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METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
PREFACE TO THE HYMNAL.
The General Conference of the 4. That when the Committee have Methodist Episcopal Church, on
completed their work, they shall submit
their report to the Bishops for their the thirtieth day of May, 1876,
approval, and the Bishops approving, adopted the following report: they are authorized to commend it to
the Church. The Committee on the Revision of the
16. That after the Committee aforeHymni Book have carefully considered
said shall have completed their revision the various papers referred to them,
of the Hymn Book, and their work has and respectfully report to the General
been approved by the Bishops as proConference that they are unanimously
vided for in item 4, they shall have of the opinion that a thorough revision power to prepare a suitable Hymn and of the Hymn Book now in use is imper
Tune Book for the use of the Church. atively demanded. We therefore rec
6. No compensation shall be paid to ommend
| the Committee employed in the revisal, 1. That the Board of Bishops be re.
except for actual expenses incurred. quested to appoint, as soon as practicable, a Committee of fifteen, to whom
In accordance with the foreshall be committed the work of revision. going resolution, the Bishops
2. That this Committee be selected appointed the following perwith reference to convenience of loca
sons as tion for division into three sections for working purposes.
THE COMMITTEE OF REVISION. 3. That when the work of prepara
Central Section. tory revision shall be completed by the James M. Buckley, Erastus Wentworth, several sections, the whole Committee
Richard Wheatley, John N. Brown,
Charles E. Hendrickson. shall be duly notified, and the work of each section shall be revised; and that
Eastern Section. no hymn now in use shall be excluded
Daniel A. Whedon, William Rice,
Calvin S. Harrington, George Prentice, without a vote of two thirds of the
Charles F. Allen. Committee for its rejection, and that no
Western Section hymn not now in the collection shall be
Francis D. Hemenway, Arthur Edwards, admitted without a vote of two thirds
* William Huater, Jeremiah H. Baina of the Committee in its favor.
Charles A. Payne.
APPROVAL BY THE BISHOPS hymn which the Committee has intro.
duced into the Revised Hymn Book. To the Committee appointed to revise After the Committee had made a few the Hymn Book :
changes which the Bishops suggested, · DEAR BRETHREN—The Bishops, at the following resolution was unanimoustheir late meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, ly adopted, namely:very thoroughly examined the result of Resolved, That we have thoroughly the labors of the Committee appointed examined, with great satisfaction, the under authority of the last General Con- work of the Committee appointed to ference, to revise the Hymn Book of revise the Hymn Book. We tender to the Methodist Episcopal Church. the members of that Committee our
1. They went through the entire list thanks; and believe the gratitude of of the hymns in the book now in use
the Church is due these brethren for which the Committee has excluded.
the labor they have expended, and the 2. They thoughtfully considered ev.
wisdom, taste, and good judgment they
have shown in preparing this most exery revision made in the text of the
cellent book. hymns which the Committee has re
By order, and on behalf, of the tained.
Board of Bishops, 3. They read through carefully, and WILLIAM L. HARRIS, Secretary. in many cases repeatedly, every new ! NEW YORK, June 15, 1877.
UNDER the direction of the General Conference of 1876 this revised edition of our excellent Hymn Book has been prepared. The action of the General Conference, the names of the Committee selected by the Bishops, and the judgment of the Bishops as expressed to the Committee, are herewith presented. You will note the great care which has marked every part of the work, whether in rejecting any of the hymns formerly used, or in changing their phraseology, or in the selection of those which are new. Though perfection is not claimed, yet we believe the present Hymn Book will be considered a great improvement on the preceding one.
We most cordially commend it to you as one of the choicest selections of evangelical hymns ever published; and we trust that it will increase the interest of public worship, give a higher inspiration to social and family services, and aid in private meditation and devotion. As it is published by the authority of the Church, and to meet the wants of the Church, and as the profits will be devoted to religious purposes, we do the more earnestly commend it to your liberal patronage.
We exhort you, dear brethren, to “sing with the spirit” and “with the understanding also,” “making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Your affectionate pastors in Christ,
JESSE T. PECK