Labour Church Hymn and Tune Book
Labour Church Hymn and Tune Book. The Labour Church was founded in 1891 at Chorlton in Lancashire by a Unitarian minister, John Trevor (1855-1930), who was concerned at the perceived alienation of the churches from the working classes of Britain. It flourished for some years in the industrial towns, linking the need for reform with a liberal religion, and attracted sufficient support to justify the production of a hymnbook. This was edited by Trevor and his wife Eliza, and published at the ‘Labour Prophet’ Publishing Offices in London and Manchester in 1893. On the title page was a quotation from John Greenleaf Whittier*:
Up now for Freedom!—not in strife
Like that your sterner...
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