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Emphasizes the English hymn as a literary entity within denominational and historical contexts. The author sets forth a number of definitions for hymnody and congregational song, and then examines the development of the various forms in England and the United States. With a listing of works for further reading, an index to all hymns discussed, and chronology.
Samuel J. Rogal chairs the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Illinois Valley Community College. A specialist in hymnology and eighteenth-century British literature and religion, he has published books and articles on John and Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, Sabine Baring-Gould, Stephen Foster, Arthur Seymour Sullivan, temperance and gospel song, and the relationship between literature and hymnody.
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