The Singing Church / The Hymns It Wrote and Sang
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The Singing Church / The Hymns It Wrote and Sang

By Edmund S. Lorenz
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  • THE SINGING CHURCH
  • Contents
  • INTRODUCTION
    • THE PLACE AND IMPORTANCE OF THE HYMN
      • The Impulse to Sing Is Constitutional in Man.
      • Biblical Authority for the Singing of Hymns.
      • The Use of Hymns in the Development of the Christian Church.
      • Cultural Value of Hymns.
      • Spiritual Value of Hymns.
      • The Value of Singing Hymns Too Often Overlooked.
      • The Need of Emphasis on Efficient Use of Hymns.
  • Chapter I WHAT IS A HYMN?
    • I. DEFINITION OF THE HYMN
      • Importance of Accurate Definition.
      • Inadequate Definition.
      • Definition Must Be Based on Practical Considerations.
      • Types of Hymns.
      • Definition of the Congregational Hymn.
    • II. THE HYMN MUST BE POETRY
      • To Be Poetry, It Must Be Emotional.
      • It Must Have Poetical Form.
      • It Must Be Poetic in Spirit.
      • The Hymn Must Have Unity.
      • The Poetical Element Is Contributory Only.
      • Poems of Semi-religious Fancy Are Not Hymns.
      • Mere Moralizing Will Not Serve.
      • Special Propaganda Is Not Admissible.
      • Christian Hymns Should Be Genuinely Christocentric.
      • Hymns Based on the Scriptures.
      • Use of Scriptural Forms Desirable.
      • Congregational Singing Is a Pronounced Christian Exercise.
      • Meter Essential to Mass Singing.
      • Ideas Must Be Plainly Evident.
      • Hymns May Not Be Extremely Individualistic.
      • Distracting Figures and Forms of Expression.
      • Verses Must Be Complete in Themselves.
      • Musical Limitations.
      • Outworn Hymns.
      • Mistaken Objections to Some Hymns.
  • Chapter II THE PURPOSE AND VALUE OF HYMNS
    • The Influence of Purpose.
      • The Purpose Must Affect Only the Practical Aspects.
      • Hymns Unite Christians in Worship and Christian Activities.
      • Hymns Concentrate Interest and Attention.
      • Hymns Afford a Means of Expression for the Congregation.
      • Hymns Provide Help and Comfort in Dark Hours.
      • Hymns Afford Clear Expressions of Christian Truth.
      • Hymns Give Opportunity for Active Participation by All.
      • Hymns Provide Variety.
      • Hymns Create a Religious Atmosphere.
      • Hymns in the Home.
      • Hymns in Personal Work.
      • Hymns Are Evidences of the Effect of the Bible.
      • Hymns and Psalms Affected the Life of the Church.
      • Hymns in Personal Christian Experience.
      • Hymns as Stimulating the Spiritual Life of the Minister.
      • Hymns Approved by Paul.
      • Hymns in the Early Church.
      • Hymns Prepared the Church for Periods of Marked Progress.
      • The Minister’s indifference.
      • Indifference of the Congregation.
  • Chapter III THE LITERARY ASPECT OF HYMNS
    • Its Character as a Transcript of Life.
      • Its Wide Distribution.
      • Its Acceptance Through Many Generations.
      • Its Profound Influence.
      • Due to Narrow Definition of Literature.
      • Due to Failure to Realize Limitations of Hymns.
      • Some Critics and Their Criticism.
    • III. THE WRITING OF HYMNS
      • The Handicap of Thought and Diction.
      • The Handicap of Meter.
    • IV. THE LITERARY QUALITY NOT TO BE OVERESTIMATED
      • Literary Quality Not the Supreme Consideration.
      • Literary Quality Should Be Subconscious.
  • Chapter IV THE EMENDATION OF HYMNS
    • I. THE CHANGES IN OUR HYMNS
      • Early Changes.
      • The Abuse of the Editorial Revision.
      • The Return to Originals.
    • II. PRINCIPLES OF EQUITY INVOLVED IN THESE CHANGES
      • The Rights of the Original Writer.
      • The Limits of the Author’s Rights.
    • III. EFFECT OF CHANGES ON QUALITY
      • Loss of Original Writer’s Vision.
      • Biblical Precedent.
    • IV. ANALYSIS OF CHANGES MADE
      • The Omission of Verses.
      • Reconstructing and Rewriting Faulty Hymns.
      • Minor Felicitous Changes.
  • Chapter V THE CONTENT OF THE HYMN
    • I. ITS RELATION TO GOD
      • Thanksgiving.
      • Prayer for Future Blessing.
      • Adoration.
      • The Hymn of Communion.
    • II. RELATION TO THE SINGER
      • The Hymn of Emotion.
