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Hymnal of the Church
REVISED AND ENLARGED
AS ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE
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EDITED BY THE
REV. JAMES H. DARLINGTON, D.D.
RECTOR OF CHRIST CHURCH, BEDFORD AVENUE, BROOKLYN, N. Y.
2 AND 3 BIBLE HOUSE
HARVARD COLI EGE LIBRARY
FROM THE ESTATE OF
MAY 24, 1939
COPYRIGHT, 1889, BY
COPYRIGHT, 1897, BY
Eng. b P967 ( 1892 1897
Let all the people praise thee, O God,
While the musical editions of tlie Hymnal now in use are excellent, it has seemed to the editor and to 'many actively engaged in the work of the Church that an edition of much smaller size and weight, with generally but one tune to a hymn, and with a selection of tunes of simpler character and smaller compass, would be gladly welcomed by those who believe in congregational singing. The English Church has found the smaller édition of “Hymns Ancient and Modern,” not only popular with all classes, but of great service in spreading a knowledge of the best Church music among both rural and city populations. Though very cheap in price, and so found in the homes and hands of the poor as well as the rich, its music was not at all cheap or trashy. It was felt that the Church in this country needed such a book, but one which would contain the best American, as well as English tunes, or those taken from Italian, French, or German sources. Our nation is a composite one “ of all tribes and languages,” and the music which is to voice the praises of its people heavenward must be drawn from the hymnaries of all nations. It must be thoroughly Catholic in its tolerance of schools of musical composition.
Moreover, the aged like old tụnes, the young like new ones. There must be some of each, but no familiar hymn should ever be divorced from the tune to which it is indissolubly joined in the popular mind. The tune may be used to other words if need be, but not the words without the expected tune.
The small size will allow the book in the pew racks without displacing the prayer-book. It will be more easily carried by boy choristers. It will last longer without breaking in the back. It will easily slip inside an overcoat pocket. It will be more generally used in Sunday-schools.
As probably many of our smaller and mission churches will find it impossible for financial reasons to supply themselves with special service books, it will be seen that this book contains an unusually large selection of chants to be sung with the Morning and Evening Canticles and Occasional Anthems.