Hallelujah: The Poetry of Classic Hymns

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Anna Marlis Burgard
Ten Speed Press, 2005 - Poetry - 115 pages
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By setting their doubts, hopes, and gratitude to song, the authors of classic hymns have comforted and guided people for centuries. From soulful spirituals pleading for release to heartfelt hymns of praise, HALLELUJAH pairs the poetry of our language's most beautiful and moving hymns with stunning artwork inspired by their words. From standards such as "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, ""Go Down, Moses, "and "Simple Gifts, "to less famous but equally lovely treasures, this selection spans centuries of hymns, spirituals, and carols from most Christian denominations. An introductory essay explores the ancient tradition of sacred poetry and the development of sacred song, from ancient Sumerian to early Christian Latin hymns, from Lutheran Reformation hymns to spirituals borne from slavery, and beyond. This collection reveals how the universal language of hymns allows them to cross denominations and create a brotherhood through words. HALLELUJAH is a glorious gift for everyone who cherishes spiritual poetry and enjoys reflecting on its meaning.

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Full of history and devotional information

User Review  - Ms Jo - Christianbook.com

I purchased 2 copies of this book for Choir leaders in my church. So many people are not aware of the history and depth of meaning in the hymns we sing. This has been used already as a learning tool ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

ANNA BURGARD is an editor, author, and designer of books for children and adults. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and in Publishers Weekly,/i>, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. She resides in Savannah, Georgia .
RICHARD KREPEL is an award-winning illustrator whose work has graced the covers of numerous magazines. He is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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