Children’s Hymn Book

Children’s Hymn Book (1881). The Children’s Hymn Book was ‘published under the direction of W. Walsham How, Ashton Oxenden, and John Ellerton’ by the SPCK. It was not the first book with that title: The Children’s Hymn Book had been published by Thomas Nelson in 1854, and was successful enough to be enlarged in subsequent editions. The 1881 book, however, was the most important and successful of 19th-century hymnbooks for children of the Church of England (in JJ, p. 223, WTB thought that the Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School Hymnbook of 1879 was the best of all the children’s hymn books at that time). It was compiled by Frances Carey Brock*. Later editions vary the title to ‘Hymn-Book’ and...

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