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Entered a cording to act of Congress, in the year 1865, by It. M. Bishop, C. II. Gould, W. H. Lape. O. A. BURGEss and J. B. BowMAN, Trustees.
In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of Ohio.
This Hymn look is the result of an agreement between . ALEXANDER CAMPBELL–the former proprietor of the Christinn Hymn Book—and the Christian brotherhood at large, as re. presented in the American Christian Missionary Society At the annual meeting of the Society, in 1864, an overture was made by Mr. Campbell, of the copy-right of the Christian Hymn Book, to be held by certain brethren, in trust, on two conditions: 1. That a committee be mutually agreed on, by himself and the Society, to revise and enlarge the book, sr as to meet the general wishes of the brotherhood of Disciples: 2. That the profits arising from the sale of the book be given to the A. C. M. S. This overture was accepted, and the Committee of Revision was immediately appointed. That Committee, having fulfilled their task, now present the fruit of their labors to the public. It will be seen that, while the former book was made the basis of this, the work of revision and enlargement has been made as thorough as possible. Still, comparatively few hymns have been expunged. After making as complete an exploration as our time would allow, of the realms of Christian Hymnology, we were more than ever convinced of the value of the labor, judgment, and taste, displayed in the compilation of the book we have so long used and cherished. We have met with no book of equal size, that possesses equal merit. The principal changes we have made, are:-1.—A new classification of subjects--increasing the facility of reference to hymns on the various subjects of song. 2.—An unbroken series of numbers to the hymns, which, while it necessitates the abolition of the for mal distinction between Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. enables us to avoid the confusion that constantly grew out of the three series of numbers, which the former classification required
* . . . , , . . . . . . . . . . Y}, ...} i : ): . . . . . . INTRODUCTION. . . -, *, * : . . . . . . to v : s—nourof the stanzas of every hymn, for easy •eference, when any stanza is omitted in singing. 4.—An arrangement of meters, under every heading. 5.—A greatly enlarged number and variety of hymns, suited to the diversified wants of personal, social, and public devotion. We take pleasure in acknowledging our indebteiness to numerous brethren, for counsel and assistance; especially to Elder WILLIAM BAxtER, whose collected material and original sontributions have been cheerfully placed at our disposal. While we have admitted a few original hymns prepared expressly for this work, the additions have been made mostly from the old authors, or from the new resources furnished by the living authors of our own and other lands. It is believed that the work is brought fully up to the resources and demands of the present time. Knowing that in Christian families, the Hymn Book is generally the most popular book of sacred poetry, and, not seldom, the sole resource of the family in that department, we have felt the importance of a large variety of the choicest lyrical productions that our language affords. We have done what our time and means would allow, toward this end. We hope that it may minister to the comfort, strength, and purity of the Church of God; throw over many a hearthstone, and many a weary pilgrim-path, the sweet radiance of heavenly song ; and give fresh encouragement to the cultivation of all pious sentiments and emotions, alike in the closet, the family, the prayer-meeting, and the public assembly. ISAAC ERRETT, W. K. PENDLETON, w. T MooRE, T. M. ALIEN, Cincis NAT1, O., August 7, 1865. A S HAYDEN
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
1 The works and the word of God. L. M.
2 The rolling sun, the changing light, And mights and days, thy power confess;
But the blest volume thou hast writ
Reveals thy justice and thy grace.
3 Sun, moon, and stas convey thy praise
4 Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest
5 Great Sun of Righteousness! arise;
6 Thy noblest wonders here we view,