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Classic Hymns and Carols

John Betjeman



ISBN: 9781849940474

Price: £ 12.99

Publication date: 1 August 2012

Category: Poetry

  • A must-have source for any celebration, from weddings and Christmas to christenings and funerals.
  • This inspiring collection includes traditional and modern favourites, such as Jerusalem, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, All Things Bright and Beautiful, The Holly and the Ivy and Abide with Me.
  • Contains beautiful hymns originally written by Britain’s best-loved poets, including John Donne, John Milton, William Blake, William Wordsworth and Rudyard Kipling.

This wonderful collection includes 70 of the nation’s most popular hymns, providing essential words and lyrics for any celebration. Whether you wish to find something suitable for a wedding, christening or funeral, or simply something inspiring for a sporting or musical event, there is something for everyone here.

The book includes all-time favourites such as The Holly and The Ivy, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Jerusalem, Abide with Me, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Onward Christian Soldiers, and numerous other classic gems. Many of the songs were originally written by some of the nation’s literary giants, from John Donne, William Blake and William Wordsworth to Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti and Rudyard Kipling, and this unique guide highlights where the modern hymn derives from the original poetry.

Introduced by John Betjeman, himself a poet and one of the most popular poets Laureate to date, this must-have collection is an invaluable source for anybody planning a special day.


John Betjeman was a celebrated poet, broadcaster, journalist and champion of British heritage and architecture. One of the most enduringly popular British Poets Laureate, his Collected Poems was published in 1958 and has since sold over two and a quarter million copies.