Mirror to the soul
30 contemporary hymns based on psalms
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This collection, from one of today’s most acclaimed hymn writers, offers new words for 30 psalms, many set to well-known tunes. Psalms gave the Christian community its first hymns. Indeed, the Hebrew name for our Book of Psalms means ‘Songs of Praise’. In many Anglican churches today, the chanting of psalms is becoming a lost art. Metrical psalms are not, except in the rarest cases, actual translations of the original; but to congregations used to hymn singing they can offer something of the riches that singing (or saying) of the psalms provide. A glance at the themes represented will show the kind of variety that will often fit easily into a pattern of worship; or be of help in private devotion. Timothy Dudley-Smith, the author of over 300 hymns, was awarded an OBE and FRSCM for his services to hymnody. Previously the Bishop of Thetford, he now lives near Salisbury. William Llewellyn MBE studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was formerly Director of Music and later Second Master at Charterhouse. In retirement, he served as Chairman of the Devon Area of the Royal School of Church Music for twelve years.