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HYMNAL WITH TUNES.
The Committee appointed by order of the last General Conference to revise the Hymn Book, was also empowered “to prepare a suitable Hymn and Tune Book for the use of the Church;" and this book is presented as the result of its labor. The accepted doctrine of the Church is, that “every person in the congregation ought to sing, not one in ten only." To aid in securing such a consummation has been the prime purpose in the mind of the Committee. It has also been a special aim to prepare a book which would so commend itself to the whole Church as to secure uniformity of use in all our congregations, thus becoming a strong additional bond of union as well as a powerful stimulus in worship. Such a book is quite as much needed as a book of hymns alone.
This book has a superiority over our previous works of this kind in its exact agreement with the Hymnal in the order and consecutive number. ing of the hymns. The preservation of this identity has greatly increased the difficulty of adapting all the hymns to suitable tunes. To accomplish this properly, without unduly increasing the size and expense of the book, was not an easy problem; yet it is believed that very few hymns will be found without their appropriate tunes on their own or on opposite pages. In the few instances where this has not been practicable, a familiar tune is suggested, with its page, at the head of the hymn.
The tunes have been taken from the best sources of our own and other countries. They have been selected from a great multitude, and from a great variety of authors, and almost wholly with a view to their availability for congregational use. They are not mere scientific harmonies, but harmonized melodies. Most of them have been tested by long usage, and have become indispensable for popular use. Those that are relatively new will prove, it is believed, as acceptable and popular as the old. The variety is very broad, and yet the music is mainly of a solid, enduring kind. Wherever pages that face each other contain hymns of
the same meter it has been the aim to adapt them to one old tune and one less familiar. The number of tunes for particular meters will be found very large, and their character especially excellent Of the few lighter tunes in the book, it is sufficient to say that they are married to their hymns and cannot well be divorced. The dozen or more of old and fugue tunes that follow the doxologies will be a gratification to many who still enjoy the ancient melodies. The chants, though not numerous, are those very generally used by the universal Church; and it is hoped that they may become more popular and useful among us.
The Committee has been assisted in the preparation of this book by Dr. Eben Tourjée, of Boston, and Mr. Joseph P. Holbrook, of New York, as special musical editors. These names are a sufficient guaranty that the musical department of the work has been done in the best possible manner.
We offer a few suggestions for congregational singing :
Let all provide themselves with books. Every singer should have a book to himself.
Let all sing; generally the melody of the tune.
The minister must take and express deep and constant interest in congregational singing; otherwise it will be a failure.
The chorister must do the same.
There should be a choir or a precentor, and an organ, if possible, to lead the people. The best arrangement is to have the choir and organ in front of the congregation.
Frequent gatherings of the congregation in praise-meetings, and for instruction and practice in learning new tunes, are very desirable. For the sake of variety and freshness, the pastor and chorister should make persistent efforts to encouisge the congregation to learn new tunes. The book should be the standard book of the Sunday-school, and should be constantly used in the social meeting as well as in the congregation.
In the hope that the work may stimulate all the people to sing in all the services of the sanctuary, and may contribute somewhat to the spiritvality of divine worship through the power of sacred song upon the heart, it is respectfully submitted to the kindly judgment of the Church.
Exultant praise to the Redeemer. 1 O FOR a thousand tongues, to sing
My great Redeemer's praise ; The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!
Assist me to proclaim,
The honors of thy name.
That bids our sorrows cease ; 'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life, and health, and peace.
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood availed for me.
New life the dead receive ;
The humble poor believe.
6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
With angels round the throne;
But all their joys are one.
“ To be exalted thus !” “Worthy the Lamb!” our hearts reply,
“For he was slain for us.”
Honor and power divine ;
Be, Lord, forever thine.
To bless the sacred name
4 Soon shall we hear him say,
Ye blessed children, come !" Soon will he call us hence away,
To our eternal home. 5 There shall each raptured tongue
His endless praise proclaim; And sweeter voices tune the song
Of Moses and the Lamb.
The universal King. 1 COME, sound his praise abroad,
And hymns of glory sing: Jehovah is the sovereign God,
The universal King. 2 He formed the deeps unknown;
He gave the seas their bound; The watery worlds are all his own,
And all the solid ground. 3 Come, worship at his throne,
Come, bow before the Lord ; We are his works, and not our own ;
He formed us by his word. 4 To-day attend his voice,
Nor dare provoke his rod; Come, like the people of his choice,
And own your gracious God.
William Hammond, alt.
Praise and thanksgiving. 1 STAND up, and bless the Lord,
Ye people of his choice ; Stand up, and bless the Lord your God
With heart, and soul, and voice. 2 Though high above all praise,
Above all blessing high,
And laud, and magnify? 3 O for the living flame,
From his own altar brought,
And wing to heaven our thought !
Laao Wat 8
1 Song of Moses and the Lamb. 1 AWAKE, and sing the song
Of Moses and the Lamb ; Wake, every heart and every tongue,
To praise the Saviour's name. 2 Sing of his dying love;
Sing of his rising power; Sing how he intercedes above
For those whose sins he bore. 3 Sing on your heavenly way,
Ye ransomed sinners, sing : Sing on, rejoicing every day
In Christ, the eternal King.
4 God is our strength and song,
And his salvation ours; Then be his love in Christ proclaimed
With all our ransomed powers. 5 Stand up, and bless the Lord;
The Lord your God adore; Stand up, and bless his glorious name, Henceforth, for evermore.