This online hymnal contains texts and MIDI files of tunes used in much of the English-speaking
world, with particular emphasis on the Anglican tradition. Eventually there will be over 5000
pages on this site; currently the number is about 2250. Currently, thirty-seven hymnals
are indexed on this site.
At present, not all of the files are available. The public domain texts of the first six hymnals (marked with an asterisk in the hymnal indexes below) are completely uploaded. I am now working on standardizing the page formats, adding additional MIDIs and another 3000 or so pages of texts from an additional 40 Anglican hymnals published since the first appearance of Hymns Ancient & Modern in 1861. It is my hope that this site become the comprehensive source of information about the extensive tradition of Anglican and English-language hymnody.
Some MIDI files have yet to be uploaded, so you may find an occasional error message. In the coming months, several more indexes will be created. Also, you may find that URLs will be changing, especially to specific hymns as I work on renumbering the hymns to account for the expanded indexes. If you link to a specific hymn, be aware that its URL may change.
For the full text or a tune to be included, it must be in the public domain, which means for the most part written before 1923.
Please note: You may find that the text of a hymn is not exactly the one found in a given hymnal--most often, this page includes the original or an older version of a text. Hymnal editors have been editing the texts of hymns for centuries; some of these changes are included here; many are not. Please make sure you check the text thoroughly before using it in public worship. This especially applies to those using hymnals published in the last twenty years.
Accompanying the text of each hymn you will find information about the author of the text, its meter and various settings of music for each text. Also, MIDI files have been provided for many of the texts. The MIDI file you hear when the page opens is for the first tune named. This site is meant as a companion to the hymnals of the Anglican Communion and does not provide musical notation for the hymns.
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