Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord. Timothy Dudley-Smith* (1926- ). A crucial moment in the story of 20th-century hymnody (or the ‘hymn-explosion’) came at Vanburgh Park in Blackheath, South East London, in May 1961. In the first home of his married life with Arlette, the then Assistant Secretary of the Church Pastoral-Aid Society was exploring a review copy of The New English Bible New Testament, and was struck by its version of Mary’s words, or ‘Magnificat’*, in Luke 1:46ff. He noted that the iambic pentameter line that began the translation would make a good opening for a metrical paraphrase of the canticle; the verses he wrote that evening to a clear fourfold structure...

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