Hymns Ancient and Modern

Hymns Ancient and Modern is a hymnal in common use within the Church of England, a result of the efforts of the Oxford Movement. The hymnal was first published in 1861. The organization publishing it has now been formed into a charitable trust, Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd,[1] and As of 2022 it publishes a wide range of hymnals as well as other theological and religious books and magazines, under imprints including the acquired publishers Canterbury Press and SCM Press.

Hymns Ancient and Modern
Title page to the first edition, 1861
Commissioned byWilliam Denton, Francis Murray, Sir Henry Williams Baker, 3rd Baronet
Approved forChurch of England
Publisher(Currently) Canterbury Press
EditorWilliam Henry Monk
No. of Hymns273

Origin edit

Hymn singing edit

By 1830 the regular singing of hymns in the dissenting churches (outside the Church of England) had become widely accepted due to hymn writers like Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley and others.[2] In the Church of England hymn singing was not an integral part of Orders of Service until the early 19th century, and hymns, as opposed to metrical psalms, were not officially sanctioned.[2][3] From about 1800, parish churches started to use different hymn collections in informal services, like the Lock Hospital Collection[4] (1769) by Martin Madan, the Olney Hymns[5] (1779) by John Newton and William Cowper and A Collection of Hymns for the Use of The People Called Methodists[6] (1779) by John Wesley and Charles Wesley.[2][7]

Oxford Movement edit

A further impetus to hymn singing in the Anglican Church came in the 1830s from the Oxford Movement, led by John Keble and John Henry Newman.[3] Being an ecclesiastical reform movement within the Anglican Church, the Oxford Movement wanted to recover the lost treasures of breviaries and service books of the ancient Greek and Latin churches.[3][2] As a result Greek, Latin and even German hymns in translation entered the mainstream of English hymnody.[3] These translations were composed by people like John Chandler,[8] John Mason Neale, Thomas Helmore, Edward Caswall, Jane Laurie Borthwick and Catherine Winkworth.[3][9][10] Besides stimulating the translation of medieval hymns, and use of plainsong melodies, the Oxford Reformers, inspired by Reginald Heber's work, also began to write original hymns.[11][3] Among these hymnwriters were clergy like Henry Alford, Henry Williams Baker, Sabine Baring-Gould, John Keble and Christopher Wordsworth and laymen like Matthew Bridges,[12] William Chatterton Dix and Folliott Sandford Pierpoint.[3]

Accomplishment of the Hymns Ancient and Modern edit

William Henry Monk, original editor of the hymnal.

The growing popularity of hymns inspired the publication of more than 100 hymnals during the period 1810–1850.[13] The sheer number of these collections prevented any one of them from being successful.[3] A beginning of what would become the Hymns Ancient and Modern was made with the Hymns and Introits (1852), edited by George Cosby White.[14]: 22  The idea for the hymn-book arose in 1858 when two clergymen, both part of the Oxford Movement, met on a train: William Denton of St Bartholomew, Cripplegate, co-editor of the Church Hymnal (1853)[15] and Francis Henry Murray, editor of the Hymnal for Use in the English Church[16][17][14] Denton suggested that the 1852 Hymnal for use in the English Church by Francis Murray and the Hymns and Introits[18] by George Cosby White should be amalgamated to satisfy the need for standardisation of the hymn books in use throughout England.

Besides their idea, Henry Williams Baker and Rev. P. Ward were already engaged on a similar scheme for rival books. Given the lack of unanimity in the church's use of hymns, Henry Williams Baker thought it necessary to compile one book which would command general confidence.[3] After ascertaining by private communications the widespread desire of churchmen for greater uniformity in the use of hymns and of hymnbooks in the services of the Church, Sir Henry Baker, vicar of Monkland in the diocese of Hereford, early in 1858 associated himself for this purpose with about twenty clergymen, including the editors of many existing hymnals, who agreed to give up their several books to try to promote the use of one standard hymn book.[19] In October of that year an advertisement in The Guardian, the High Church newspaper, invited co-operation, and over 200 clergymen responded.[19]

