Catherine Osborne

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (33 of 35)
Location: Norwich, UK


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The New English Hymnal: Full Music and Words: Full&hellip by The New English Hymnal Company
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3.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor, 30 Jan 2011
Prospective purchasers need to be warned of two hazards: first if you want the traditional words unspoiled by ideological interference don't get this book. It *appears* to have the best of the hymns in the English language but many of the greatest have been rewritten by the editors, many in a clunky unpoetic style that isn't even grammatical. It's no worse than Hymns Old and New and a number of others, but it's not a reliable source of the words you remember and love. The ideology behind the revisions is largely naive misunderstanding of the theology (not political correctness and gender as in some modern books) but there is some political correctness too. For the original words of long… Read more

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