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Hymns of the Greek Church

Translated with Introduction and Notes

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Author: John Brownlie
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,758 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.5
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 1,500
Added to site: 2009.01.20 23186
Genres: Religion, Poetry

“It brings into dignified Church-English some sixty simple and powerful hymns. The book should prove welcome to men generally interested in hymnody, and particularly to those who are ignorant of the richness of the Greek liturgy.”--Scotsman.

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nd its emotions. Our self-regarding praise is perhaps inevitable, as being the product of the meditative spirit which has its birth, and lives in the land of the twilight; but the advantages of the objectiveness of Greek hymnody are so patent, that its cultivation might be fostered by our hymn-writers, with advantage to the devotional feeling of our people and to the worship of the Church.

VI. The hymns as they appear in the original are distinguished by a variety of terms, the meaning in certain cases being extremely vague, and in others to be derived from the subject of the hymn, or from its form, or the time, place, or manner in which it is sung. As we have no corresponding terms in our language, it is necessary to retain the original.

The following collection contains specimens of some of these. They are:--

_The Canon_ ({kanôn}). This is the most elaborate form into which the praise of the Greek Church is cast. A canon consists, nominally, of nine odes or hymns, but the second o



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