In January 1859 the committee set to work under the lead of Henry William Baker.[19] An appeal was made to the clergy and to their publishers to withdraw their individual collections and to support this new combined venture.[3] They founded a board, called the "Proprietors", which oversaw both the publication of the hymnal and the application of the profits to support appropriate charities, or to subsidise the purchase of the hymn books by poor parishes. The superintendent was William Henry Monk. One of the advisors, John Keble, recommended that it should be made a comprehensive hymn-book.[14]: 24  This committee set themselves to produce a hymn-book which would be a companion to the Book of Common Prayer.[20] Another intention of the founders of Hymns Ancient and Modern was that it would improve congregational worship for everybody.[21] A specimen was issued in May 1859.[19] In 1860 a trial edition was published, with the imprimatur of Dr Renn Hampden, Sir Henry Baker's diocesan.[19][20] The first full edition with tunes, under the musical editorship of Professor W. H. Monk, King's College, London, appeared on 20 March 1861.[19]

Sources for the Hymns Ancient and Modern edit

The Hymns Ancient and Modern was a rather eclectic collection of hymns that included a broad series of hymns from different religious traditions, in order to achieve a standard edition.[22] Sources included:[10][3][2]

Henry Williams Baker wrote and translated many of the hymns which it contains, and his ability, his profound knowledge of hymnology, and his energetic discharge of the duties of chairman of its committee for twenty years, mainly contributed to its success.[19] Not all the hymns in these sources were already provided with tunes. Therefore, composers like William Henry Monk, the editor of the 1861 edition, John Bacchus Dykes and Frederick Ouseley, John Stainer, Henry Gauntlett and Edmund Hart Turpin provided new hymn tunes. Among the hymns with newly-composed tunes were Eternal Father, Strong to Save and Praise to the Holiest in the Height (John Bacchus Dykes), Onward, Christian Soldiers (Arthur Sullivan) and Abide with Me (William Henry Monk).[25]

The Hymns Ancient and Modern was austere in style and conformed to the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.[11] It also established the practice of writing tunes for specific texts and publishing both texts and tunes together rather than in separate collections, which had been the practice until then.[3] Roughly, the hymns were arranged in the order of the Prayer Book.[20] More specifically, there were separate sections grouped according to liturgical criteria: hymns for the daily offices, Sunday, the church year, Holy Communion and other sacraments, and the various feasts.[22] Furthermore, the Hymns Ancient and Modern was the first influential book to attach "Amen" to every hymn.[20]

Impact edit

Hymns Ancient and Modern experienced immediate and overwhelming success, becoming possibly the most popular English hymnal ever published.[3] The music, expressive and tuneful, greatly assisted to its popularity.[3] Total sales in 150 years were over 170 million copies.,[26] by 2024 nearly 200 million [27] As such, it set the standard for many later hymnals like The English Hymnal which first appeared in 1906 and was succeeded by The New English Hymnal in 1986.[3]

Editions edit

Early editions edit

The first edition, musically supervised by William Henry Monk,[26] was published in 1861 by Novello & Co, with 273 hymns. They also published the 1868 Appendix; but following negotiations, the whole publishing project was placed in the hands of William Clowes and Son later that year. It was revised in 1875 by Monk to produce the second edition, to which Charles Steggall added several supplementary hymns in 1889. In 1904 a "new and revised edition" was published, edited by Bertram Luard-Selby. After many complaints about the difference between this and its predecessors, Charles Steggall's edition was republished in 1906 as the "Complete edition".

Standard edition edit

In 1916 the "old complete edition" was republished for the last time, with a second supplement by Sydney Nicholson. In 1922, the "standard edition" was published, more strongly based on the "old complete edition" than the less popular "new and revised edition". This also was edited by Nicholson, who was the musical editor until he died in 1947.

Revised edition edit

The New Standard Edition on a stall in Bath Abbey.

In 1950 the "revised edition" was published, with G. H. Knight and J. Dykes Bower having both edited since the death of Nicholson. Many hymns were weeded out from the 1950 edition as the editors wished to make space for more recent compositions and to thin out the over-supplemented previous versions. Bower was organist at St. Paul's Cathedral, whilst Knight held the same post at Canterbury.

New Standard Edition edit

In 1975 the proprietors formed a limited company and a registered charity, and in 1983 published the "New Standard Edition". This consisted of 333 of the 636 hymns included in A and M Revised (AMR) and the entire 200-hymn contents of 100 Hymns for Today (HHT, 1969) and More Hymns for Today (MHT, 1980).

Common Praise edit

In 2000 Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd, through its subsidiary the Canterbury Press, published a new hymnal, this time called Common Praise. This was printed by William Clowes Ltd. of Suffolk.

