Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes

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Title: Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes

Full Title: Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Use of Christian Congregations

Editor - Compiler: Henry Ward Beecher

Publication date and place: 1855 by A, S. Barnes in New York.

Description: A significant hymn book that set new standards. From the Introduction by Henry Ward Beecher:

The tunes are chiefly for congregational singing. We have gathered up whatever we could find of merit in old or new music, that seemed fitted for this end. Not the least excellent are the popular revival melodies, which though often excluded from classic collections of music, have never been driven out from among the people. These have been gathered up, fitly arranged, and having already performed most excellent service, they are now sent forth with the best of all testimonials — the affection and admiration of thousands who have experienced their inspiration. Because they are homebred and popular, rather than foreign and stately, we like them none the less. And we can not doubt that many of them will carry up to heaven the devout fervor of God's people until the millennial day!

External Links


  • Reynolds, William J. 2001. Henry Ward Beecher's Significant Hymnal. The Hymn 52(2):17-24.

Works at CPDL

Title Year Composer Arranger Lyricist First Line Subgenre Vo. Meter
Maitland 1855 Anonymous George Allen Must Jesus bear the cross alone 4 86. 86 (C.M.)