How can I help?
cyberhymnal.orgURL, ask them to update their links.
<audio>tag that lets browsers play music without additional plugins. The Cyber Hymnal™ uses MIDI files to play sound. But, though MIDI is the oldest and most mature audio format for computers, no browser yet supports playing MIDI in the
<audio>tag. In fact, there is (so far) no low bandwidth, royalty free audio file format that all major browsers support in the
<audio>tag! We want to get rid of plugins to make your life (and ours) simpler, but browser vendors aren’t being helpful.
Tell the World Wide Web Consortium about it by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Here’s where you can submit this request to browser makers:
Please let us know if any of these links are out of date.
If you know anyone else who uses this site, please ask them to submit these requests, too! Help bless millions. Be patient, but persistent (Luke 18:5).
For browser vendors: The first product to support MIDI in the <audio> tag will become our recommended browser!
Pray that God will continue to show us His will for this site.
How do I clear my browser’s cache? When you visit a Web page, your browser usually saves the page in a storage area called a
The next time you visit the page, the browser can give you the
cached copy, instead of retrieving it again from the server. This technique makes Web pages load more quickly.
However, it can sometimes cause errors.
Clearing the cache makes the browser replace the old page copy with a fresh one, which often solves the problem.
Some browser extensions or other features hide these buttons (AdBlock, for example, or Chrome’s Incognito mode). If you don’t see the buttons, and suspect your browser setup is the cause, try these steps:
After you click the buttons, you don’t have to repeat these steps. Facebook lets you click the buttons only once.
Why don’t I hear music? If you want the music to start automatically on each hymn page, check the box on our home page that says
Play Music Automatically. If it doesn’t work:
Trusted Siteslist or clear the
Enable Protected Modecheck box on the configuration dialog. On MSIE version 11, you can open this dialog by choosing Tools-Internet Options and goking to the Security tab.
If you want to play the music manually, click the 🔊 icon. That should play the music with your computer’s music software (that is, outside the browser).
Unfortunately, the problem may recur, so repeat these steps if the music goes silent again later.
Sorry, we can’t diagnose problems long distance. If you still can’t hear the music, please see your local technician.
What’s the XML music link do? Why do only a few pages have one? It’s a hyperlink to the musical score in MusicXML format. This format is supported by a number of music annotation programs, such as MuseScore. If you have one of these annotation program on your computer, clicking the XML link should download the score into your annotation program. This lets you view and edit the score even if you can’t read files in our native file format (currently, NoteWorthy Composer™).
If you don’t have an application that supports MusicXML, clicking the link will probably just display the raw XML (not the score) in your browser, or in an XML editor, if your system has one.
I found tune XXX in the tune name index (or on a biography page), but when I click the link, I end up on a page playing a different tune. This can happen if the tune is not the primary tune on any of our hymn pages. In this case, the link points to a page where it is an alternate tune.
Why does the text in [language xyz] show rectangles, diamonds or question marks? Some possible causes:
Your computer doesn’t have a font that can display the
missing characters. For example, the default font used by Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) for Greek text under Windows XP is
Times New Roman, which can display some, but not all Greek characters and diacritical marks.
We’ve found the free font
Gentium to be good a replacement for Times New Roman in the case of Greek. For other languages, browsers and operating systems, you can find fonts via Internet search engines.
If the problem persists even with the correct font installed, your browser may be ignoring the font: The mere presence of a font on your system doesn’t guarantee your browser will use it.
Our site gives font hints to browsers for languages with non-Latin alphabets, but some browsers don’t bother checking these hints. However, some browsers let you explicitly choose the fonts to use for particular languages. For instance, with MSIE, choose Tools-Internet Options-Fonts (though even this doesn’t always work).
Firefox seems to read our font hints correctly. For other browsers, please consult the help file or ask a computer support technician.
The pages are hard to read on a small screen. How I can reduce the clutter? Select the
Short Version check box on the home page: It will reduce the data displayed on hymn pages.
To temporarily reduce the data on a single page, click the black arrow in the upper right corner of the browser window. Repeated clicks will toggle between the
Why is the text hard to read? We doesn’t specify a particular font for English text. Your browser picks the font, so if it’s hard to read, you’ll have to blame your browser.
Why do some index entries have numbers after them? These indicate primary titles, names, etc. Mostly, this is for our own use as a convenient way to count the number of primary entries. Entries without numbers are alternate titles or first lines.
Is there an index of hymns by date written, by author birth/death dates, etc.? Sorry, no. We don’t have the resources to maintain such indexes.
Do you have hymn xxxx? If the title starts with
The, it’s indexed under the next word (that is, the indexes ignore these short words at the beginning of titles). If you still can’t find it, check the index for its first line. Some hymns’ titles and first lines are used interchangeably. If you still can’t find it, try using our search page.
Why don’t you have my favorite hymn, xxxx? If it was published after , it’s probably copyrighted. Click here to see frequently requested hymns in that category.
Why don’t you have more contemporary music? Copyrights. We can’t post copyrighted material without permission. If there are favorite hymns you’d like to see online, please get the copyright holder’s written permission before contacting us.
