover. Brighton / New York, 1896. 8vo, blue cloth, 427 pp. A scarce study on the hymn writer and hymnologist John Ellerton, illustrated with portraits. "While Ellerton wrote a total of eighty-six hymns his greatest contribution to hymnody was as an editor and critical assessor. In compiling Church Hymns for the SPCK he pleaded for the inclusion of hymns from a variety of traditions. He was also keen to provide notes and illustrations to the hymns for a general readership, believing that accessibility should be a prime feature of congregational singing. His work as an editor also taught him to appreciate the practical value of hymnals, and the diversity of local practice and theological opinion; this led him to oppose the introduction of authorized or official hymnals for particular communions. His own compositions were marked by a sensitive use of imagery and wide parish appeal; ?The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended? was chosen by Queen Victoria as one of the hymns for her diamond jubilee in 1897." A very good copy with a small private library bookplate to front pastedown, else near fine. Scarce. . Very Good. 1896. First Edition. (Inventory #: 15551)
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