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Children Praising

This was the title of an attractive book published in 1937 by Oxford University Press, edited by W. H. Hamilton* (words) and H.E. Wiseman (music). It was reprinted five times before 1958. The preface indicates its aims clearly: ‘A book of good hymns for very little children has long been a felt want’. The book begins with simple and short hymns of praise, with graces, and with brief prayer hymns. Then comes ‘The Life of Christ’, ‘Children and their Friends’ (including two ‘Maxims for decent wee folk’), ‘Nature’, and ‘Parts of the Service’. It includes some well known hymns such as ‘Daisies are our silver’* and ‘Glad that I live am I’*, together with Hamilton’s own ‘When Easter to the dark...

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