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Conyers’s Collection of Psalms and Hymns

CONYERS’s Collection of Psalms and Hymns. One of the first hymn books of the Evangelical Revival (cf. Madan*, Toplady*) was Richard Conyers*’s A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, from Various Authors: for the use of Serious and Devout Christians of all Denominations (London, 1767). It contained 274 hymns plus five doxologies. There was no preface, and no compiler’s name. The authors most represented were Isaac Watts* and Charles Wesley*, but it also included a hymn by Thomas Olivers* (‘The God of Abraham praise’*) and an altered John Wesley* translation, ‘O love, thou bottomless abyss’ (Wesley’s ‘O God, thou bottomless abyss’*, from Ernst Lange*, ‘O Gott, du Tiefe sonder Grund’*). The hymns...

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