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FOR THE USE OF
THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.-1 COR. xiv, 15.
PUBLISHED BY LANE & SCOTT,
JOSEPH LONGKING, PRINTER
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, BY LANE & SCOTT,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
THE Hymn Book heretofore in use among us was, in our opinion, uusurpassed. But the General Conference of 1848, judging that the volume could be improved by a careful revision, and by judiciously multiplying the number of hymns, appointed a Committee, composed of ministers and laymen, to prepare a Standard Edition of the Methodist Hymn Book. This Committee, having finished the work assigned them, submitted it to the examination of the Book Committee, and of the Editors of the Book Concern; and having been approved by them, it came before us for a final review. Our examination has been as thorough as the limited time at our disposal allowed. Although we reluctantly part with some of the familiar hymns of the old book,
* The Committee were Rev. D. Dailey, Rev. J. B. Alverson, Rev. J. Floy, Rev. D. Patten, jun., Rev. F. Merrick, Mr. R. A. West, and Mr. D. Creamer.