"This book contains thirty-three new hymns and songs completed since my previous collection (Bring Many Names, 1989). In more than a hundred workshops and meetings, throughout the USA, I have invited participants to read (rather than sing) a hymn-text printed both as poetry (without music) and interlined (i.e. with the words separated into syllables and placed under each note, in between the staves of music). I find a consistent response, irrespective of regional or other differences. Some 2-3 % find the interlined words easier to read than the poetic form; 1-2 % find no difference; and 90-95 % find the poetic form easier to read and understand. .... To meet these diverse needs, each item in this collection is presented in both styles. Please -- musician friends -- read the text as poetry before you play the interlined version ! .... The past three years have been a time of personal transitions, including the joy of a new marriage partnership with Susan Heafield, and house moves from England to Pennsylvania, and thence to Maine. So `New Beginnings' (see my hymn No. 383 in The United Methodist Hymnal) is an appropriate title for this collection." -- Preface, p. .
Contents: [Dedication] -- Preface dated August 1992 / Brian Wren -- [Text of 33 Hymns in poetic and interlined formats] -- Notes on the Hymns -- Index of Composers -- Topical Index -- Metrical Index -- Index of Hymns.