Over a period of time the writers of metrical psalms turned to fashioning free paraphrases of psalm texts. Eventually, in the seventeenth century, several English authors began to write hymn texts independent of the specific words of Scripture. Nineteenth-century fervor for hymn singing culminated with the publication of the most famous and influential of all hymnbooks, Hymns Ancient and Modern. The first half of the twentieth century witnessed growth in the study of hymnology, which led, in turn, to a variety of carefully planned hymnals that have had great influence to the present day.
Joseph Addison was born in 1672, the son of Reverend Lancelot Addison, Dean of Lichfield, England. He was educated at Oxford and early developed poetic talent.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was the son of Reverend Lancelot Addison, Dean of Lichfield, England. He was educated at Oxford and developed poetic talent at an early age.