      • The Hymn of Inspiration.
      • The Hymn of Personal Experience.
      • The Hymn of Meditation.
      • The Hymn of Exhortation.
      • The Didactic Hymn.
      • The Doctrinal Hymn.
      • The Homiletical Hymn.
      • The Hymn of Propaganda.
      • Hymns of the Social Gospel.
      • Special Hymns.
      • The Great Hymnic Themes.
  • Chapter VI THE GOSPEL HYMN
    • Lack of Discrimination.
      • Wrong Assumptions of the Opposition.
      • Unfairness in Comparisons Made.
      • Criteria for Evaluation.
      • Gospel Hymns and the Unsaved.
      • Gospel Hymns and the Demands of Worship.
      • Gospel Hymns in the Preparatory Service.
      • Gospel Hymns in the Laboratory.
      • The Advantages of Gospel Hymns.
      • Discrimination in the Use of Gospel Songs.
  • Chapter VII APOSTOLIC ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT
    • I. SACRED SONG IN THE NEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH
      • The Rise of Sacred Song in Apostolic Times.
      • Apostolic Emphasis of Sacred Song.
      • Traces of Hymns in the Epistles.
      • The Hymns of the Apocalypse.
      • “The Odes of Solomon.”
      • The Failure of Apostolic Spiritual Songs to Survive.
  • Chapter VIII THE POST-APOSTOLIC HYMN
    • The Post-Apostolic Church a Singing Church.
      • The Earliest Surviving Hymns.
      • The Relation of Hymns to Psalms and Canticles.
      • The Hymn as Propaganda.
  • Chapter IX THE GREEK HYMNODY
    • I. EARLY GREEK HYMNS
    • II. THE LATER GREEK HYMNS
  • Chapter X THE LATIN HYMNODY
    • I. THE BEGINNINGS OF LATIN HYMNODY
    • II. EARLY LATIN HYMN WRITERS
    • III. GREAT LATIN HYMNS
    • IV. MEDIEVAL DEVOTIONAL POEMS
    • V. MEDIEVAL POPULAR HYMNODY
  • Chapter XI LUTHER AND THE GERMAN HYMN
    • I. PRE-REFORMATION VERNACULAR HYMNS
    • II. LUTHER’S RELATION TO GERMAN HYMNODY
  • Chapter XII THE LATER GERMAN HYMNODY
    • I. THE RISING STANDARD OF LITERARY VALUES
    • II. THE GOLDEN AGE OF GERMAN HYMNODY
    • III. THE PIETISTIC HYMN WRITERS
    • IV. GERMAN REFORMED HYMNODY
    • V. TRANSITION TO RATIONALISTIC HYMNS
    • VI. RATIONALISM IN HYMNODY
    • VII. HYMNS OF RENEWED RELIGIOUS LIFE
    • VIII. HYMNS OF PIETISTIC TYPE
  • Chapter XIII METRICAL PSALMODY
    • I. CALVIN’S CONCEPTION OF CONGREGATIONAL SINGING
    • II. CALVIN’S FOLLOWERS MORE EXTREME
    • III. MAROT’S SUCCESSFUL VERSIONS
    • IV. DEVELOPMENT OF THE GENEVAN PSALTER
    • V. ENGLISH PSALM VERSIONS BEFORE STERNHOLD
    • VI. VERSION OF STERNHOLD AND HOPKINS
    • VII. THE SCOTCH VERSION
    • VIII. ROUS’ VERSION
    • IX. TATE AND BRADY’S “NEW VERSION”
    • X. AMERICAN PSALMODY
    • XI. THE VALUE OF THE PSALM VERSIONS
  • Chapter XIV THE ENGLISH HYMN BEFORE WATTS
    • I. THE EARLIEST ENGLISH HYMN
    • II. ENGLISH HYMNODY SUBMERGED BY REFORMED PSALMODY
    • III. ENGLISH LITERARY IDEALS UNFAVORABLE TO HYMN-WRITING
    • IV. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TECHNIC OF WRITING SINGING HYMNS
    • V. THE IDEAL OF THE SINGING HYMN REALIZED
  • Chapter XV ISAAC WATTS AND HIS PERIOD
    • I. THE HYMNIC NEED OF THE TIME
    • II. THE LIFE OF WATTS
    • III. WATTS AS A HYMN WRITER
    • IV. WATTS’ ARGUMENTS FOR THE HYMN
    • V. WATTS’ INSISTENCE ON PRACTICABILITY
    • VI. THE INESTIMABLE VALUE OF WATTS’ HYMNS
    • VII. CONTEMPORARIES OF WATTS
  • Chapter XVI THE WESLEYS AND THEIR ERA
    • I. THE INFLUENCE OF WATTS ON THE WESLEYS
    • II. THE HOME OF THE WESLEYS
    • III. THE MORAVIAN INFLUENCE
    • IV. JOHN WESLEY
