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From the Director

The CCEL’s sister site,,
is a database of hymnody designed to serve the needs of worship
leaders, scholars, and anyone else looking for information about a
hymn. If you ever find yourself paging through indexes of hymnals, this
site can help.

This past month we added the Dictionary of North American Hymnology—intended
to be a comprehensive index of all hymnals published in North American
to 1978, though a few were omitted. So now you can get nearly complete
publication information on hymns. Have you ever wondered how many
hymnals have "Amazing Grace"? At least 1012, or more than 20% of all
hymnals published in North America.

Harry Plantinga

Director of the CCEL

What’s New

Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

English translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Away upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear.
So bitter is it, death is little more;
But of the good to treat, which there I found,
Speak will I of the other things I saw there.

— the opening lines of Dante’s Inferno

Read this classic at the CCEL

Read this classic in Italian at the CCEL

Featured Discussion Group

Murray’s Absolute Surrender

This will be a searching, challenging, and possibly life changing study of Andrew Murray’s Absolute Surrender,
allowing each member to explore and share thoughts and beliefs on the
subject set before us, that is, entire sanctification for the purpose
of union with the Divine. I am approaching this study from the
viewpoint of traditional holiness teaching and members of all views,
who wish to study this branch of mystical religion are welcome.

Learn more about this group

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Featured Hymn

Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas O. Chisholm

"There is no circumstantial background for Great Is Thy Faithfulness,"
writes its author, Thomas O. Chisholm. He goes on to say that it was
simply the result of his "morning by morning realization of God’s
personal faithfulness." Chisholm wrote the text in Vineland, New
Jersey, in 1923, and sent it to his friend William M. Runyan, who
composed the tune. Set to FAITHFULNESS, the text was published in
Runyan’s Songs of Salvation and Service (1923). "Great Is Thy
Faithfulness" is a vibrant testimony to the faithfulness of God, a
testimony Chisholm reaffirmed in 1941:

I must not fail to record here the unfailing
faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that he has given me many
wonderful displays of his providing care, for which I am filled with
astonishing gratefulness.

Learn more about this hymn at the Hymnary

Read about the Hymnary

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