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Hymns of The Church
NEW AND OLD
WILLIAM VAIL WILSON DAVIS, D.D.
RAYMOND CALKINS, D.D.
THE A. S. BARNES COMPANY
M 2123 137 1912
Certain principles have guided the Editors in the preparation of this Hymn Book, which seem to make for it a place of its own.
It is believed that the best results can be secured if the same hymn-book is used in all the services of the Church. Thus the music of the Church is unified, and the standard is the same, as it ought to be, throughout the Church life. This book is intended alike for the Sunday services, the daily services, and the Sunday School.
In the selection of hymns, regard has been paid especially to those hymns which voice the deeper sentiments of historic Christian experience, and large space has been accorded to hymns which center about the different aspects of the life of Christ. These must remain, as they have been from the beginning, the hymns which both voice and tend to produce the essential elements of the Christian faith. It is believed that the faith which seeks to express itself in service will find in this collection many hymns that will serve to give it utterance. Hymns which awaken the deepest sentiment of Christian gratitude will do more to quicken and to satisfy this demand, than those which seek to suggest the concrete acts of Christian endeavor.
In the arrangement of the hymns, the order of the Christian year has been included. This is in accord with the ancient custom of the Church and the habit of an increasing number of Churches which find great spiritual helpfulness in the observance of the different seasons of the Church year. This is based alike upon Holy Scripture and the deepest instincts of the human heart, and it is a powerful educational method for a Church which desires a complete faith and a positive teaching of Christian truth.
The tunes have been chosen with care to satisfy the demand for the best Church music and to promote congregational singing. So far as possible, words have been set to tunes that have become familiar by association, and tunes of the same meter have been set on opposite pages, so as to admit of a choice. The effort has been made to respect tradition, and to restore some of the old tunes that have slipped out of use, such as Stonefield, Loudon, St. Gall, Lanesboro, and old 137th. The metronome time has been carefully compared with the best English and American authorities.
This book bears throughout the imprint of the spirit of one of the editors, the late William Vail Wilson Davis, who died just as the book was nearing completion, to whom, therefore, it is in the nature of a memorial. The breadth of his culture and his deeply evangelical spirit ennobled a ministry which it is one of the aims of this book to preserve and to perpetuate.
To a few persons, the editors are so deeply indebted that the ordinary acknowledgments of aid seem wholly inadequate. Julia Wallace Redfield of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has given invaluable aid in the selection and arnotation of the music and its adaptation to the spiritual impression of the hymns, and Fannie Stearns Davis and Emily Lathrop Calkins have not so much assisted as collaborated to make the book what it is. To Harold Stearns Davis, acknowledgments are due for constant aid in the preparation of the volume, and to William Churchill Hammond of Holyoke and Mt. Holyoke College, who has kindly reviewed the music of the book and offered many valuable suggestions.
For permission to use certain hymns and tunes, acknowledgments and
To Charles Scribner's Sons, for the hymn "Rest in the Lord," by Maltbie D.
All diligence has been exercised to avoid the use without permission of any