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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Reapers

Reapers, like The Modern Hymnal and The American Hymnal, is from publisher Robert H. Coleman. Links are included to each of these at the end of this article.


As you can see this is a paperback hymnal, or songbook, unlike the other two which are hardbound.

And, as a paperback, they were able to print on the back as well as the front of the book.


From the title page, we can see that this hymnbook was copyrighted in 1932, just a year before The American Hymnal, and several years after The Modern Hymnal. According to the website hymntime.com, it appears that there may have been an earlier edition also called Reapers in 1929.

Unlike the other two hymnals, I am not aware that this book was reprinted by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention after they purchased Coleman. But, it was during the time that B.B. McKinney worked as an editor form Robert H. Coleman.

In fact, there are several of the hymns in this collection that are written by, or arranged by, McKinney.



As more of a songbook instead of a hymnal, this little volume has only the basic Index which is printed on the inside back cover of the edition.


If you are familiar with this songbook or have more information about it, I would love to hear from you. Please comment below and let me know about your experiences with the songbook Reapers.


Additional posts in the Robert H. Coleman hymnal series:
Robert H. Coleman, Publisher of Hymnals
The Modern Hymnal
The American Hymnal
Coleman's Songs for Men
The Popular Hymnal

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