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Dictionary of hymns is the first to be published in 100 years
POP hymns, slave songs and traditional favourites like Jerusalem feature in the first dictionary of hymns published for over 100 years.
Compiled by academics at Durham and Bristol universities, the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology has taken 12 years to write.
Famous hymns featured in the dictionary include Nearer My God to Thee, by Sarah Flower Adams, which is claimed to be the last song played by the band on the Titanic before it sank in 1912.
Other well-known hymns making an appearance in the dictionary include Jerusalem and Repton (otherwise known as 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind') by Hubert Parry, the FA Cup Final hymn Eventide ('Abide with me') by WH Monk, and Thaxted ('I vow to thee my country') by Gustav Holst.
The dictionary, which features more than two million words, has been compiled by Professor Dick Watson, at Durham University, and Dr Emma Hornby, at Bristol University. It will be formally published online this Sunday, October 20.
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