Salisbury Hymn Book, The

The Salisbury Hymn Book (1857). This was published in Salisbury and London, although it may have originated in a hymnbook for the local diocese of the former. It was edited by Horatio Bolton Nelson*. There was no Preface, but a letter addressed to Earl Nelson from the Bishop of Salisbury, Walter Kerr Hamilton, dated November of that year, was printed as follows: ‘My dear Lord,/ I very much like the Hymn-book which you have sent me, and I quite approve of your publishing it./ I remain, Yours very sincerely, W.K. Sarum’. It contained 204 hymns, beginning with ‘O timely happy, timely wise’* and ending with ‘Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom’*. It was a words-only book: an...

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