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PREFACE TO THE HYMNAL WITH TUNES.
I'he Committee appointed by order of the last General Conference to revise the Hymn Book, was also empowered “to prepare a suitable Hymn and Tune Book for the use of the Church;” and this book is presented as the result of its labor. The accepted doctrine of the Church is, that every person in the congregation ought to sing, not one in ten only:" To aid in securing such a consummation has been the prime purpose in the mind of the Committee. It has also been a special aim to prepare a book which would so commend itself to the whole Church as to secure uniformity of use in all our congregations, thus becoming a strong additional bond of union as well as a powerful stimulus in worship. Such a book is quite as much needed as a book of hymns alone.
This book has a superiority over our previous works of this kind in its exact agreement with the Hymnal in the order and consecutive numbering of the hymns. The preservation of this identity has greatly increased the difficulty of adapting all the hymns to suitable tunes. To accomplish this properly, without unduly increasing the size and expense of the book, was not an easy problem ; yet it is believed that very few hymns will be found without their appropriate tunes on their own or on opposite pages. In the few instances where this has not been practicable, a familiar tune is suggested, with its page, at the head of the hymn.. .
The tunes have been taken from the best sources of our own and other countries. They have been selected from a great multitude, and from a great variety of authors, and almost wholly with a view to their availability for congregational use. They are not mere scientific harmonies, but harmonized melodies. Most of them have been tested by long usage, and have become indispensable for popular use. Those that are relatively new will prove, it is believed, as acceptable and popular as the old. The variety is very broad, and yet the music is mainly of a solid, enduring kind. Wherever pages that face each other contain hymns of the same meter it has been the aim to adapt them to one old tune and one less familiar. The number of tunes for particular meters will be found very large, and their character especially excellent. Of the few lighter tunes in the book, it is sufficient to say that they are married to their hymns and cannot well be divorced. The dozen or more cf old and fugue tunes that follow the doxologies will be a grati fication to many who still enjoy the ancient melodies. The chants, though not numerous, are those very generally used by the universal Church; and it is hoped that they may become more popular and useful among us.
The Committee has been assisted in the preparation of this book by Dr. Eben Tourjće, of Boston, and Mr. Joseph P. Holbrook, of New York, as special musical editors. These names. are a sufficient guaranty that the musical department of the work has been done in the best possible manner.
We offer a few suggestions for congregational singing :
Let all provide themselves with books. Every singer should have a book to himself.
Let all sing ; generally the melody of the tune.
The minister must take and express deep and constant interest in congregational singing; otherwise it will be a failure.
The chorister must do the same.
There should be a choir or a precentor, and an organ, if possible, to lead the people. The best arrangement is to have the choir and organ in front of the congregation.
Frequent gatherings of the congregation in praise-meetings, and for instruction and practice in learning new tunes, are very desirable. For the sake of variety and freshness, the pastor and chorister should make persistent efforts to encourage the congregation to learn new tunes. The book should be the standard book of the Sunday-school, and should be constantly used in the social meeting as well as in the congregation.
In the hope that the work may stimulate all the people to sing in all the services of the sanctuary, and may contribute somewhat to the spirituality of -divine worship through the power of sacred song upon the heart, it is respectfully submitted to the kindly judgment of the Church. ..
Erection of Churches.......856–871
THE HOLY SPIRIT .......... 262-287 THE SEASONS ..............1080–1088
ADOPTION .................418-455 INDEXES.
FELLOWSHIP AND UNITY.......780-807
1 Exultant praise to the Redeemer. 1 0 FOR a thousand tongues, to sing
My great Redeemer's praise; The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace! 2 My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim, To spread through all the earth abroad,
The honors of thy name. 8 Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease; 'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
"Tis life, and health, and peace.
4 He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood availed for me.
Worshiping the Lamb. 1 COME, let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the throne; Ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
But all their joys are one. 2 “Worthy the Lamb that died," they cry,
“To be exalted thus!” "Worthy the Lamb!” our hearts reply,
“For he was slain for us." 3 Jesus is worthy to receive
Honor and power divine;
De, Lord, forever thine.
To bless the sacred name of him that sits upon the throne. And to adore the Lamb.
5 He speaks, and, listening to his voice,
New life the dead receive:
The humble poor believe...,