Although Manning was raised and remained a Congregationalist, he nevertheless
appreciated and studied the works and traditions of other Christian convictions. This
book contains a collection of five papers Manning gave at Cambridge University between
1924 and 1939. These papers concern the still widely-known and well-loved hymns
of Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts, examining their form and content and how they
uniquely move and communicate truth to readers (or singers). Manning approaches the
subject ecumenically and sympathetically, as he read these papers before both Methodist
and Congregationalist religious societies.