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Clarendon Hymn Book

Clarendon Hymn Book (1936). This was the title given to a collection published in 1936 by Oxford University Press. It was compiled by an anonymous ‘committee of Public School masters’ (i.e., masters teaching in fee-paying Independent Schools: see ‘Public School hymnody’*). The word ‘Clarendon’ in the title (presumably to associate the book with the distinguished imprint of the OUP) conceals its predominantly Charterhouse origins. Although it was not a publication of the Headmasters’ Conference, and was not exclusively for schools, it bears all the marks of being a book for a certain kind of school or university, where the Classics (Latin and Greek) were taught, and history and English...

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