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The Magnificat

“My soul doth magnify the Lord.

S. Luke i: 46

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HYMNS WITH TUNES

COMPILED FOR THE USE OF THE

NEW CHURCH

BY

A COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL CONVENTION

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PUBLISHED BY

THE NEW-CHURCH BOARD OF PUBLICATION
No. 20 COOPER UNION, NEW YORK

1893

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THE MAGNIFICAT.

Magnificat anima mea Dominum.

S. LUKE i: 46.

PREFACE.

This volume of sacred song takes its title Magnificat from the opening words of the Song of Mary :-"My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”

These words declare the distinctive doctrine of the New Church, that JESUS CHRIST in His Divine Humanity is the one Lord, God, and Saviour of mankind; and this volume is designed for the use of those who in this faith desire to magnify and rejoice in Him.

The collection has been made by a Committee of the General Convention whose names appear below. Their object has been to obtain a very liberal supply, both of words and of music, to meet a wide range of wants and tastes, not only in public worship, but in smaller religious gatherings, in homes, and in the social circle. In making the collection, entire unanimity in taste and judgment has not been insisted upon.

While a large proportion of the material here offered is that which has happily passed into general use by Christians of all denominations, and constitutes in so far a common confession of faith and worship, there are nevertheless a considerable number of original contributions which may, in turn, it is hoped, prove to be not unworthy additions to the common treasury of Christian song.

To the collection of Hymns and Tunes in the present New-Church Book of Worship and those of the Christian Hymnal and a large number of the Hymns of the English Conference Collection, the Committee have added selections from the best of the hymnals recently published both in this country and in England; and the many kind favors which the Committee have received both from publishers and from authors and composers are hereby gratefully acknowledged. Especially do the Committee desire to express their indebtedness to the Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, Mr. George C. Stebbins, the Century Company, the Chautauqua Circle, Messrs. Roberts Brothers, Mr. O. B. Brown, and Mr. Wm. W. GILCHRIST, for the free use of valuable hymns and tunes; and to Messrs. Oliver Ditson & Company and the Biglow & Main Company for the use of tunes of which they own the copyrights; all of which will be found indicated in the indexes.

PART X, including music for the RESPONSES, SANCTUS, DOXOLOGIES and CANTICLES, has been added in response to a strongly-felt need of a larger musical provision for these parts of our stated liturgical service.

FRANK SEWALL.
JOHN WORCESTER.
S. M. WARREN.
JOHN GODDARD.
JULIAN K. SMYTH.

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Or fades my earthly bliss ? My comfort still is this, il: May Jesus Christ be praised ! : ||

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1 When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries,

May Jesus Christ be praised !
Alike at work and prayer
To Him do I repair ;

11: May Jesus Christ be praised ! : || 2 When sleep her balm denies, My silent spirit sighs,

May Jesus Christ be praised !
When evil thoughts molest,
With this I shield my breast,

1: May Jesus Christ be praised ! : ||
3 Does sadness fill my mind ?
A solace here I find,

May Jesus Christ be praised !

4 The night becomes as day, When from the heart we say,

May Jesus Christ be praised ! The powers of darkness fear, When this sweet chant they hear,

ll: May Jesus Christ be praised ! : || 5 In heaven's eternal bliss, The loveliest strain is this,

May Jesus Christ be praised !
Let earth, and sea, and sky,
From depth to height reply,
11: May Jesus Christ be praised ! : ||

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