The Gadsby Project. Some of the 1, songs in this hymnal are familiar, but most of these great lyrics have simply been forgotten in the modern church. Our primary goal for this record is to reintroduce 14 of these great hymns so believers can incorporate them into public worship again. Interestingly, William Gadsby the original compiler of the hymnal, a great preacher and hymn-writer was against the use of instruments in public worship. This mindset aided in making many of the original tunes and melodies unknown for these hymns.
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First published in the 19th century, it is still in current use. It was first published in in Manchester. Gadsby published a later edition in This hymnal contains hymns words only by various authors. These are primarily, but not exclusively, from the Calvinistic stream of Protestant thought.
The edition currently available includes the following authors, here listed by number of hymns used. Gadsby's own hymns are of a high standard. For example, number is worthy of Watts and Wesley, both highly regarded for their hymn writing abilities. The third line of the last verse certainly echoes the thought of Charles Wesley's hymn Thou Shepherd of Israel, and mine , with the line "Eternally held in Thy heart".
Another example from William Gadsby illustrates the Calvinistic flavour of this book. Hymn number describes election in Calvinistic language. Many of the Strict Baptists use the Companion Tune Book, a musical score of hymn tunes designed as a companion to Gadsby's hymn book. The hymn book was never widely used in churches outside the United Kingdom, but there is some renewed interest in it among Reformed Baptists as devotional poetry.
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First published in the 19th century, it is still in current use. It was first published in in Manchester. Gadsby published a later edition in This hymnal contains hymns words only by various authors. These are primarily, but not exclusively, from the Calvinistic stream of Protestant thought. The edition currently available includes the following authors, here listed by number of hymns used.