New articles you may have missed this summer

08 September 2016

The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology continues to grow, with new articles and updates published every month.

Here are just a few highlights from the entries published this summer:

Tzu Chen Chao  (1888-1979)
Often hailed as the ‘Father of Chinese hymnody’, Chao collaborated with Bliss Wiant, his colleague at Yenching University, to produce  Mien ZhuengSheng Ge Ji (‘Hymns for the People’; Yenching University, Peking, 1931), a pioneering work containing Chao’s 54 newly written hymns in colloquial Mandarin.  Read more

Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve     Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)
While this is entirely in keeping with Philippians 3: 12-14, the phrase ‘stretch ev’ry Nerve’ is at the heart of the 18th-century experience for Dissenters. It requires the congregation to be attentive (as opposed to the Church of England assembly in Hogarth’s ‘The Sleeping Congregation’ of 1736)...   Read more

Judith Murray  (1751-1820)
She was an essayist, writer for women’s rights, poet, and playwright.  Possibly she was the first American-born woman to have a hymn published in a hymnal. Read more

Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber     Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
This is Watts at his most affectionate and tender, with the exception of stanza 8, which is never printed in modern collections...  Read more


See the full list of new articles published this year