Routley on hymnals

This quote from the famous hymnologist Erik Routley will put my later posting into context.

It is one thing – and a not unpleasurable thing – to confine the hymnal to church, and to sing from it there without much thought. It is far better to have a copy at home and either occasionally or regularly to read from it, or to play from it (if you can play), and to become personally familiar with what it contains. It is, I think, a generation that has almost passed away that regularly did this; but I did in my own youth know seniors who kept their hymnal next to their Bible, read from both at their prayers, and snatched both if they were suddenly taken into hospital.

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