I am interested in the oldest Anglican hymns that are still in use either in the 1940 or the 1982 Episcopal hymnals.

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    – agarza
    Nov 10, 2023 at 22:54
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    I must observe that the world-wide Anglican church uses other hymnals than the ones you are citing, which makes the question ambiguous. I myself grew up on the "English Hymnal", which includes mediaeval hymns. "O come all ye faithful" is a translation of ADESTE FIDELES. Nov 11, 2023 at 19:50
  • I cannot find the 1942 Episcopal hymnal, I think you meant 1940. Availability is also confirmed by Wikipedia list. Nov 12, 2023 at 4:56
  • There are several metric psalms such as O God our help in Ages Past and The Lord's My Shepherd. Would they count?
    – davidlol
    Dec 13, 2023 at 8:10

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I'll get us started. The hymn called "Saint Patrick's Breastplate" ("I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity") was written in 1889, not that long ago, but the lyrics are based on an 11th Century prayer.

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