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alterations, the hymns in question have lost any of their original worth, beauty and force, it is left to intelligent christian minds to decide.

The arrangement of the hymns is in two parts, the first comprising those on the Incarnation and Redemption, arranged in the order of the Gospel narrative, or the Christian Year; the second containing General and Occasional Hymns, arranged according to their topics. In this arrangement of the hymns, as well as in their number and variety, it is believed the collection will conveniently meet the various needs of christian worship, both in the congregation and in the home-circle.

The materials of this volume have been collected from the wide range of English, German and Latin sacred poetry and harmony, both old and new. To a number of hymns of genuine excellence, endeared and familiar to us from long usage, and wedded to their quaint but pleasant old melodies, the compiler has added many beautiful modern English hymns and tunes, together with a good number of celebrated German hymns, in most cases translated in their original metres and set to their proper chorals. Versions of a number of the old Latin hymns, the favorites of many ages, have also been introduced, and these, with the German translations and chorals are, it is believed, now for the first time made accessible to singers of sacred music in this country. A number of the translations and tunes are original and have never before been published.

Chief among the sources to which the compiler is indebted, deserve to be mentioned Mr. Monk's Hymns Ancient and Modern, published by Novello, in London; The Church Psalter and Hymn Book, by Rev. William Mercer, M. A., of Sheffield, and John

Goss, Esq., Organist of St. Paul's Cathedral, London ; Dr. Neale's translations of Mediæval Hymns; Miss Catherine Winkworth’s Lyra Germanica, and Roundell Palmer's Book of. Praise. The compiler would also gratefully acknowledge his indebtedness to Dr. Lowell Mason for the use, with permission, of a number of tunes from that author's admirable collections, to Mr. O. Ditson, of Boston, for the copy-right of the tune to Hymn 166, and to Mr. Herrman Strachauer, for a number of beautiful original tunes, and for his careful revision of the musical part of the work.

May the use of this Christian Hymnal by the devout worshippers of the LORD, tend to hasten the time when the LORD shall be King over all the earth, and there shall be one LORD and His name one.” (Zech. xiv: 9.)

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YLEEPERS wake, a voice is calling,
It is the watchman's voice upon thy walls

O City of Jerusalem !
Lo! he cries the hour of midnight,
The voice is gone out into all the world,--

Where are ye Servants of the Lord !
For lo! the Bridegroom comes;
Arise and take your lamps ! Alleluia!
Awake, his kingdom is at hand;
Go forth, go forth to meet your Lord !

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ARK the glad sound! the Saviour comes,

The Saviour promised long:
Let every heart prepare a throne,

And every voice a song.

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2 He comes, the prisoners to release,

In Satan's bondage held;
The gates of brass before him burst,

The iron fetters yield.

3 He comes, the broken hearts to bind,

The bleeding souls to cure,
And with the treasure of his grace

To bless the humble poor.

4 Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thine Advent shall proclaim;
And heaven's eternal arches ring
With thy beloved Name.

IV.

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