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1. Hymnody.
2. The study of hymns.

[Greek humnologiā, singing of hymns : humnos, hymn + logos, saying; see -logy.]

hym′no·log′ic (hĭm′nə-lŏj′ĭk), hym′no·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
hym·nol′o·gist n.
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this hymnal, British hymnologist John Richard Watson (1934-) noted that
The Danish hymnologist, Steffen Arndal, gives an excellent exposition of this phenomenon.
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The new work is being put together by Dick Watson, Emeritus Professor of English Studies, and Professor Jeremy Dibble, a hymnologist in the Department of Music at Durham University.
Professor Jeremy Dibble, a hymnologist at Durham University, said: "It was the only Christmas hymn to be approved by the Church of England in the 18th century and this allowed it to be disseminated across the country with the Book of Common Prayer.
Professor Jeremy Dibble, a hymnologist in the Department of Music, Durham University, found that the tune is one of many variations used over the 300-year history of the carol.
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The son William Davies Shipley was a prominent churchman and his daughter married the hymnologist Reginald Heber.
A hymnologist might complain that Isaac Watts, the greatest of all hymn writers, appears as 'Watt' in both text and index, and there could have been a mention of Samuel Greg, the son of Samuel and Hannah (and Elizabeth Gaskell's contemporary) and his hymn on the Transfiguration, 'Stay, Master, stay upon this heavenly hill', with its stern Unitarian reminder that 'Our home, our life, our duties lie below' and that 'The plough lies waiting in the furrow there'.
McKeller is a hymnologist, teacher and free-lance writer living in Toronto.