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HYMN AND TUNE BOOK,
The Church and the Home.
* IN PSALMS AND AYUNS, AND SPIRITUAL BONGA, SINGING WITA GRACE IN YOUR HEARTS
TO THE LORD."
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868. by
THE AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
UNIVERSITY PRESS : JOHN WILSON & SON,
THE leading aim of this work is to aid in congregational singing.
It is well known that books on a similar plan have already come into general use in other denominations, and have been found to be of great advantage in increasing the interest of public worship; and a desire for a hymn and tune book expressly adapted to our wants and tastes has been growing more and more urgent, till it seemed a clear case both of duty and interest for the Association to assume the task of meeting it.
The book is not the expression of any hostility to choir music. On the contrary, it has been desired to make it, as far as possible, an acceptable collection of the most approved music for choir use; but with the hope, that it will promote a happy and successful union of choir and congregation, in at least a part of this pleasant portion of religious service.
Even if we had been possessed of a collection of hymns generally recognized as a denominational standard, the nature of this work would have compelled an entire re-arrangement.
In the absence of any such generally received collection, it seemed obviously best to make a new one, with more attention to the fitness of words for musical use than is generally given when only hymns are thought of.
With this reference to musical use as the foremost consideration, an endeavor has been made to bring together a collection of hymns