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Hymnologia Christiana

Hymnologia Christiana (1863). This was the title of a massive anthology of hymns compiled by Benjamin Hall Kennedy*, then Headmaster of Shrewsbury School (he used the title of his office on the title page, presumably to present his credentials). It contained 1500 hymns and 35 doxologies. It was sub-titled ‘Psalms and Hymns selected and arranged in the Order of the Christian Seasons’. After Trinity Sunday there was a substantial section of about 360 hymns ‘for the weeks after Trinity’ (it is hard to see where one section ends and the next one begins, but the ‘after Trinity’ section runs from about hymn 1140 to hymn 1500). Throughout the book, there are running headings at the top of the...

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