Robert Morgan has written several different volumes in this series. Personally, I own and have read volumes 1, 2, and 3 in the series, but have not read any of the “special edition” books.
Volume three in this series is slightly different from the first two. Both volumes 1 and 2 took one page to give a short history of either a hymn or its writer, with about 150 hymns in each book. In this volume, Morgan often lets the story go for several pages, providing more depth to the information. Further, this volume differs because the beginning of the book provides a brief walk through what Morgan called “The History of Hymnody.” Anyone interested in the history of religious music will find this section, while very short, to be a good summary.
As one who loves to sing, but who also enjoys knowing where hymns come from, I find these short histories to be refreshing and uplifting. Morgan’s words are brief, but very informative. Personally, I like the longer format to these histories, in contrast to the longer notes in previous volumes. As with previous volumes, the reader will also find a wonderful mix of songs that are very familiar with those that they may have never heard of before. This only adds to the charm of the book, as the reader wants to find more hymns to learn.