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RUGBY was the first Public School to have a Hymnal of its own. This was published in 1824, during the Headmastership of Dr. Wooll. It contains 38 “Psalms,
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Anthems, and Hymns,” but of these only four are hymns in the ordinary sense of the word : one for Easter, “Jesus Christ is risen to-day"; one for Whitsuntide, Bishop Cosin's paraphrase of the “Veni Creator"; and Bishop Ken’s Morning and Evening Hymnns. A second edition appeared in 1843, when Dr. Tait was Headmaster: it has 18 Psalms and 56 Hymns, the words of the
Sanctus,” and 11 Anthems. In this issue we find for the first time the Meeting and Parting Hymns of the Rev. H. J. Buckoll (who was a Master at the School from 1826 to 1871), and his Hymns for Founder's Day
and for the Sunday nearest to June 12, the anniversary
of Dr. Arnold's death.
A third edition came out in
1850 : it contained 19 versions of the Psalms and 68 Hymns. Another, still further enlarged, appeared in 1857 In the preparation of this the Headmaster, Dr. Goulburn, had the assistance of Mr. Buckoll and Mr. (afterwards Archbishop) Benson. It was reissued, with tunes, in 1859. In the edition of 1876, when
Dr. Jex-Blake was Headmaster, the number of Psalms
and Hymns reached 339. like the present, owed
The sixth edition, (1897), much to Canon Julian's
* Dictionary of Hymnology': it contained 360 Hymns.
I have to thank authors and proprietors of copyright
(among the latter the proprietors of Hymns Ancient and Modern ') for permission to include various hymns in this collection. Only in one or two cases, where I could not discover the owners of copyright, have I assumed a permission which I had no reason to suppose would be
H. A. J.