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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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British hymnologist and literary scholar Richard Watson summarizes not only the significance of Milton as a poet, but also his influence on Charles Wesley:
Although no mention was made to his famous carol, I knew him to be the author from previous research I had done as an amateur hymnologist. Taking a hymnal from the pew rack, I opened to the page containing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and showed the docent Phillips Brooks name.
this hymnal, British hymnologist John Richard Watson (1934-) noted that
The Danish hymnologist, Steffen Arndal, gives an excellent exposition of this phenomenon.
The previous critical work, written by the German hymnologist Clemens Blume, was dated in 1897.
Professor Jeremy Dibble, a hymnologist at Durham University, said his research had shown that one of the most popular versions was to the tune Cranbrook - better known as On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at.
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.
The first section, on hymn traditions, features the title essay by distinguished hymnologist Mary K.
217, where Yonge only merits a mention because she visited the more famous Oxford Movement hymnologist, Cecil Frances Alexander, author inter alia of "All things bright and beauteous" (p.
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'.