Kathleen Norris: I Love to Tell the Story

Kathleen Norris
I’d call “I Love to Tell the Story” my favorite hymn for two reasons: its simplicity, and the fact that “I love to tell the story” could be any writer’s mantra. The hymn is apparently too simple for the Episcopal hymnal, which is ironic as its author, Katherine Hankey, was a member of the “Clapham sect,” a nineteenth-century group of evangelical Anglicans devoted to ending slavery.