    • V. CHARLES WESLEY
    • VI. CHARLES WESLEY’S HYMNS QUITE SUBJECTIVE
    • VII. WATTS AND CHARLES WESLEY
    • VIII. THE ISSUES OF THE WESLEYAN HYMNS
    • IX. THE METHODIST TUNES
    • X. INFLUENCES OPPOSING THE WESLEYAN HYMNS
    • XI. OTHER METHODIST HYMN WRITERS
    • XII. CALVINISTIC-METHODIST HYMN WRITERS
    • XIII. BAPTIST HYMN WRITERS
  • Chapter XVII HYMNS IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
    • I. RISE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE IN THE ENGLISH CHURCH
    • II. EARLY COLLECTIONS OF EVANGELICAL HYMNS
    • III. EVANGELICAL HYMN WRITERS
    • IV. HYMN WRITERS OF THE ROMANTIC SCHOOL
    • V. CONTEMPORARY HYMN WRITERS
    • VI. MINOR HYMN WRITERS
    • VII. THE HYMNS OF THE OXFORD MOVEMENT
  • Chapter XVIII AMERICAN HYMNODY
    • I. THE TRANSITION FROM PSALMODY TO HYMNODY
    • II. THE INTRODUCTION OF WATTS’ HYMNS
    • III. THE BEGINNINGS OF AMERICAN HYMNODY
    • IV. COLLECTIONS OF AMERICAN HYMNS
    • V. EPISCOPAL HYMN WRITERS
    • VI. UNITARIAN HYMNODY
    • VII. LATER ORTHODOX HYMN WRITERS
  • Chapter XIX THE STUDY OF HYMNS
    • I. IMPORTANCE OF THE STUDY OF HYMNS
    • II. PERSONAL ADVANTAGES OF SUCH STUDY OF HYMNS
      • Literary Pleasure.
      • Literary Culture.
      • Development of Emotional Nature.
    • III. THE PRACTICAL VALUES OF INDIVIDUAL HYMNS
      • Classifying Hymns by Their Nature.
      • Classifying Hymns by Their Fitness for Definite Purposes.
    • IV. THE MINUTE STUDY OF HYMNS
      • Analysis of the Hymn.
      • The Background of the Hymn.
      • Making a Hymnal of His Own.
      • Memorizing Hymns.
    • V. A STUDY OF METHODS OF USE
      • Using Hymns in Sermons.
      • Studying Responsiveness of the Congregation.
      • Studying Methods of Announcement and Securing Participation.
      • Studying Use of Hymnal for Specific Purposes.
    • VI. A STUDY OF THE TUNES
  • Chapter XX THE PRACTICAL USE OF HYMNS
    • I. THE HYMN AS A MEANS TO AN END
    • II. ANALYSIS OF PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF HYMNS
    • III. THE USE OF HYMNS FOR CREATING RELIGIOUS INTEREST
    • IV. THE HYMN AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHING TRUTH
    • V. HYMN SERMONS AND HYMN SERVICES
    • VI. THE USE OF HYMNS IN EMERGENCIES
  • Chapter XXI THE SELECTION OF HYMNS
    • I. SELECTION SHOULD SECURE UNITY OF SERVICE
      • Narrow Conception of Unity.
      • Broader Conception of Unity.
      • Unity Based on Purpose.
    • II. SUGGESTIVE SELECTIONS OF HYMNS
      • Hymns for Service on God’s Omnipotence.
      • Hymns for Service on God’s Love.
      • Hymns for a Missionary Service.
    • III. IMPORTANCE OF THE TUNES
  • Chapter XXI THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND TREATMENT OF HYMNS
    • I. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF HYMNS
    • II. THE TREATMENT OF HYMNS
  • EPILOGUE
  • REFERENCES AND NOTES
    • INTRODUCTION
    • CHAPTER I
    • CHAPTER II
    • CHAPTER III
    • CHAPTER IV
    • CHAPTER V
    • CHAPTER VII
    • CHAPTER VIII
    • CHAPTER IX
    • CHAPTER X
    • CHAPTER XI
    • CHAPTER XII
    • CHAPTER XIII
    • CHAPTER XIV
    • CHAPTER XV
    • CHAPTER XVI
    • CHAPTER XVII
    • CHAPTER XVIII
    • CHAPTER XIX
    • CHAPTER XX
    • CHAPTER XXII
  • GENERAL INDEX
  • INDEX OF HYMNS
  • THE SINGING CHURCH The Hymns It Wrote and Sang By EDMUND S. LORENZ
    • THE CONTENTS
  • THE SINGING CHURCH The Hymns It Wrote and Sang By EDMUND S. LORENZ
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