Hymns Ancient and Modern
|Hymns Ancient and Modern|
|Commissioned by||William Denton, Francis Murray, Sir Henry Williams Baker, 3rd Baronet|
|Approved for||Church of England|
|Number of Hymns||533|
The idea for the hymn book first came about in 1858 when two clergymen met on a train; William Denton of St Bartholomew, Cripplegate, and Francis Murray had published each the Church Hymnal and the Hymnal for Use in the English Church. Denton's son would be Charles Ashpitel Denton. Both of the vicars were part of the Oxford Movement.
They discussed the need for a standardisation of the hymn books in use throughout England and so the idea was born. They founded a board, called the Proprietors, which oversaw both the publication of the hymnal and the donation of the profits to appropriate charities, or to subsidise less wealthy parishes for the cost of the books.
The first edition was published in 1861 by Novello & Co, with 273 hymns. So was the 1868 Appendix but negotiations were taking place which resulted in the whole publishing project being placed in the hands of William Clowes and Son later that same year. It was revised in 1875 by William Henry Monk to produce the second edition to which, 14 years later in 1889, Charles Steggall added several supplementary hymns. In 1904 the new and revised edition was published, edited by Bertram Luard-Selby. Unfortunately, people complained about the difference between this and its predecessors to such an extent that, in 1906, C. Steggall's edition was republished as the old complete edition.
In 1916 the old complete edition was republished for the last time with a second supplement by Sydney Nicholson. Six years later, in 1922, the standard edition was published, more strongly based on the old complete edition than the less popular new and revised edition. This also was edited by Nicholson, who was the musical editor until he died in 1947.
In 1950 the revised edition was published, with G. H. Knight and J. Dykes having both edited since the death of Nicholson. Many hymns were weeded out for the 1950 edition as the editors wished to make space for more recent compositions and to thin out the over-supplemented previous versions.
New Standard edition
In 1975 the proprietors formed a limited company and a registered charity, and in 1983 published the New Standard edition; this comprised 333 of the 636 hymns included in A and M Revised (AMR) and the entire 200-hymn contents of 100 Hymns for Today (HHT, 1969) and More Hymns for Today (MHT, 1980).
In September 2010 Canterbury Press and the Royal School of Church Music published Sing Praise, subtitled 'Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship', containing 330 of the very best of recently written hymn, song and short chant compositions. The selection was designed to complement Common Praise particularly, but also other hymns books in current use.
Ancient and Modern
In March 2013 Canterbury Press published Ancient and Modern, so reverting to the original title without the word 'Hymns' but also subtitled 'Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship', a brand new edition designed for contemporary patterns of worship. It contains 847 items, including some items from Common Praise and Sing Praise, ranging from psalm settings to John L. Bell, Bernadette Farrell, Stuart Townend and others.
- Songs of Praise
- Sunday Half Hour
- The English Hymnal, established by Percy Dearmer, which has become the New English Hymnal
- The Book of Common Prayer, later supplemented by the Alternative Service Book in 1980, and then Common Worship in 2000
- The Times, 10 September 2011, page 106