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No. 683 BROADWAY.
BOSTON : HENRY HOYT.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868,
BY ANSON D. F. RANDOLPH, Lu the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southem
District of New York.
Taos. B, SMITH & Son, Stereotypers and Electrotyper,
84 Beekman St, N. Y.
JOHY A. GBAY,
Printer, 18 Jacob St., N. Y.
The object of the present work is to promote congregational and social singing. It is intended to be used in the church, in the lecture-room, and in the family. It is not designed to supersede books already introduced, but rather to be used in connection with them ; yet its contents are sufficiently varied and full to meet the wants of congregations that have not been previously supplied, or that desire a change. Great care has been exercised to avoid adding to the endless variety of readings which unhappily prevail in the current Psalmody. The selection of Psalms and Hymns has been made with much study and labor. Those which have already secured a hold upon the affections of the church have been carefully gathered ; and numerous additions from recent sources, it is thought, will add greatly to the value of the work. The variety of topics is ample and rich. The hymns could not be arranged according to their subjects, without neglecting the imperative claims of musical adaptation. The number and character of indices will obviate the apparent inconve
nience of such an arrangement. Much labor has been bestowed upon the Index of Subjects, which will be found specially copious and available.
In the selection of the music, the aim has been to avoid extremes, and to secure adaptation, variety, and availability. Large numbers in our congregations can read plain music at sight, and will gladly join in the exercises of praise if the tunes are before them. A choir is needed to lead the congregation. It is desirable that during the winter months, the congregation should have occasional rehearsals, with such instruction as they shall seem to require. That the work may be useful in promoting the spirit of praise in the church, and in the home circle, is the earnest hope of