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To secure the active participation of an entire congregation in public worship, there must

1 be an abundance of books. The people's Book of Worship, then, ought to be a compact hand-book, small enough to carry and hold easily, cheap enough for everybody to buy, good enough to satisfy a high and cultivated taste, and containing within its lids everything needed for use in public worship. To meet this need this Manual has been prepared. Attention is called to some of its especial features.

1 THE HYMNS.—In a wide correspondence with représentative ministers of many States, pot one was found who used more than three hundred hymns in his work. It is probable that hardly any congregation in the country uses a larger number than this, though it may use a book containing five times as many. By a rigid process of exclusion the number in this book has been reduced to six hundred and sixty. While it is probable that some will look in vain in these pages for some old or new favorite, it is believed that this pumber is ample for all purposes of Christian worship.

The aim of the compiler has been to gather in this volume the best religious lyrics of our language. Merely didactic hymns have been excluded, being considered as having no place in the outbreathing of devout feeling. Yet it is believed that every evangelical doctrine, and every mood of Christian experience, will find its lyrical counterpart here. Here are not only old hymns, hallowed by a thousand sacred memories, but many of the best English and German hymns of recent use. Special prominence has been given to Hymns of Praise, as the title implies, and if this gives rather a jubilant tone to the book, it will not be regretted. The classification is practical rather than theological, and effort has been made to provide amply for special occasions, as Morning and Evening, Social Worship, etc. By the running index at the top of each page one can turn easily to the hymns that sing of Prayer, Invitation, Christian Activity, Children's Praise, etc.

2. THE TUNES.--Here the aim has been twofold: to have tunes that people enjoy, and will . sing gladly and heartily; and of such high character that they are worth singing, and will wear well on account of their intrinsic musical merit. A large number are, of course, old tunes, dear to the heart of the Church, and these are usually wedded by long association to old and favorite hymns. But many are comparatively new. An unusual proportion of the best tunes of English and German composers will be found here, and such writers as Dykes, Barnby, Sullivan, Calkin, Gauntlett, Stainer, and others, have been largely drawn upon. In some of these tunes the harmony will be found somewhat more difficult than common, but it can be readily mastered with a little effort on the part of organist or choir; and the melody is nearly always easy and quickly learned by a congregation. Experience shows that with practice these noble tunes rapidly become favorites, and prove to be the most elevating and inspiring Gospel songs.

3. THE CHANTS.—The Psalms and Doxologies, that for centuries have been sung in this way, are bere set to music by the best ancient and modern composers. It is hoped that they will be freely used, not only by choirs, but by whole congregations. This can be done with a little practice, and by observing the following rule :

The syllable printed in italics denotes the place of the accent. All the syllables preceding the accentuated syllable are to be recited on the pitch indicated. Sing the accentuated syllable, giving it (and the syllables after it before the bar) the time of a half note at least. All the remaining syllables of a part are to be sung to the notes, and in the time, indicated in the cadence. No pause is to be made in a part except at punctuation marks.

If a congregation be trained to recite naturally, promptly, and all together, and to take the cadence in its proper time, chanting will be found one of the most effective aids to worship

Acknowledgments are due to Dr. Ray Palmer, Dr. C. S. Robinson, Bishop A. C. Coxe, Dr. H. D. Ganse, Dr. S. F. Smith, Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others, for granting the use of their hymns, and to James R. Osgood & Co. for giving permission to use hymns of Longfellow, Whittier, and Holmes ; also to J. Zundel, for the use of his compositions from Christian Heart Songs" ; to A. S. Barnes & Co., for the use of U. C. Burnap's tunes from “Hymns of the Church"; to Biglow & Main, for the use of W. B. Bradbury's tunes ; to John Church & Co., for the use of George F. Root's tunes ; to Scribner & Co., for the use of hymns, adaptations and arrangements from hymn and tune books compiled by Dr. C. S. Robinson ; and to H. S. Cutler, Dr. E. P. Parker, J. W. Bischoff, I. D. Sankey, C. C. Converse, J. E. Gould, V. C. Taylor, and others, for permission to use their tunes.

The compiler would express his obligations to Dr. George F. Root and Dr. U. C. Burnap for valuable suggestions and assistance in the musical part of the work ; and especially to Professor F. A. Parker, of the University of Wisconsin, who has given it a critical and thorough revision as it passed through the press. May God bless the book to His service!


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