Last year this blog undertook a review of all of the Christmas hymns in the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. We particularly wanted to examine those Christmas hymns that are less commonly sung. It's good reading, if we do say so ourselves.
If you have a favorite Christmas hymn you should look it up in the index to Christmas hymns by first line.
We just have this little addition from the wonderful hymn expert Erik Routley. In his book The English Carol Routley notes that the tune ST. LOUIS is older than the two English tunes used for these words. He then prints the tune ST. LOUIS in full.
Immediately after the last note of the tune, he briefly concludes his discussion on page 163: "Apart from its historic priority, there is not much to be said for that."
I'm a bit worried that I won't be able to open this book properly in the future given that this page is so dripping with contempt.
Labels: Christmas, hymns, less familiar hymns, Routley
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