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Hymnology collection (18th-20th C.)

A set of Hymnology works (most without music) ranging from small pamphlets to substantial bound volumes. Welsh, English and other hymns are covered, plus volumes covering a wider field, such as, ‘The European Psalmist’ by Wesley.

The collection comprises substantial volumes of hymns selected and published for use by specific Christian denominations, including Church of England/Church in Wales, Calvinistic Methodist, Baptist, Independent, Presbyterian, Unitarian and Brethren. It also includes numerous small pamphlets of hymns created for individual church congregations or church-related groups (e.g. Sunday schools, temperance unions, Band of Hope), for use at specific Christian festivals (e.g. Easter, Christmas, Harvest), or for Cymanfa Ganu and other singing festivals, revival meetings and evangelistic outreach. The hymns of William Williams, Pantycelyn are held in numerous editions, as are the hymns of Isaac Watts in both Welsh and English translations. There are also Welsh translations of the works of American revivalists R. A. Torrey and Charles M. Alexander and of the gospel songs of Ira David Sankey.    

Date range:  19th-20th century

Significance: Significant in Wales

Size: 1,500 volumes

Languages: English, Welsh.

Keywords:  Hymns, hymnology, religion, music.

Notes: The collection was deposited by Cardiff Public Library with the University in the 1980s.