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Rejoice, ye pure in heart

Rejoice, ye pure in heart. Edward Hayes Plumptre* (1821-1891). Written in May 1865 as a processional hymn for a choral festival in Peterborough Cathedral, this hymn was first published by Novello, with music entitled PETERBOROUGH, composed by William Henry Monk*. Several other tunes have also been used. It subsequently appeared in the author’s collection Lazarus and other poems, second edition (1865), and was included in the Appendix (1868) to the First Edition of A&M. The size of the building for which it was written necessitated a long hymn, and the 1868 text had eleven verses of four lines each. Few hymnals reproduce all of these, and the four line verses are sometimes combined into...

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