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CHRISTIAN CHORALS:

A Hymn and Tune Book

FOR THE

CONGREGATION AND THE HOME.

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"LET THE PEOPLE PRAISE THEE.

CHICAGO:
J. W. HANSON,

1879.

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PREFACE.

The great defect in most Hymn and Tune Books is, that they contain many hymns and tunes that are rarely or never used, and they are, therefore, unnecessarily voluminous and expensive. This Hymnal aims to give only the hymns and tunes required for constant use. In one respect, at least, it surpasses any one we have ever met: it excludes many hymns and tunes found in most books, some of which, even in our own collections, are seldom and ought never to be, sung.

THE TUNES: in the CHRISTIAN CHORALS are One Hundred in number, and are believed to be the very best for congregational singing ever written. Every tune is within reach of the ordinary voice. The tunes are perfectly fitted to the words, -“Music married to immortal verse.” There is no scientific or merely sentimental music, but the tunes are classic, having the sanction of all churches. The tunes on opposite pages will usually fit the hymns on both pages, so that there are from four to six hymns to every tune.

THE HYMNS are about Three Hundred and Fifty in number, and are thought to be the best Three Hundred Hymns for an Universalist congregation that have ever been composed, and probably no pastor or congregation ever used a larger number out of any collection. The hymns have been selected by several pastors of great experience, and of the best taste, whose selections were carefully sifted by the compiler. In addition to this they have been compared with Phoebe Cary's “ Hymns for All Christians,” a copy of which the poet Whittier kindly examined for the compiler of this volume, and pointed out the hymns that his infallible judgment approved, all of which, with a very few exceptions, are in this volume. The reader may possibly miss a favorite or two, but he will scarcely wish the

PREFACE.

volume diminished by a single hymn. There is not a line that an Universalist cannot sing without mental reservation, and the hymns are, in no instance, poems, but always hymns. They cover every occasion, and will meet all the needs of any congregation. The CHORALS is adapted to Family Singing, and will be of great use in the Home. The purpose of the compiler has been to present a small, neat, cheap, comprehensive Hymnal, that shall be within the reach of all, and that shall meet the needs of those who worship God as an Universal Father; who regard Christ as an Universal Savior; who are looking forward to heaven as an Universal Home, and who are seeking by Christian worship to anticipate the joys of the life to come in the life that now is.

J. W. HANSON. Chicago, 1879.

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Divine Praise. Tate & Brady.

Universal Praise. Watts. Be thou, O God, exalted high;

From all that dwell below the skies, And, as thy glory fills the sky,

Let the Creator's praise arise ; So let it be on earth displayed,

Let the Creator's name be sung Till thou art here, as there obeyed.

Through every land, by every tongue.

Eternal are thy mercies, Lord ; O God, my heart is fixed—'tis bent

Eternal truth attends thy word ; Its thankful tribute to present; Thy praises sound from shore to shore, And with my heart, my voice I'll raise Till suns shall rise and set no more. To thee, my God, in songs of praise.

Doxology. [flow; Thy praises, Lord, I will resound PRAISE God, from whom all blessings To all the listening nations round; Praise him, all creatures here below; Thy mercy highest heaven transcends, Praise him above, ye heavenly throng; Thy truth beyond the clouds extends. Praise God the Father in your song.

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