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Dissenting Praise: Religious Dissent and the Hymn in England and Wales

Isabel Rivers and David L. Wykes

Abstract

The introduction of hymns and hymn-singing into public worship in the seventeenth century by dissenters from the Church of England has been described as one of the greatest contributions ever made to Christian worship. Hymns, that is metrical compositions which depart too far from the text of Scripture to be called paraphrases, have proved to be one of the most effective mediums of religious thought and feeling, second only to the Bible in terms of their influence. This book examines dissenting hymns and their impact in England and Wales, from the mid seventeenth century, when the hymn emerged ... More

Keywords: hymns, hymn-singing, dissent, Congregational, Baptist, Methodist, evangelical, Unitarian, England, Wales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199545247
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545247.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabel Rivers, editor
Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, and Co-Director, Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies
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David L. Wykes, editor
Director, Dr Williams's Library, London, and Co-Director, Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies
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