Bringing together thirty-six hymns, this work is a survey of the author's work collected in A House of Praise (2003). It also includes hymn texts that are complemented by informative notes and an extensive series of indexes.
Educated at Cambridge University, Timothy Dudley-Smith was ordained in 1950 as assistant curate of St Paulas Church, Northumberland Heath. From 1953 he was head of the Cambridge University Mission in Bermondsey, London, and in the 1960s served as secretary of the Church Pastoral Aid Society. In 1973 he became Archdeacon of Norwich and in 1981 Bishop of Thetford; he retired in 1991. He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and in 2003 was appointed an honorary vice-president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. In the same year he was awarded an OBE for services to hymnody.