Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer
Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer (1870). The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer (not a ‘Companion’ in the usual sense of the word) was edited by Edward Henry Bickersteth* during his time as vicar of Christ Church, Hampstead, and published in 1870. It was successful enough to warrant a revised and enlarged edition in 1877, and a Third and Revised Edition with tunes in 1890.
The edition of 1870 was a words-only book, of considerable interest because of its Preface and the notes at the end. In the Preface Bickersteth argued that ‘the great variety of hymnals in the Church of England is alike a sign of vitality and a source of weakness’ (p. v). There were, he noted,...
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