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Nineteenth‐and Early Twentieth‐Century American Hymns

Edited by J. R. Watson

in An Annotated Anthology of Hymns

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780198269731
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269730.003.0011
Nineteenth‐and Early Twentieth‐Century American Hymns

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Contains 16 hymns from the burgeoning American tradition, full of life and energy. The vigour is seen in the hymns of the Civil War (‘Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord’), and later in the hymns of Moody and Sankey and their associates such as Philip Bliss (‘Hold the fort, for I am coming’). Other hymns of great seriousness come from writers such as John Greenleaf Whittier. There are fine Christmas hymns, such as ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ and ‘It came upon the midnight clear’.

Keywords: American Civil War hymns; American hymns; Bliss; Brooks; Revival hymns; Whittier

Chapter.  8060 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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