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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.
147. d. 230
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