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HYMNS OF THE CHURCH
The Committee duly authorized by the Directors of the Universalist Publishing House to compile and prepare for publication a new hymnal, with services and chants, now offers to the constituency which called for it, this volume. Pains have been taken to present in adequate number, and with comprehensive variety, orders for divine worship, classified hymns and tunes, and responsive selections from the Holy Scriptures, adapted to the varying needs of a broad, modern church worshipping God and serving man in the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the prayer of the Committee that this work, including as it does so much of the liturgical literature, poetry and music found acceptable in the past, may serve to strengthen the religious faith, enrich the spiritual life, and quicken to greater social and missionary activity the Christian people who shall use it in public and private devotions. CHARLES CONKLIN. STEPHEN HERBERT ROBLIN. CoRNELIUS ALPHEUS PARKER.
The Compilers of “Hymns of the Church, with Services and Chants,” are grateful for efficient help, received from many sources, in the preparation of this book. They beg to acknowledge their large indebtedness to the editors of previous hymnals issued by the Universalist Publishing House: to Professor Leo R. Lewis and Reverend Charles R. Tenney, who compiled “Church Harmonies New and Old;” to Reverend Stanford Mitchell and Mrs. Mitchell, whose “Good Will Songs” and “Life Hymnal” have been used so widely and with such general satisfaction; to Mrs. L. Weston Attwood, editor of the “Sunday School Hymnal;” to Miss Grace F. White, compiler of “Praise and Thanks.” In the present volume will be found a number of excellent hymns printed in the first “Church Harmonies” but not reproduced in the later “Harmonies.” Many suggestions of value have been gained by careful examination of other successful publications of hymns. Wherever use has been made of restricted material from those volumes permission has been granted by publishers and authors. Acknowledgment must be made, too, though for obvious reasons only in a general way, to a very large number of men and women, both clerical and lay, who have responded generously to requests for advice and recommendation in regard to the contents of this hymnal. Without their numerous recommendations and candid expressions of opinion the book could not have been so comprehensive in its range. For permission to use in this volume valuable hymns and tunes, many of which are copyrighted, grateful thanks are due and are hereby extended to American Peace Society, Rev. Wm. G. Ballantine, A. S. Barnes Co., Katharine Lee Bates, Biglow & Main Co., The Century Co., The Continent, Rev. Ozora S. Davis, George H. Ellis, Edith Palmer Foote, Ginn & Co., Rev. Washington Gladden, Rev. John Haynes Holmes, Rev. Frederick L. Hosmer, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Rev. Wm. DeWitt Hyde, John Lane Co., Rev. Frank Mason North, Novello & Co., Ltd., Rev. Edwin P. Parker, Mrs. Payne Whitney, and Mrs. T. C. Williams. In the orders for public worship and ministrations for the offices of the church, extensive use has been made of Dr. C. H. Leonard’s “Book of Prayer,” not only because the services therein are intrinsically excellent but because the congregations in our constituency that employ liturgical forms of worship are accustomed to