Great Four Anglican Hymns
In his Anglican Hymnology, published in 1885, the Rev. James King surveyed 52 hymnals from the member churches of the Anglican Communion around the world, and found that 51 of them included these hymns, the so-called Great Four:
- All Praise to Thee, my God, this Night, Thomas Ken
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Charles Wesley
- Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending, Charles Wesley
- Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me, Augustus Montague Toplady
King also found the following six hymns in 49 of the 52 hymnals:
- Abide with Me, Fast Falls the Eventide, Henry Francis Lyte.
- Awake my Soul and With the Sun, Thomas Ken
- Jerusalem the Golden, Bernard of Cluny, Eng. Trans. by John Mason Neale
- Jesus, Lover of My Soul, Charles Wesley
- Sun of My Soul, Thou Savior Dear, John Keble
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Isaac Watts
All of these hymns likewise appear in The Best Church Hymns, published by the Rev. Louis F. Benson in 1898. Benson's collection of 32 frequently-published hymns from various churches was based upon a survey of 107 Protestant hymnals, including King's book, thus representing "the judgment of our common Protestantism."
- The History and Use of Hymns and Hymn-Tunes, by Rev. David Breed, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1903, 1934, p. 85
- Anglican hymnology: being an account of the 325 standard hymns of the highest merit according to the verdict of the whole Anglican Church (1885)
- "All Praise to thee, my God, this night". Cyber Hymnal.
- "Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun". Cyber Hymnal.
- "Sun of my soul, thou Savior dear". Oremus Hymnal.
- The History and Use of Hymns and Hymn-Tunes, by Rev. David Breed, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1903, 1934, p. 86