Dr. Randle Manwaring is a very unusual person. In addition to having been a Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force and serving with distinction in the World War, he also developed an outstanding career in the City of London becoming a Managing Director. But he was also already a poet and has had many volumes of verse published as well as being anthologized variously not only in poetry collections but also in hymn books. In addition he has proved himself an able historian being published by the Cambridge University press. He is an active Christian and has headed up various Christian organizations. Many readers will find his work on poetry in the Bible quite fascinating. In many ways it completes a long life as a poet and scholar.
Foreword ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction 1 1. Poetry in the Bible 5 2. Poetry and Hymnody 21 3. Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 31 4. Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley 37 5. The Nature of Poetry 47 6. Denominational Niceties 55 7. Slavery and Song 63 8. The Life of the spirit 73 9. Spirituality - Catholic Understanding 77 10. Spirituality - The Puritans 89 11. Spirituality - Evangelical and Charismatic 99 12. "Songs of Praise" 113 Notes 121 Previous Publications 125