The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
VOLUME XVIII. Later National Literature, Part III.

XXVI. Patriotic Songs and Hymns


This selected bibliography does not include (a) the majority of magazine references, (b) special studies on single songs and hymns, or (c) song and hymn collections. The best single bibliography is contained in the report on The Star-Spangled Banner, Hail Columbia, America, Yankee Doodle compiled by O. G. Sonneck, 1909. The best encyclopedic source is naturally Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1906 and its American Supplement, 1920.


Dwight, James Sullivan. Journal of Music. Boston, 1852–1854.

Elson, Louis Charles. The History of American Music. 1915. The National Music of America and its Sources. Boston, 1900.

Grove, Sir George. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 5 vols. London, 2d ed., 1906.

Hubbard, William Lines. American History and Cyclopedia of Music. 12 vols. 1908–1910.

Mathews, William Smythe Babcock. One Hundred Years of Music in America. Chicago, 1889.

Ritter, Frederic Louis. Music in America. 1890.

Sonneck, Oscar George. Bibliography of Early Secular American Music. Washington, 1905.


Banks, Louis Albert. Immortal Songs of Camp and Field; the Story of their Inspiration, together with Striking Anecdotes connected with their History. Cleveland, 1899.

Birdseye, G. Song Composers of America. Potter’s Am. Mo., XII:28, 443; XIII:41, 139; XIV:23, 442.

Daniell, Carl A. National Airs and Who Wrote Them. Current Literature, 1896, XX, 453.

Finck, Henry T. Songs and Song Writers. 1900.

Galbreath, C. B. Daniel Decatur Emmett, Author of “Dixie.” Ohio Archeological and Historical Publications, XIII, 505–550.

Kobbé, Gustav. Famous American Songs. 1906.

Madeira, Louis Cephas. Annals of Music in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1896.

Nason, Elias. A Monograph on our National Song. Albany, 1869.

Preble, Henry George. History of the Flag of the United States of America. Chapter on National and Patriotic Songs. 2d ed., Boston, 1880.

Saffell, W. T. R. Hail Columbia, the Flag, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Baltimore, 1864.

Scott, J. L. Influence of National Song. Western Literary Journal, 1:330.

Smith, Nicholas. Stories of Great National Songs. Milwaukee, 1896.

Sonneck, Oscar George. Early Secular American Music. Washington, 1905. Early Concert Life in America. Leipzig, 1907. The Star Spangled Banner, Hail Columbia, America, Yankee Doodle. Washington, 1909.

Sousa, John Philip. National, Patriotic, and Typical Airs of All Lands, with copious notes. Philadelphia, 1889. (Compiled by authority of the Secretary of the Navy, for the use of the Department.)

Spofford, Ainsworth R. The Lyric Element in American History. Columbia Historical Society Records, VII. 1904.

Stevenson, E. Irenæus. Our “National” Songs. Independent, 1897, XLIX, 2526–2561.

Unsigned. Celebrated Folk Songs and their History. Metronome, 1903, vol. XIX, no. 9, p. 9.

Wayne, Flynn. Our National Songs and their Writers. National Magazine, 1899–1900, XI, 284.


A. E. C. Hymns and Their Stories. Chap. XXIII. 1894.

Belcher, Joseph. Historical Sketches of Hymns, their Writers and their Influences. Philadelphia, 1859.

Benson, Louis F. The English Hymn; its Development and Use. Chap. VIII. London, 1915.

Breed, David R. The History and Use of Hymns and Hymn-Tunes. Chicago, 1903.

Christophers, S. W. Hymn Writers and their Hymns. 1867.

Cope, Henry F. One Hundred Hymns You Ought to Know. Chicago, 1906.

Cummings, William N. God Save the King. London, 1903.

Dickinson Edward. Music in the History of the Western Church. Chaps. xxi, xxii. 1902. [Contains bibliography.]

Gould, Nathaniel D. History of Church Music in America. Boston, 1853.

Holyoke, Samuel. Harmonia Americana. Boston, 1791.

Horder, W. Garrett. The Hymn-Lover, Chap. XX. London, 1889.

Julian, John. A Dictionary of Hymnology. Rev. ed. London, 1908.

Lorenz, Edmund S. Practical Church Music. Chap. vii. Chicago, 1909.

Miller, Josiah. Singers and Songs of the Church. London, 1869.

Robinson, Charles S. Annotations upon Popular Hymns. 1893.

Stevenson, W. F. Biography of Certain Hymns. Good Words, 1862, III:641; same art., Living Age, LXXVI:609.

Tillett, Wilbur F. Our Hymns and their Writers. Nashville, 1892.

Unsigned. America’s Contribution to English Hymnody. Theological Monthly, 1889, 1:35. Old Hymns and New Creeds. Nation, 1911, XCIII:443.

White, Richard G. National Hymns; How They are Written, and How They are not Written. 1861.