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HIS hymn-book is an adaptation of the University Hymn Book,
published in 1895 by Harvard University for use in Appleton Chapel. The preface of the original book describes the compilation as follows:
“This hymn-book is designed for the use of young men in a University under an undenominational religious system. Ministers of different Christian communions should, therefore, find in it hymns which all can use with satisfaction, and young men should find in it masculine piety and honest aspiration. Hymns of a character foreign to the natural sentiments of young men have been excluded. The book, being intended for daily use, contains an unusually large proportion of hymns for morning and evening worship
In 1886 each of the preachers to the University for that year- REV. EDWARD EVERETT HALE, D. D.; REV. PHILLIPS BROOKS, D.D.; REV. ALEXANDER MCKENZIE, D. D. ; REV. GEORGE A. GORDON, D. D. indicated the fifty hymns which in his judgment were most desirable for this purpose; and the collation of this material is the foundation of the book. Since that time the collection has been reviewed, and further suggestions have been made by REV. LYMAN ABBOTT, D. D.; REV. BROOKE HERFORD, D. D.,
preachers to the University in 1891; but the final responsibility for the selection of hymns rests with the Plummer Professor, and for the selection of tunes with the Organist and Choir-master of the University.
Great pains have been taken to give each hymn in its original reading ; so that the University may have no part in perpetuating the garbled forms which occur in many collections. In some instances stanzas have been omitted from necessity, and in others stanzas have been transposed for convenience; but in all instances the author's language has been scrupulously sought for and retained. A few hymns, which seem to be
historically and inevitably composite, are so noted, and their sources are explained in the index of authors. In the musical settings similar pains have been taken to secure accurate and authorized readings, as ars in the index of composers. The verification of authorities has been made by Rev. Charles F. Russell, with assistance at the British Museum and elsewhere in England. Mr. Russell has also prepared the biographical indexes."
The book thus prepared is, in our judgment, a collection quite without parallel in excellence of hymns and tunes, literary accuracy, and beauty of form; and we have therefore obtained, by purchase from the University, the use of its plates and have adapted this undenominational book for use in our own churches. To this end we have omitted some hymns which are purely academic in character, or which do not accurately express the spirit of our worship, and have added some hymns which reflect religious sentiments and experiences not natural to the young men for whom the original book was designed. A few hymns for parish ceremonies and occasions not observed in the University Chapel have also been inserted. For these reasons in thirty-one cases hymns have been substituted for those in the University Hymn Book; and twenty others have been added.
Great pains have been taken to preserve the high literary and musical standards of the University Book, but for the changes in the present arrangement the University is not responsible. The words of the added hymns, like those derived from the University Book, have been carefully traced to their sources, and are here given in their original readings. In the musical settings similar pains have been taken to secure authorized readings.
CHARLES F. RUSSELL,
First Parish of Weston, Mass.
Church of the Saviour, Brook?]n, N. Y. April, 1896.
23-26, 48, 56, 59, 71, 143, 151, 152, 154, 166
142–144, 147, 150, 151, 158, 171, 183, 205,
227, 231, 235, 247
129, 133, 134, 136, 227
1-11, 15-19, 33-45, 54, 64, 78, 115, 132, 187-
190, 228-243, 251-255
264, 308, 309