Hymnology Databases

Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology
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The Hymnary

Hymn Tune Index

Hymns and Carols of Christmas




Hymn Society in the United States and Canada

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Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Welsh Hymn Society


Blogs about Hymns

Ask Her About Hymn(s): A Blog of Hymn Histories and Meditations

Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church: History of Hymns

Wordwise Hymns: Hymns, Their History and Meaning

David’s Hymn Blog (David Hamrick):


Digital Repositories

Google Books

Internet Archive

HathiTrust Digital Library

Early American Imprints
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Early English Books Online
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Eighteenth Century Collections Online
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Specialized Bibliographies

Gospel & Sunday School Hymns >

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General Hymnology Texts

William Reynolds, David Music, and Milburn Price, A Survey of Christian Hymnody, 5th ed. (Carol Stream, IL: Hope Pub. Co., 2010): WorldCat | Amazon

Paul Westermeyer, Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective (Chicago: GIA, 2005): WorldCat | Amazon

Erik Routley and Paul Richardson, A Panorama of Christian Hymnody (Chicago: GIA, 2005): WorldCat | Amazon

J.R. Watson, An Annotated Anthology of Hymns (Oxford: University Press: 2002): WorldCat | Amazon

J.R. Watson, The English Hymn (Oxford: University Press, 1997): Amazon

David W. Music, Hymnology: A Collection of Source Readings (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1996): WorldCat | Amazon

Harry Eskew and Hugh T. McElrath, Sing with Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Hymnody, 2nd ed. (Nashville: Church Street Press, 1995): WorldCat | Amazon

Frank Colquhoun, Hymns that Live (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 1980).

E.E. Ryden, The Story of Christian Hymnody (Rock Island: Augustana Press, 1959): WorldCat

Erik Routley, The Music of Christian Hymnody (London: Independent Press, 1957): WorldCat

Erik Routley, Hymns and the Faith (London: J. Murray, 1955).

Erik Routley, Hymns and Human Life (London: John Murray, 1952; rev. 1959): WorldCat

Albert Bailey, The Gospel in Hymns: Backgrounds and Interpretations (NY: Scribner, 1950).

Silas H. Paine, Stories of the Great Hymns of the Church (Monclair, New Jersey: New Era, 1925).

Louis Benson, Studies of Familiar Hymns, Second Series (1923)

Louis Benson, Studies of Familiar Hymns (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1903): PDF

Louis Benson, The English Hymn: Its Development and Use in Worship (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1915): PDF

John Julian, A Dictionary of Hymnology (London, J. Murray, 1892; with appdx., 1907): Google

Duncan Campbell, Hymns and Hymn Makers (London: A.C. Black, 1898):

Samuel Duffield, English Hymns: Their Authors and History, 3rd ed., rev. (NY: Funk & Wagnalls, 1888):

Edwin F. Hatfield, The Poets of the Church (NY: Anson D.F. Randolph, 1884):

Edwin Long, Illustrated History of Hymns and Their Authors (Philadelphia: J.L. Landis, 1875):

John Gadsby, Memoirs of the Principal Hymn-Writers & Compilers of the 17th, 18th, & 19th Centuries, 4th ed. (London, 1870): HathiTrust

Josiah Miller, Singers and Songs of the Church, 2nd ed. (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1869):


Hymnals with Companions

Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013)
Glory to God: A Companion (2016)

Lift Up Your Hearts (CRC/RCA, 2013)
Companion materials are on

Worship, 4th ed. (Catholic, 2011)
Companion to Worship, 3rd ed. (1986)

Lutheran Service Book (2006)
Companion to LSB (pending fall 2019)

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)
Companion to ELW (2010)

Praise! Psalms, Hymns & Songs (2000)
Exploring Praise! (2006-2007)

Church Hymnal of Ireland (2000)
Companion to Church Hymnal (2005)

New Century Hymnal (1995)
New Century Hymnal Companion (1998)

The Baptist Hymnal (1991)
Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992)

Presbyterian Hymnal (1990)
Presbyterian Hymnal Companion (1993)

The Worshiping Church (1990)
Worship Leaders’ Edition (1991)
Companion to The Worshiping Church (1993)

United Methodist Hymnal (1989)
Companion to UMH (1993)

Psalter Hymnal (1987)
Psalter Hymnal Handbook (1998)

Worship, 3rd Ed. (Catholic, 1986)
Hymnal Companion to Worship (1998)

The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal, 1985)
The Hymnal 1982 Companion (1994)

Hymns & Psalms (Methodist, 1983)
Companion to Hymns & Psalms (1988)

Lutheran Book of Worship (1978)
Hymnal Companion to the LBW (1981)

Baptist Hymnal (1975)
Companion to Baptist Hymnal (1976)

Mennonite Hymnal (1969)
Exploring the Mennonite Hymnal (1983)

Methodist Hymnal (1966)
Companion to the Hymnal (1970)

Crusade Hymns (1966)
Crusade Hymn Stories (1967)

Baptist Hymn Book (1962)
Baptist Hymn Book Companion (1967)

Baptist Hymnal (1956)
Hymns of Our Faith (1964)

Mennonite Hymnary (1940)
Handbook to the Mennonite Hymnary (1949)

Congregational Praise (1951)
Companion to Congregational Praise (1953)

Hymns Ancient & Modern (1950)
Historical Companion to Hymns A&M (1962)

The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal, 1943)
Hymnal 1940 Companion, 3rd rev. ed. (1956)

Lutheran Hymnal (1941)
Lutheran Hymnal Handbook (1942)

Methodist Hymnal (1935)
Our Hymnody: A Manual, 2nd ed. (1942)

Baptist Church Hymnal (1933)
Handbook to the Baptist Church Hymnal (1935)
A Companion to the Baptist Church Hymnal (1953)

Methodist Hymn Book (1933)
Methodist Hymn Book Illustrated (1934)
Music of the Methodist Hymn Book (1935)

The Hymnal (Presbyterian, 1933)
Handbook to the Hymnal (1936)

Songs of Praise Enlarged (1931)
Songs of Praise Discussed (1933)

Standard Church Hymns and Gospel Songs (1930)
Hymnal Handbook for Standard Hymns (1931)

The Church Hymnary (1927)
Handbook to the Church Hymnary, with Suppl. (1935)

Church Hymnal (Ireland, 1919)
The Church’s Song: A Companion, 2nd ed. (1920)

Methodist Hymnal (1905)
Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church (1911):

Hymns Ancient & Modern (1904)
Hymns Ancient & Modern Historical Edition (1909): HathiTrust

The Church Hymnary (1898)
The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the CH, with Suppl. (1911):
The Music of the Church Hymnary (1901):

Gospel Hymns, Nos. 1-6 (1895)
Sing Glory and Hallelujah! (1996)

Church Hymnal, with Appendix (Ireland, 1891)
Large-print editions contain a Biographical Index:
The Church’s Song: A Companion (1908)

Scottish Hymnal (1886)
Scottish Church Music (1891):

Hymns Ancient & Modern (1889)
Historical Companion, 2nd ed. (1903):

Laudes Domini (1884), New Laudes Domini (1892)
Annotations upon Popular Hymns (1893):

Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1878)
Hymn Studies: An Illustr. and Ann. Ed, 3rd ed. (1897):

Our Hymns and Their Authors (1892):

Hymnal According to the Protestant Episcopal Church (1871)
Annotations of the Hymnal (1872):

Hymns Ancient & Modern (1861)
Annotated by Louis Biggs (1867): PDF

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