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SONGS OF PILGRIMAGE.
THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST.
BY H. L. HASTINGS.
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.—Psalın cxix, 54.
This book is sufficiently large without a preface. The thoughts and suggestions which might be thus embodied are therefore reserved for separate publication. Those who examine and use this HYMNAL will understand its character. Others might not be interested in the subject. We append a few
1. When names of authors are printed in time of both birth and death ; while a date italic type, it indicates that hymns thus dis- preceeded by cir. i. e. circa, or about, indi. tinguished are known to have undergone cates that the precise date is unknown, but more or less revision since leaving their that the date given is approximateor conjectauthor's hands; the present editor having ural. Any more accurate information conseen reason to make use of the revised cerning the date or authorship of any comrather than the original form of such com- position, will be thankfully received, and positions. Doubtless other hymns, if care- preserved for future use. fully compared with the originals, would 3. The arrangement denoted by “Arr.” give evidence of like judicious revision; but includes all such alterations, additions, or in many cases what some may regard as abridgments as were deemed needful to alterations, will be found to be merely a adapt the compositions to the present purreturn to the author's original text.
pose. 2. A single date following the name of 4. Figures and second marks (“) under the an author gives the time when the composi- names of tunes, are designed to serve as a tion was written or published, or the date guide to determine the time. Thus on page when the author flourished. A number 230, the figures 60“ show that the singwith the letters b. or d. prefixed, indicates ing of the tune Holy Holy, should occupy the date of an author's birth or death; 60 seconds, or one minute, two dates, connected by a hyphen, give the
Oh, that these hymns and tunes, prepared with many years of toil and prayers and tears, may be blessed of God to the salvation of sinners and the upbuilding of saints, that at last we may sing the new song before the throne, in the everlasting kingdom of our God.
SCRIPTURAL TRACT REPOSITORY.
Boston, Mass., Aug. 19, 1886.