Sing Praise edit

In September 2010 Canterbury Press and the Royal School of Church Music published Sing Praise, subtitled "Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship", containing 330 recently written hymn, song and short chant compositions. The selection was designed to complement Common Praise in particular, but also other hymn books in current use.

Ancient and Modern edit

In March 2013 Canterbury Press published Ancient and Modern, so reverting to the original title without the word "Hymns", but also subtitled Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship, a new edition designed for contemporary patterns of worship. It contains 847 items, including some items from Common Praise and Sing Praise, ranging from psalm settings to John L. Bell, Bernadette Farrell, Stuart Townend and others. In 2014 the British organist John Keys completed recordings of organ accompaniments of all the hymns in the book.

Publisher edit

In 1989 Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd. bought Church Times, the Church of England's periodical, and bought SCM Press in 1997. Other imprints include Canterbury Press. In 2007 it became the distributor for St Andrew Press, the Church of Scotland's publishing house.

Japanese edition edit

The Japanese edition of Hymns Ancient Modern, called Kokin Seika Shū (古今聖歌集), was published in 1902 by the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), with the subsequent several revisions. It was used until 2006, when it was replaced by NSKK Hymnal (日本聖公会聖歌集).

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "HYMNS ANCIENT AND MODERN LIMITED, registered charity no. 270060". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Hymns Ancient and Modern". Smith Creek Music. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Eskew, Harry; McElrath, Hugh T. (1995). Sing with Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Hymnology. Nashville: Church Street Press. pp. 135–139. ISBN 9780805498257.
  4. ^ The Collection of Psalm and hymn tunes, sung at the Chapel of the Lock Hospital. London: Broderip and Wilkinson. 1770.
  5. ^ Olney Hymns. London: T. Wilkins. 1783.
  6. ^ Wesley, John (1779). A Collection of Hymns for the Use of The People Called Methodists. London: John Mason.
  7. ^ Moffatt, James (1927). Handbook to the Church Hymnary. Oxford University Press. p. 404.
  8. ^ "John Chandler". Hymnary.org.
  9. ^ Wilkinson, Richard William (1985). A History of Hymns Ancient and Modern (PhD). University of Hull.
  10. ^ a b "Preface". Hymns Ancient and Modern. London: J. Alfred Novello. 1861. pp. iii–vi.
  11. ^ a b Hymn at the Encyclopædia Britannica
  12. ^ "Matthew Bridges". Hymnary.org.
  13. ^ Julian, John (1892). Dictionary of Hymnology. John Murray.
  14. ^ a b c Clarke, W. K. Lowther (1960). A Hundred Years of Hymns Ancient and Modern. London: William Clowes.
  15. ^ "William Cooke". The Cyber Hymnal.
  16. ^ Murray, Francis H., ed. (1855). Hymnal for Use in the English Church. London.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  17. ^ Howse, Christopher (18 March 2011). "A&M: the C of E in words and music". Daily Telegraph.
  18. ^ White, George Cosby, ed. (1853). Hymns and Introits. London: Joseph Masters.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g Pulling, William (1900). "Hymns Ancient and Modern" . In Grove, George (ed.). A Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Macmillan – via Wikisource.
  20. ^ a b c d Routley, Erik; Dakers, Lionel (1997). A Short History of English Church Music (Revised ed.). London: Mowbray. p. 70. ISBN 9781441132796.
  21. ^ "Celebrating 150 years of Hymns Ancient and Modern". Hymns Ancient & Modern. Archived from the original on 3 August 2018.
  22. ^ a b Valkestijn, Jan (2001). "De Anglicaanse traditie". In Lüth, Jan; Pasveer, Jan; Smelik, Jan (eds.). Het Kerklied: Een geschiedenis (in Dutch). Mozaïek. ISBN 9789023990215.
  23. ^ Hymns of the Primitive Church. J.W. Parker. 1837.
  24. ^ 1865 edition Hymns of the Eastern Church, ccel.org, retrieved 26 December 2014
  25. ^ John Monsell, Hymns Ancient and Modern: De negentiende-eeuwse Engelse gezangindustrie, in: Tim Dowley, Christelijke muziek door de eeuwen heen, 2013, p. 170-171
  26. ^ a b "The History and Traditions". Hymns Ancient & Modern. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  27. ^ "The History and Traditions". Hymns Ancient & Modern. Retrieved 19 April 2024.

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