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Robert Cleaver Chapman of Barnstaple

by William Henry Bennet

Jeremy Mott said ...
Does anyone know why Robert Cleaver Chapman's hymn: "Go and Search the Tomb of Jesus" was left out of Spiritual Songs?
Sunday, May 1, 2022 : 16:46
Nick Fleet said ...

Jeremy, the hymn was in the 1838 Hymns for the Poor of the Flock and in the 1856, 1881, and 1903 editions of Hymns for the Little Flock as well as William Kelly's 1894 Hymns Selected and Revised.  In 1928, when WJ Hocking revised/combined the 1881 and 1894 editions he omitted the hymn but his reasons are not on record.  When Spiritual Songs was produced in 1974, the 1881, 1903, and 1928 books were under consideration but Chapman's hymn didn't make the final compliation.  I don't know why other than to assume that it didn't feature strongly in the returns of hymns used regularly that the gatherings had been asked to supply.

It was never in Believers Hymn Book.

Sunday, May 1, 2022 : 21:09

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