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.