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Episcopal Church, USA, hymnody

[Note: the introductory section is by Raymond F. Glover; the historical section that follows is by Robin Knowles Wallace.] Introduction Among the vast number of persons who came as settlers beginning in 1607 to what is now known as the United States of America were many who brought with them a pattern of worship consistent with the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer, the singing of metrical Psalms from the ‘Old Version’* of Thomas Sternhold* and John Hopkins*, perhaps a few hymns of human composure, and Anglican chant*. However, after the American Revolution and the victory of the colonists, the English 1662 edition of the BCP was no longer acceptable to American Episcopalians...

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