Murray’s Hymnal

A Hymnal, for use in the English Church (1852). This is the title of the hymnbook edited by Francis H. Murray* which was one of the notable fore-runners of A&M. It was published in 1852. By 1869 it had reached its thirteenth edition. Although it is always attributed to Murray, the preface speaks of ‘the compilers’, because Murray was assisted by his curate, Christopher Harrison. The preface states that it was ‘first undertaken with a view to supply the wants of a particular Parish’ (p. iii), which puts it in the same class as many other local books of the period. But Murray and Harrison had grander ideas. They acknowledged that it was ‘not perfect or final’, but hoped that it would be...

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