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HE Editor desires to express his warm sense of indebtedness to the
many authors who will find their hymns included in this collection, but in especial measure to the Rt. Rev. Arthur Cleveland Coxe, D. D., LL. D., the Rev. John W. Chadwick, the Rev. John F. Genung, Ph. D., the Rev. Washington Gladden, D. D., the
Hon. John Hay, Col. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, M. D., LL. D., Miss Mary A. Lathbury, Thomas Mackellar, Ph. D., the Rev. Frank Mason North, the Rev. Edwin P. Parker, D. D., Mrs. Frances A. Percy, Rossiter W. Raymond, Ph.D., the Rev. Minot J. Savage, the Rev. Samuel Francis Smith, D. D., and the Hon. Stephen V. White, for their cordial consent to the use of their hymns and translations; and to the Rev. Charles Seymour Robinson, D. D., who has kindly permitted the use of his selection and revision of verses from Miss Winkworth which constitutes in this hymnal the 398th hymn.
The Editor desires also to thank the following owners of copyrights for permission to use copyrighted hymns: Messrs. D. Appleton and Co. for the hymns of William Cullen Bryant, including hymn 614 ; the Rev. Morton Dexter for hymn 489, by the late Rev. Henry Martyn Dexter, D. D.; Messrs. E. P. Dutton and Co. for the carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” by the late Rt. Rev. Phillips Brooks; the Rev. George L. Prentiss for hymn 623, by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss; the Rev. John H. Vincent, D. D. for the hymns of Miss Mary A. Lathbury; and Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin and Co. for the hymns of Oliver Wendell Holmes, M. D., LL.D., of the late Rev. Samuel Longfellow, and of hymns 271, 289, 376, and 386, selected from the works of John Greenleaf Whittier. In the first of these selections, slight alterations have been introduced, with the permission of the Publishers, as an unavoidable consequence of its abridgment from the poem “Our Master." The same House has kindly assented to the use of the 153d hymn, which has been revised and adapted for singing by the Rev. Stopford A. Brooke from the work of Mr. Whittier.
Among the many composers of tunes to whom the Editor is greatly indebted, especial acknowledgment is due to Uzziah C. Burnap, Esq., for tune 388 ; to Mrs. Marion Christopher for 636; John H. Cornell, Esq., for the use of tunes 187 and 579 ; W. Howard Doane, Mus. Doc., for 623; John H. Gower, Mus. Doc., for 192 and for 479, the latter with his permission adapted from its original form to a hymn of a
slightly different metre ; the Rev. John S. B. Hodges for 499 ; Gen. Horatio C. King for 141 ; the Rev. Robert Lowry, D. D., for 595 ; Hubert P. Main, Esq., for 618; the Rev. R. DeWitt Mallary for 616; A. H. Messiter, Mus. Doc., for 124; Horatio R. Palmer, Mus. Doc., for 634 ; the Rev. Edwin P. Parker, D. D., for 626; Frank L. Sealy, Esq., for 601 ; George C. Stebbins, Esq., for 55; George F. Root, Mus. Doc., for 399 and 632 ; Richard Storrs Willis, Esq., for 166, 525, and 624; Samuel A. Ward, Esq., for 469; and Henry Stephen Cutler, Mus. Doc., and S. B. Whitney, Esq., for their cordial assent to the use of tunes composed by them but of which the copyright is in other hands.
To the following proprietors of tunes, the Editor is indebted for the free use of copyright material : Messrs. Biglow and Main for the tune “ Olive's Brow;" George F. Chickering, Esq., for the tunes of the late John H. Willcox, Mus. Doc.; Mrs. F. G. Ilsley for the tunes of the late F. G. Ilsley, Esq.; the Rev. J. Ireland Tucker, D.D., for the tune “Twilight," by the late Rev. John Henry Hopkins, S. T. D., D. D., for the Rev. Dr. John Bacchus Dykes' setting to “Rock of Ages," and for tune 356, by Henry Stephen Cutler, Mus. Doc.; and the Rt. Rev. John H. Vincent, D. D., for the tune 617, by the late William F. Sherwin, Esq.
For the suggestion of foreign tunes which are comparatively unknown in this country, the Editor is especially indebted to John Burkey, Esq., for the Dutch tune “ Evensong;” and to the Rev. Howard S. Bliss for the Syrian air which in this volume is somewhat abridged from its original Syrian form and appears under the name “ Beyrout.” By special arrangement, permission has been obtained from the Oliver Ditson Co. to publish the tunes “Serenity” and “ Omega.” The tunes by Ernest Hamlin Abbott, Esq., John Hyatt Brewer, Esq., George W. Chadwick, Esq., H. M. Dunham, Esq., Arthur Foote, Esq., Miss Ella M. Foster, Ernest Hiler, Esq., H. H. Huss, Esq., W. H. Neidlinger, Esq., Ethelbert Nevin, Esq., Sumner Salter, Esq., Robert Thallon, Esq., and R. Huntington Woodman, Esq., appearing in the Hymnal, have been obtained by purchase from the composers. These tunes, together with the tunes of Charles H. Morse, Mus. Bac., are here published for the first time, and with but one exception were written expressly for this book.
Should copyrighted property appear in the Hymnal without due acknowledgment, the fact will be attributed, the Editor trusts, to accident and not to intention, great care having been taken to avoid any questionable liberty in the use of either hymns or tunes.
HE Puritans brought with them from the Old World in 1620
a manual of psalmody known as “Ainsworth's Version of the Psalms," which was speedily followed by the “Bay Psalm-Book,” composed by the clergy of the colonies. These books contained only versions of the Hebrew psalms,
slightly changed in form to adapt them to singing. A single stanza from the Twenty-Third Psalm may suffice to illustrate the literary method :
"] The Lord to me a Shepherd is,
Want therefore shall not I;
Doth cause me down to lie."
