Thursday, March 01, 2007

Old Hymns, English Translation

Here is an interesting find: Pange Lingua (1916): Breviary Hymns of Old Uses, with an English Rendering. Some I recognize but most I do not. There is no musical notation but that should be easy enough to find. The main use is probably for program notes for the congregation. But the main (to my mind) value of this short book is the remarkable introduction by Adrian Fortescue, which covers the whole history of Christian hymnody in about 30 pages. Talk about lost scholarship!

Update: this book is now in print.

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