Polman, Bert


b Rozenburg, The Netherlands 1945. After his first 2 years spent in Indonesia, he returned to Holland and in 1955 emigrated with his family to Canada. He studied at Dordt Coll, Sioux Center, Iowa (BA 1968), Univ of Minnesota (MA 1969, PhD Musicology 1981). From 1975 to 1985 he taught music at Ontario Bible Coll, before becoming Music Prof, first at Redeemer Coll, Ancaster, Ontario, then at Calvin Coll, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Latterly he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship leading seminars, workshops and other studies, mainly in N America. A specialist in hymnology and liturgy, he served on the committee for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal of the Christian Reformed Ch (which has 23 of his texts) and The Worshiping Church (1990). The 1998 Psalter Hymnal Handbook, for which he was a co-editor and major contributor, concludes with a section relating the hymns to Dutch Reformed doctrine. Paul A Richardson (2005) writes of Polman’s ‘significant contributions to hymnody as a scholar, editor and musician, and ‘his several effective versifications of Scripture’. Nos.58, 70.

Hymns and songs by Polman, Bert

Number Hymn Name
58 O mighty rulers, can you claim
70 Come quickly, Lord, to rescue me