Some of the more vigorous Puritans questioned the lawfulness of singing psalms “in Meeter devised by men.” To meet this difficulty, at a little later date a version was prepared without metrical form, the psalter being divided, however, into bars of such length as to make their use with psalmtunes possible, thus:
- Many there be who ever are || saying unto my Soul, | There's no Salvation to be had || for him in God at all.”
Grave questions arose in the churches also as to the methods of singing. “Some believed,” says Mr. George Hood, to whose monograph on the “ History of Music in New England” we are indebted for these facts, “ that Christians should not sing at all, but only praise God with the heart.” Others believed it right to sing, but thought it wrong to sing the psalms of David. Some believed it wrong for any but Christians to sing; and others thought one only should sing, while the assembly should join in silence, and respond " Amen.” The people were rarely supplied with the psalm-books. The clerk or a deacon read the psalm one line at a time, and when the congregation had sung that line, the second one was read. Dr. Isaac Watts was one of the leaders in the reformation which, after hot discussion and much opposition, finally resulted in the abandonment of this practice of
" lining-out.” He naively complains, in the Introduction to his Hymn-Book, that “ though the author has done what he could to make the sense complete in every line or two, yet inconveniences will always attend this unhappy manner of singing.” But it was not finally discarded without some serious church quarrels. Instances are narrated in which the conservative clerk or deacon insisted, despite the vote of the church, in lining out the hymn according to the good old way, and abandoned the practice only when his voice was drowned out by the choir, who refused to wait for the reading of the second line.
For many years the singing was done wholly by rote. Certain tunes became traditions in the churches, and were handed down from generation to generation. The first printing of music in the colonies was done, according to Mr. Hood, in 1690-98. A few tunes were selected for psalms of a certain specified character; thus, Oxford Tune, Litchfield Tune, and Low Dutch Tune were appointed for psalms consolatory; St. David's Tune and Martyr's Tune for psalms of praise and thanksgiving. But it was not until the introduction of choirs had begun to supersede the practice of lining-out, in the latter part of the eighteenth century, that there was any considerable demand for tune-books, which then began to appear in great numbers. With the choir came the singing-school, — which in the New England village became the standard evening recreation, - and with the singing-school a constantly widening circle of men and women who could sing more or less accurately and effectively from note.
Thus very gradually was the way prepared for that sudden accession of musical life in New England, and in all the churches of the Puritan faith and order, due to the influence of Lowell Mason. He may almost be called the first popular musical instructor in America. He was the first to systematize and organize the before spasmodic and accidental singingschools; he called into existence the musical institute; he introduced to Puritan households family singing of glees as well as of psalms and hymns; he made singing a feature of both the public and private schools; he harmonized in simple forms Continental music, and at once created a demand for a new kind of choir book, and supplied the demand which he had created. His “ Handel and Haydn Collection of Church Music,” published in 1821, first gave to the American people some of those simpler, but always effective, church tunes which they will never willingly lose. But singing in church was still rendered by a choir; a few in the congregation timidly added their voices if the tunes were familiar, or yet more timidly
Even as late as 1869, the Editor heard hymns similarly lined out, a stanza at a time, in the great “ Tabernacle” of the late Charles H. Spurgeon.
followed the choir if the tunes were new. But in every congregation there was an increasing number who could both read music and sing it as well as the favored members of the choir. That they should be given the music books and encouraged to sing, was inevitably the next step in the evolution of church music. Such books were prepared for the prayer-meeting, in which there was never a choir, or used for revival services, in which the general emotion was too strong and deep to content itself without vocal expression. Songs of Zion," “ The Christian Lyre," and “ Christian Songs," and probably others less known, were used for this purpose. But they rarely, if ever, got beyond the confines of the prayer-meeting or the revival service.
Such was the musical condition of the congregations in the United States when, in 1847, Henry Ward Beecher came to Brooklyn to accept the pastorate of the recently organized Plymouth Church. The lining-out had long since been abandoned. Every church had its volunteer choir. The singing-school was in its best estate. Musical institutes were held in the winter in the greater part of New England. Lowell Mason and his pupils, eminent among them George F. Root and George James Webb, had by their musical compositions done much to popularize sacred music. The revival spirit, caught from the Methodists, had aroused in the before unemotive churches of the Puritans an emotional life which demanded
The people were prepared for the next forward movement, which was introduced by Mr. Beecher. He was no musician, but he loved music; he appreciated its value in harmonizing the congregation, and opening the sympathies to receive the minister's message; and he thoroughly believed in cultivating the emotions, and giving them an opportunity for expression. The conductor of music in Plymouth Church was a Mr. Darius · E. Jones, who had a connection with the publishing house of Mason Brothers, sons of Lowell Mason Mr. Beecher proposed to Mr. Jones to prepare a hymn and tune-book for the use of the congregation in church services, obtained a guarantee for the plates, and secured the co-operation of the publishers. “ Temple Melodies” was the result. Though Mr. Beecher was the father of the enterprise, the book did not satisfy his ideal. Its success inspired him with the ambition for a larger undertaking; and he began the preparation of “ Plymouth Collection.” There was, however, so little faith in the possible success of any tune-book for congregational use that no publisher could be found to undertake the venture on his own account. Two members of Plymouth congregation agreed to furnish the money for the book, and on this agreement it was published, in 1855.
Nothing like this collection had up to that time been seen or even dreamed of. There lingered even then in Puritan churches some remnant