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Hymnary.org is an online hymn and worship music database for worship leaders, hymnologists, and amateur hymn lovers. The interface allows for browsing hymns by title, tune, meter, key, scripture reference, and more.

Incorporating the Dictionary of North American Hymnology in partnership with The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, it is the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet.

Below, Jane Borthwick’s translation of Katharina von Schlegel’s Stille, mein Wille! Dein Jesus hilft siegen, sung to a melody by Jean Sibelius; the database’s entry for the work is here.

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The Canterbury dictionary of hymnology


An essential reference resource for scholars of global hymnody, with information on the hymns of many countries and languages and a strong emphasis on the historical as well as the contemporary, The Canterbury dictionary of hymnology contains over 4000 individual entries and more than 300 authors from over 30 countries writing on hymns of the Judaeo-Christian tradition—from the earliest years to those written today—along with articles on individual hymns, authors from many countries, hymnals, organizations, themes, and hymn tunes and their composers.

Covering a multitude of hymn traditions from all continents, regions, and denominations, the database is ecumenical and international, and is published online to facilitate regular additions, amendments, and corrections. Intended as a replacement for the Dictionary of hymnology produced by John Julian in 1892 (with a supplement in 1907), it will be of interest to literary scholars, musicians, church historians, and theologians, and will be a delight for those who love the hymn as an art form. Each day three articles are made available to the public for one day.

Below, an example of African American lined-out hymn singing.

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