Book of Praise, The

The Book of Praise  (1862) This influential anthology of hymns was the work of Roundell Palmer*, a distinguished politician and man of letters. Its full title was The Book of Praise from the best English Hymn Writers. It was published by Macmillan in London and Cambridge in 1862. The frontispiece showed a picture of David with his harp, to emphasise the continuity of tradition between the great psalmist and contemporary hymn writers. The book was very successful, and there were many further editions in the 1860s and after (some with alterations: an enlarged edition of 1880 added 34 hymns) through to 1906. It was not intended for congregational use in worship. The book’s aim was ‘not to...

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