The Poetry of Hymns (Audiobook)
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Read by Richard Mitchley, William Dufris & Daniela Nardini (Unabridged: 1hr 48mins)

Featuring poems by John Donne, Ben Jonson, Anne Bronte, Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sara Teasdale & others.

Through the centuries in the solace of a church we hear music.  These soaring vaulted often beautiful pieces of architecture have borne witness to hymns that change our emotions and fortify our spirit through life, death and celebrations and memorials of every type in between.  Whether you are of a Christian faith or not, it is difficult to deny that these hymns create something stirring something magical which shouldn't be surprising when you hear the original poems.  They speak with clarity and purpose, uplifting the heart and the soul, rejoicing God’s work and man’s pledge to do better in His eyes.  But Hymns also have a wider duty to perform as there are many facets, themes and help on how to live lives as ourselves and appreciate each other as well as nature.  In listening each of us can be swayed and persuaded on a number of levels.

However many poets have called their work ‘a Hymn’ and have explored its theme and its definition, in different ways. They can be more irreverent and suggest that hymns can come not from churches but other places - even watermelon pavilions.

One of the purposes of poems, of verse, of words, is to bring a subject into our view, imbue it with a little understanding and perhaps help us to confirm our opinions or hear in a way we might not have originally thought of it.  Seeing and hearing through others can be a way to find more complex ripples of knowledge or to challenge what we hold and adjust that thinking.

In this volume we bring you a wide range of Hymns from the religious and the devotional to the humane and the wonderful.

In this compilation - 

1 - The Poetry of Hymns - An Introduction 
2 - Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd
3 - Amazing Grace by John Newton
4 - Wondrous Sight For Men and Angels by Ann Griffiths
5 - Angels From the Realms of Glory by James Montgomery
6 - And Can It Be, That I Should Gain by Charles Wesley
7 - Nearer, My God to Thee by Sarah Flower Adams
8 - A Hymn to God the Father by John Donne
9 - A Hymn to God The Father by Ben Jonson
10 - A Hymn for Morning by Thomas Parnell
11 - Hymn Written Sunday February the 11th, 1798 by Robert Anderson
12 - An Hymn to the Morning by Phyllis Wheatley
13 - Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! by Reginald Heber
14 - A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
15 - The Hymn by Anne Kingsmill-Finch
16 - An Hymn to the Evening by Phyllis Wheatley
17 - A Hymn on the Seasons (An Extract) by James Thomson
18 - A Spring Carol by Christina Rossetti
19 - A Carol of Harvest For 1867 by Walt Whitman
20 - We Plough the Fields and Scatter by Mattias Claudius
21 - Hymn to the Belly by Ben Jonson
22 - Sacrament Hymn by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
23 - Homer's Hymn To the Earth, Mother of All by Percy Bysshe Shelley
24 - Hymn to Aphrodite by Sappho
25 - A Hymn To the Muses by Robert Herrick
26 - Ain't That Hard. Transcribed by Christine Rutledge of the Carolina Singers 1873
27 - Oh God! Oh Let Me Call Thee Thine by Anne Bronte
28 - Hymn On Solitude by James Thomson
29 - Hymn From A Watermelon Pavilion by Wallace Stevens
30 - Nature's Hymn to the Deity by John Clare
31 - Hymn For St John's Eve The 29th June by John Henry Dryden
32 - Jerusalem by William Blake
33 - Hymn For the Dedication of Memorial Hall at Cambridge June 23rd 1874 by Oliver Wendell Holmes
34 - Hymn for a Little Child by Matilda Betham Edwards
35 - De Linin' ub de Hymns by Daniel Webster Davis
36 - The Hymn of the Wiltshire Laborers by Charles Dickens
37 - The Gospel Train. Transcribed by Christine Rutledge of the Carolina Singers 1873
38 - Hymn For the First of August by John Pierpont
39 - Hymn XLI by William Williams Pantycelyn
40 - There's An Open Door by Ann Griffiths
41 - Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson
42 - Hymn After Battle by Arthur St John Adcock
43 - Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe
44 - Onward Christian Soldiers by Sabine Baring-Gould
45 - Hymn by Fenton Johnson
46 - Boston Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson
47 - Father Mapple's Hymn by Herman Melville
48 - The Sailor's Hymn by William Whiting
49 - A Hymn of the Sea by William Cullen Bryant
50 - Hymn to The North Star by William Cullen Bryant
51 - In the Bleak Mid-Winter by Christina Georgina Rossetti
52 - Winter Evening Hymn To My Fire by James Russell Lowell
53 - A Christmas Carol by Samual Taylor Coleridge
54 - Carol by Ben Jonson
55 - A Christmas Carol by Aubrey De Vere
56 - A Carol. I by Mildmay Fane, Earl of Westmorland
57 - Christmas Carol by Sara Teasdale
58 - A Christmas Carol by G K Chesterton
59 - The Prettiest Thing That Ever I Did. Transcribed by Christine Rutledge of the Carolina Singers 1873
60 - A Funeral Hymn by David Mallet