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Hymn recorded by Sir William Dugdale

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fol. 71
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'A Hympne of Thanksgiving, composed by John Roe (who in an Acquittance upon receipt of money for his Tithes, stiled himselfe by the providence of God, and appointment of four Committe-men of Coventrie, Mininster of Shustoke) sung in Shustoke church upon the 7th of September a[nn]o 1648 being the day appointed for a solemn thanksgiving for the victory over the Scotts, and other successes by the parliamt. forces.' This title is followed by a 17-strophe hymn with the last incomplete. The first strophe begins: 'Awake awake o parliament, Rise Cromwell sing a Song'.


  • Creation: [ca.1648]


1 leaf

Language of Materials

  • English

English words.

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fol. 71

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10134


A previously unknown text of a hymn sung in Sir William Dugdale's parish church in Shustoke, near Coleshill in Warwickshire and here recorded by him.

Biographical / Historical

The hymn celebrates the Battle of Preston (1648), which ended with a victory of the Parliamentarians under the command of Oliver Cromwell over the Royalists and Scots led by the Duke of Hamilton during the Second English Civil War. It is noted in what seems a calligraphic hand of Sir William Dugdale (1605-1686), an antiquary, herald and Royalist. For further details of Dugdale's life and work see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The title uses the Middle English version of the word 'hymn', ‘ympne’. Although the hymn was clearly recorded for historical reasons, its brief introduction betrays Dugdale's sentiments towards the composer John Roe, whose identity is not easy to ascertain. It could be the John Roe recorded as a pupil of Thomas Dugard, the Master of Warwick School, preaching when on vacation from Emmanuel College, Cambridge in December 1638 and 1639; the chaplain to the parliamentary garrison under Colonel George Fenwich at Tynemouth Castle, near Newcastle in 1649 or another.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Hart, October 2014.

Physical Facet

One leaf of paper with the majority of text in two columns. The title and words of the hymn are written in ink with ruling in pencil. A 20mm strip is missing from the left margin. There is some foxing and soiling, with a short diagonal tear in the middle without loss of text. Sir William Dugdale's name appears in later pencil on the verso.

A hymn recorded by Sir William Dugdale
Margaret Czepiel
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