Hymn instance "publication date" necessary?

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Since a hymnal has a date field, why does each hymn instance have a "publication date" field? This seems both redundant and inefficient.


On second thought, I can see where it could be useful for "hymnals" that don't have a specific publication date, such as the virtual hymnals CCEH, The Cyber Hymnal, Timeless Truths, etc. But in all cases where a hymnal date has been provided, I would think the hymn instance date would be unnecessary.

You may leave the publication date fields blank for the text and tune instances.

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