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HYMN AND TUNE BOOK
FOR USE IN
THE GENERAL CONFERENCE.
BATTLE CREEK, MICH.:
REVIEW & HERALD PUBLISHING HOUSE.
ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1886, BY THE
"GENERAL CONFERENCE ASSOCIATION OF THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS,"
IN THE OFFICE OF THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS, AT WASHINGTON.
HE importance of sacred song, as a part of the worship of GOD, has been recognized from the very beginning of the denomination in whose behalf the present work is issued. Among their earliest publications was a small collection of hymns, expressive of their faith, and breathing a spirit of consecration and devotion to GOD and his work. This was revised and republished from time to time, till some four different editions had been issued, accompanied by other smaller works.
But notwithstanding the good service done by these, it came to be generally felt that a larger work, more varied in its contents, and of broader scope-a work, in short, better suited to the present progress and development of our causee-was demanded. Accordingly at the session of the General Conference of October, 1884, a committee of five was appointed to draw up a plan of action by which the new hymn book should be prepared.
The plan suggested by this committee was that a large committee of twenty-five, located in different States, be appointed to gather material in the form of hymns and tunes, for the book, taking care to secure those which had been found to be useful, or had become favorites in any locality. The work of this committee was to pass under the supervision of a central committee of seven, who should recommend definitely what selections should be used.
This latter committee devoted considerable time to the work till the Conference session of 1885, to which they reported accordingly. Their re port being approved, a committee of five was appointed to carry into effect the plan proposed, and issue the book.
This committee was composed of GEO. I. BUTLER, URIAH SMITH, J. H. WAGGONER, A. R. HENRY, and EDWIN BARNES, who took immediate steps to perform the duty assigned them. They employed F. E. BELDEN and EDWIN BARNES as musical editors of the work, the former devoting all his