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SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO CHANTING,
AND A FEW SHORT PRAYERS.
REV. ABNER W. BROWN, A.M.,
WERTHEIM AND MACINTOSH,
The present Manual is much more than a Hymn and Chant Book in the usual meaning of the name.
It contains about 332 Hymns (original and selected) and Chants, arranged according to the Collects, Catechism, and Services of the Church of England. Of these, the Chants consist of 149 short select passages of Scripture on all important subjects, printed in their natural poetry, or sentences (as in the Pytchley Hymn-book of 1843), and suitable either for chanting, or for storing the memory with truth in the very words of Scripture. References to the Scriptures appointed for the Collects are added. A few short prayers for children or schools, an explanation of some difficult words in the Bible and Prayer-book, and a few simple practical Rules for Chanting, complete the volume, which yet is offered at the usual price of such collections. The headings will all be found instructive.
The Hymns (177, besides Doxologies) are partly such as are well known, and partly simpler versions of others scarcely suited, or seldom presented, to children. Those which cannot be recognized must bear the character of original. Every hymn is believed to be the composition of a member of the Church of England. The Scripture passages will be found occasionally shortened by the omission of less prominent parts, or lengthened by the addition of corresponding verses from other places. A similar volume of simple poetry for week-day use, and
another of Psalm-tunes and Chants, form part of
This Manual embraces all the subjects in the
The Contents are arranged in the following
SOME WORDS IN THE BIBLE AND
Advent.--A coming. The coming of Christ. Christmas.-A Service for Christ. The birth
day or nativity of Jesus Christ. Circumcision.—The day when Jesus Christ,
being eight days old, was made a member of the ancient Church of God by
the Jewish sacrament of circumcision, Epiphany.—The being shewn to. The time when the Holy Child Jesus was shewn to
the wise men. Ash Wednesday.— The first day of Lent,
when people used to put ashes on their heads, like the Jews of old, as a sign of
sorrow for sin. Lent.-An old word meaning spring-time.
The forty days' fast in spring, ending at
Good Friday. Good Friday. The day when Jesus Christ
died for us, which was the greatest good
ever done for sinful man. Passion-week.--The week in which Christ