Cambridge: University Press, 1924. Second edition. Original navy cloth (6 5/8 inches tall), gilt-stamped front panel, blind-stamped rear panel. Early owner signature, spine largely worn, boards toned and mottled but gilt bright and corners sharp. A sound, very good copy. Item #746
"WE OF THE OLD CHURCH CANNOT DO BETTER THAN SING TO GOD AS OUR FATHERS SANG TO HIM DURING ALL THE LONG AGES BEHIND US" Scarce second edition of these Latin-English hymns—a memorial edition printed by the Church of St. Hugh Letchworth shortly after Adrian Fortescue's death. The contents are: I. Evening Hymns, II. Advent Hymns, III. Christmas and Epiphany, IV. Lenten Hymns, V. Eastertide, VI. Whitsuntide, VII. The Holy Eucharist, VIII. The Blessed Virgin Mary, IX. Other Saints, X. The City of God, and XI. Compline for Sunday, as well as the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, The Divine Praises, and Te Deum laudamus. Adrian Fortescue founded the Church of St. Hugh of Letchworth in 1908. These hymns were first "arranged and translated" by Fortescue and printed for the congregation at Astley Cottage Letchworth in 1913. The congregation, in effect, prepared this second edition as a tribute in honor of its founder after his death in 1923. Printed with Fortescue's original Preface (initialed and dated "Letchworth, Whitsuntide, 1913") praising the beauty of the Latin office: "There is not and there is never likely to be any religious poetry in the world worthy to be compared with the hymns of the Latin office." The concluding leaf bears a Latin epitaph for Fortescue: "Dormit in Pace / Adrianvs a Forti Scvto." Printed at the University Press, Cambridge. Approbations.