Village Hymns for Social Worship

Village Hymns for Social Worship (1824).  The General Association [Congregational churches] of Connecticut at its June 1820 meeting formed a committee with instructions to ‘devise measures for the prosperity of religion within their limits’, notably the revivals of The Second Great Awakening (see Great Awakenings, USA*). The committee identified one of the ‘measures’, as a ‘new selection of hymns.’ Following two years of committee inaction, committee member Asahel Nettleton*, a noted evangelist, spent the next two years during an illness compiling Village Hymns for Social Worship. Selected and Original. Designed as a Supplement to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr Watts (Hartford, Connecticut,...

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