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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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).

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: A Study of the Development of the Hymn Tune Since the Reformation (London: Independent Press, 1957: WorldCat).

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

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)


Hymnals with Companions

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

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

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

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

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006 | Amazon | Hymnary)
Companion to ELW (2010 | Amazon)

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

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

The Baptist Hymnal (1991 | Amazon | Hymnary)
Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992 | Amazon)

United Methodist Hymnal (1989 | Amazon | Hymnary)
Companion to UMH (1993 | Amazon)

The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal | Amazon | Hymnary)
Companion to the Hymnal 1982 (Amazon)

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