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Plymouth Collection

The Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the Use of Christian Congregations (New York, 1855). The Plymouth Collection was edited by Henry Ward Beecher*, then minister of Plymouth Congregational Church, New York. He delegated responsibility for the tunes to John Zundel* and to his brother, the Revd Charles Beecher (1815-1900). They provided 367 tunes, set to 1374 texts. Each tune was printed with the texts beneath: sometimes, but rarely, with a single text; more often, with several texts that could be sung to the same tune. Beecher said in the Introduction that the book had been compiled in the conviction ‘that Congregational Singing best answers the end of worship by means of song.’...

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