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PSALMS AND HYMNS
THE REVEREND THOMAS BAKER MORRELL, M.A.
RECTOR OF HENLEY-UPON-THAMES;
THE REVEREND WILLIAM WALSHAM HOW, M.A.
RECTOR OF WHITTINGTON, SHROPSHIRE.
APPROVED AND SANCTIONED BY THE RIGHT REVEREND THE LORD BISHOP OF ST. ASAPH.
LONDON: WHITTAKER AND CO., AVE MARIA LANE. HENLEY: C. KINCH. OSWESTRY: J. MORGAN.
A HOPE is widely felt that the time will come when the Church of England shall possess an authorized Hymnal. Meanwhile it seems well that persons who have given attention to the subject should produce the best Collections of Hymns they can, in order that the materials, from which a selection may eventually be made, may be as valuable as possible.
Of the present Collection the Compilers would say nothing, except that a great proportion of the Hymns are well known and long approved.
Concerning the arrangement a few words may be desirable.
And first as to the order of the Hymns:- The rule followed is, while carrying out the course of the Christian seasons, never to place under the heading of a special season or occasion any Hymn suitable for use at other times, but to refer to it by number instead. The inconvenience of the commoner arrangement is constantly felt, many of the best Hymns being in various Hymnals rendered practically useless by being allotted to special seasons. As an example I would refer to the Hymns appointed for the season of Lent in the 'Hymns for Public Worship,' lately published by the Society for Promoting Chris
tian Knowledge, the great majority of which are Hymns, which few clergymen or congregations would wish to confine to six weeks in the year.
Secondly, as to the Classification of the Tunes :It is thought that the mode adopted will be found very convenient, as ensuring in all cases the use of an appropriate tune, while at the same time leaving as wide a choice as possible. Where a particular tune is assigned to each Psalm and Hymn, the direction is of little use in country choirs possessing only a limited number of tunes. In the present case the least learned choir would probably know, or might easily learn, one or two tunes in each class. It may be added that the · tunes have been selected with great care, only such as are of a sound and devotional character being named.