Our Popular Hymns page lists copyrighted titles people often request. Bottom line: please do your homework.
Do you need music? Yes, there are some lyrics for which we haven’t found suitable music. Click here for details.
Why do some portraits have gold-colored borders? This is our way of recognizing the contributions of people who have published one or more works on hymnology or the study of church music (hymnals and song books don’t count for this purpose).
Do you have high resolution versions of pictures? Sorry—the online images are the only ones available.
Is your site available on DVD or CD-ROM? Sorry, afraid not. As a low budget private site, we don’t have the resources to run a publishing business. Maintaining this site is a full time job.
Why are some lyrics different than those in our hymnal? Our sources may have been different than those your hymnal used. Historically, hymnal compilers have taken liberties with lyrics, arrangements, etc., causing the (usually minor) differences you see.
Sometimes even we make small changes to lyrics, though we try to keep such modifications to an absolute minimum. The most common reason is to fix metrical defects, or make archaic vocabulary, spelling, or grammar clearer to visitors whose primary language is not English (due to the world wide reach of the Internet). However, we don’t undertake such changes lightly, and make our best effort to retain the original poetry.
Why do some words in the lyrics have accent marks? These are singing hints. An accent over a letter means the word should be sung with an extra syllable. For example, you would sing blessed in one syllable, but you would sing blessèd in two syllables.
How can I get the lyrics? Feel free to copy and paste public domain lyrics directly from the screen. Most of our lyrics are in that category. If the lyrics are copyrighted, there will be a notice saying so. Please don’t copy these lyrics unless the copyright notice allows it.
MIDI files? First, MIDI files are not recordings. Rather, they contain digital instructions for a computer sound board telling what notes to play, their volume, tempo, duration, instrument, etc.
Click here for the history and more information on MIDI.
What’s the difference between PDF & NWC files?
How do I decompress the archive files? You need an UNZIP utility.
How do you choose the tunes? We normally use the tune found in the source where we found the lyrics. If the source doesn’t assign a tune, we pick one that seems to fit best. This is rare, though; the tune we use is usually in a published hymnal. Exception: Some very old hymnals have only words, no music. In these cases, we try to find a tune that fits.
Why don’t you list tune xxx as an alternate for hymn xxx? The alternate tune lists are not exhaustive, and due to time and space constraints, probably never will be. We simply give some that we have seen published in various musical traditions. Also, please realize that a
well known tune in one denomination can be virtually unknown elsewhere.
I have lyrics, but no music. How can I find a tune that fits the words?
poetic meter.For example, a line of 8 syllables, followed by lines of 6, 8 and 6 syllables, would be
How can I get the sheet music? We don’t publish or sell music. Much of the material on this site is out of print, so if you want a paper copy, check used book stores, estate sales, flea markets, or an antiquarian bookseller. Or, just click the icon and print it (requires Adobe Arobat Reader).
Another possibility is to download the hymnal or song book where it was published from an online source. Many, but not all, of these books have been digitized and are available for free on the Internet.
How can I get sheet music for a specific tune?
How can I tell where the music came from? The comment section of the NoteWorthy Composer™ file usually shows the source.
I use music notation software XYZ. Can I import your NoteWorthy Composer™ (NWC) files? Yes, if your software can read MusicXML files. Click here to visit a site that converts NWC files to MusicXML format.
Why does the music sound tinny/like a harpsichord/weird? You probably have an outdated software driver, or a low quality sound board/speakers. It’s probably worth some time and effort to fix the problem. With the right setup, your sound should be almost CD-quality.
Why is the music so fast/slow? Speed is largely a matter of personal taste. If you want to change the tempo, you can download NoteWorthy Composer™™ and create a MIDI file to suit your needs.
Can I play your music on a regular DVD/CD player? Not directly, but with some effort and the right software, you could convert the MIDI files to MP3 format, then
burn them onto a DVD/CD. You might see if your congregation has a willing and able teenager: that age group often has experience in DVD/CD creation.
Where can I get MIDI files for other types of music? There are many Web sites specializing in MIDI. Try looking on a search engine like Google.
Can you show guitar chords? Sorry, we don’t have that capability. But there are other Web sites that specialize in worship music played by guitar.
Our Web site links to the Cyber Hymnal™. Can you tell us when your pages change, so we can update our links? Sadly, no, due to lack of time. But our Recent Additions page lists the new material when it goes online.
Do you have any family history on the authors or composers? This is outside our scope. We recommend you visit one of the many of genealogy sites on the Web, or click the Findagrave link if shown on one of our biography pages.
Can I download your entire site? There are many programs on the Internet to download entire Web sites. For pages on our site which have restrictive copyright notices, you should first obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Why do I get the message
Access Denied in Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE)? We haven’t seen this message ourselves, but it seems to be caused by errors in MSIE. This link shows discussions of the topic and possible solutions. If you still get the error, we recommend using a different browser, such as Firefox or Chrome.
Who are you? What’s your denomination? This is a private Web site, doing our best to advance God’s kingdom, using the gifts He gives us. We belong to the same denomination as Jesus: