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Refrains: Now

Chuck King follows up on his previous post about the adding of new refrains to previously existing hymns; this time, he discusses the modern “hymn revival” trend and his views on the subject. I actually have a greater problem with this practice, in its current form. And that is that without any significant improvement to the original, adding material to standard

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Refrains: Then

Chuck King briefly discusses refrains that were tacked onto existing hymns in the 19th century, covering one example, “At the Cross,” in detail. This happened a lot in the 19th century, especially (or, specifically?) in the context of revivalist meetings. Songwriters sometimes began with the texts of existing hymns, and added a chorus (refrain). As we will see in the

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