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THE PRAISE BOOK

FOR

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES,
CHURCH PRAYER MEETINGS,

· SUNDAY SCHOOLS

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Note: In addition to the many pieces which have been copyrighted separately
this volume contains much original matter which is covered by the general
copyright of the book and must not be reprinted without permission.

PREFACE

T VERY new enterprise is apt to create or discover a demand for another.

The popularity of the Endeavor Hymnal proved that the young people were ready for a class of hymns decidedly better than those in common use. It also disclosed the need of another book that should meet more fully the requirements of the church prayer meeting and the Sunday school as well as those of the young people's meeting. This need it is the purpose of The PRAISE Book to supply. More than this, the collection is so comprehensive in character that where churches can have but a single hymn book for all' purposes, THE PRAISE Book will be found especially serviceable. Here are the best hymns of all classes : the standard hymns of the church, imperishable and inspiring; the choicest of the gospel hymns, evangelistic and familiar; the rich treasures of devotional hymnology, worshipful and reverential; the classics of the Sunday school, songs of the children; and a large number of new pieces that will sing their way surely and speedily into the hearts of old and young. In combined variety and excellence, it is believed that THE PRAISE Book creates a new class of its own.

Every piece selected has been put to this double test: Is it singable, and is it worth singing? There are some excellent hymns that will never be popular; and there are too many pieces of music, improperly called hymns, that may be popular, but have no rightful place in a book of worship. The editors of THE PRAISE Book are well aware that tastes differ in regard to hymns as in all other matters, and lay no claim to infallible judgment; but they are satisfied that while all the hymns in this book will not be equally liked by everybody, all of them can and will be sung by somebody, and all of them measure up to the standard of good music and true sentiment.

The editors gratefully acknowledge the many favors received from authors of hymns, publishers of hymn books, and holders of copyright. Without their coöperation, which has been most cordial, it would have been impossible to give this collection its completeness. ! Hymns mean much to the church services and to the individual Christian life. They may easily make or mar the spirit of worship. May these hymns inspire many to deeper reverence, to higher spiritual ideals, to nobler living, and to larger service.

HOWARD B. GROSE

GEORGE B. GRAFF Boston, July 1, 1906

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The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. . Surely the Lord is in this place. This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker: For he is our God,

And we are the people of his pasture, and the flock of his hand.

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his kindness endureth for ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and to be had in reverence of all that call upon him.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name.

For the Lord is good; his kindness endureth for ever, and his faithfulness unto all generations.

I was glad when they said unto me, Come, let us go into the house of the Lord.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most High.

O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day.

I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will be glad and rejoice in thee; I will sing praise to thy name, O thou Most High.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Unison Ascription of Praise
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: i.
The whole earth is full of his glory.
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty,
Who was and who is and who is to come.
Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God,
To receive the glory and the honor and the power:
For thou didst create all things,
And because of thy will they were, and were created.
Great and marvellous are thy works, O Lord God;
Righteous and true are thy ways, thou King of the ages.
Who shall not fear, O Lord, and glorify thy name?
· For thou only art holy;

For all the nations shall come and worship before thee;
For thy righteous acts have been made manifest.
Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving,

And honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

for the Offering

Freely ye have received, freely give.

Let every man give according as he hath purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.

He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;
And he that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. · Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men. - He that giveth, let him do it with liberality; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Give unto the Most High according as he hath enriched thee, and, as thou hast gotten, give with a generous hand.

All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

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