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W. Christophers (London : S. W. Partridge. New York: A. D. F. Randolph), entitled, Hymn-Writers and their Hymns.”

With regard to the music of this collection, the editors have endeavored to select tunes which would render congregational singing practicable, profitable, and pleasant, — avoiding the extremes of commonplace music on the one hand, and of too difficult music on the other.

To Dr. Ray Palmer, for permission to use many of his valuable hymns, and for his kindness in contributing several new and beautiful compositions for this work, thanks are most cordially rendered.

Many of the tunes in this book are the property of American authors or publishers, and are herein used by their permission. Among those from whom, by special arrangement, valuable tunes and hymns have been obtained, may be named, Messrs. Barnes & Burr, Messrs. Mason Bros., Mr. John Wiley, Mr. S. T. Gordon, Dr. Thomas Hastings, Mr. Asa Hull, Mr. George Kingsley, Mr. George F. Root, and Oliver Ditson & Co.

To those who have contributed either hymns or music to these pages, and to all who, in any way, have assisted in the preparation of this work, and more particularly to Rev. T. J. Holmes, Mr. E. P. H. Thompson, and Dudley Buck, Jr., organist of the Park Church in Hartford, the editors tender their grateful acknowledgments.

The rest of the Committee would express their own obligation to the Rev. E. P. Parker for the indefatigable zeal and energy which he has exhibited in the preparation and publication of this “ Book of Praise.” To him the churches are chiefly indebted for the completeness of this new aid to devotion.

The editors would present their completed task to the General Association of Connecticut, and to the churches of our common faith throughout the land, in the hope and prayer that it may prove a means of spiritual peace and comfort to many souls, a useful and profitable manual of devotion in the services of the sanctuary, and so an acceptable offering unto the Lord.

M. M. G. DANA,

HARTFORD, ápril, 1868

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Matt. 6: 9.


1 J Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed | be thy name ;

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. 2 Give us this our daily bread;

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. 3 S And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil ;

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

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15 GLORY be to the Father, and I to the Son,

2 And to the Holy Ghost : 2 S As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

World | without end. Amen.

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Psalm 1.

Psalm 8.

1 S BLESSED is the man that walketh not in the counsel 1 of the ungodly,

Nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat-of the scornful. 2 S But his delight is in the law of the Lord ;

And in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 ( And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth

his | fruit in his season ; His leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he | do-eth shall prosper. 4 ungodly

But like the chaff which the wind - driveth away. 5 J Therefore the ungodly shall not | stand in the judgment,

Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 ( For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous ;

But the way of the un god - ly shall perish. 3. 1 SO LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in | all the earth!

{Who hast 2 g Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength be cause

That thou mightest still the ene-my and the avenger. 3 / When I consider thy heavens, the I work of thy fingers ;

The moon and the stars | which thou hast ordained ; 4 S What is man, that thou art | mindful of him ?

And the son of man | that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower | than the angels,

And hast crowned | him with glory and honor. 6 , Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands :

Thou hast put all things beneath his feet : 7 All sheep { :

Yea, and the beasts of the field : 8 the fish And whatsoever passeth | through the paths of the seas. [9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth ! ]

NOTE. -Omit last verse in chanting, and close with the “Gloria Patri.”

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