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PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION.
The history and purpose of the following Collection of Hymns and Tunes may be sufficiently set forth in a few words. It has been prepared by a Pastor; for the use, primarily, of the Church to which it is his privilege to minister, in their public and private worship of Almighty God. The book is offered to the Christian public, in the thought that what has thus been coinpiled for one congregation may, perhaps, be found acceptable and made useful in others like it.
The plan here adopted has had for its purpose the settlement, in some measure, of that annoying difference of opinion, which holds place in many quarters, concerning artistic and congregational singing. A compromise has been attempted on this point. About two-thirds of the Hymns are set to music, the remainder left free. It is proposed that in cach service two Hymns shall be given out among those accompanied with Tunes, and one among the others. This one, not occurring in any fixed place, but given at will for opening, closing, or elsewhere, the Choir are expected to adapt to any music in this Collection or out of it, at their own pleasure, and sing without interference or help. The remaining IIymns they are expected to lead the Congregation in singing to the Music which is in sight. All the people are cordially invited to take unrestrained part in this portion of Divine Worship.
In most cases, a choice of Tunes is presented. A known or old piece has been printed near a fresher or new one. It does not, therefore, follow that a Hymn is always to be sung to the Tune under which it exactly stands. Mere mechanical reasons may have forced its location there, when, perhaps, the fitter music for its sentiment will be found across on the opposite page.
The compiler presents the humble result, of what has been to him very serious labor, to his own beloved people, and to the Church at large, with unaffected pleasure, in the simple hope that it may be used by our Divine Redeemer in building up His chosen in the most holy faith ; and that it may be so accompanied by the grace of His Spirit-would that it might be even so honored !-as to be as the sound of silver bells calling those who know not our Lord to His most joyful feasts of love. So may it advance, in its own measure, the worship of our King, till our eyes shall see Him in His beauty, and behold the land that is very far off !
BROOKLYN. N. Y., March 180, 1865.
PREFACE TO NEW EDITION.
Thus much was written as an Introduction to this Hymn and Tune Book seven years ago.
During most of the intervening time, I liave been away from my own country, in Christian work over the sea. Perhaps no surprise has been to me on my return more wonderful than to find that nearly two thousand Churches were already employing, in the offices of divine worship, the Collection I had so unostentatiously issued. The distribution of upwards of two hundred thousand copies all over the land has been without even my personal observation.
Such success is unmistakable; and for so extraordinary a welcome I am truly grateful to God and to his people.
It seemed to me that the least I could do was to put the pages at once into as fresh a form as possible. The electrotype plates were quite worn with nearly a quarter of a million impressions. These I have made new from beginning to end.
Two hymns only I have ventured to add, the last on the list. The names of all the known authors have been given. Forty or more pieces of excellent music bave been inserted. These are all the changes I could make, without destroying the uniformity of the editions. In practical use, no difference will be perceived. Some pages are altered in numbers; but the Indexes follow not pages, but hymns.
A new edition has also been prepared for Chapel use; more portable, and more familiar in the selection of music. It contains six hundred hymns only. This I have been able to enrich with some of the favorite tunes, which employ choruses and refrains. The advantage of having a Manual for singing the same in general form for the Sanctuary and the Lecture-room, must be apparent to all.
Once more I commit the work of my hands to the kindness and charity of my brethren. Twenty years ago, I used to repeat to myself a little verse of Robert Burns:
“Ev'n then a wish-(I mind its power)
Will strongly heave my breast ;
Or sing a sang, at least !”
But I had no dream, when I threw together these hymns and tunes for dear old and new friends to sing, that God's good Providence was opening the way for the fulfilment of my early desire, in some measure, and would accept my work for his own people in his own worship.
.“ Peace be within thy walls, O Jerusalem, and prosperity within thy palaces ! For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee !"
CHAS. S. ROBINSON. MEMORIAL CHURCH, NEW YORK CITY, /
September 15th, 1872.
our long-ing souls as - pire, With cheer-ful lope and strong de-sire.
The dawn of thy returning day;
My thoughts, O God, ascend to thec, With cheerful hope and strong desire. While thus my carly vows I pay. 2 No more fatigue, no more distress, 2 Oh, bid this trifling world retire,
Nor sin nor death shall reach the place; And drive each carnal thought away ; No groans shall mingle with the songs Nor let me feel one vain desire
That warble from immortal tongues. One sinful thought through all the day. 3 No rude alarms of raging focs,
3 Then, to thy courts when I repair, No cares to break the long reposc, My soul shall rise on joyful wing, No midnight shade, no clouded sun, The wonders of thy love declare, But sacred, high, eternal noon.
And join the strains which angels sing. 4 O long-expected day, begin!
Phil. 4:7. EDMESTON. Dawn on these realms of woe and sin ; Fain would we leave this weary road,
SWEET is the light of Sabbath cve, And sleep in death to rest with God. And soft the sunbeams lingering there;
For these blest hours the world I leave, Eph. 3:19. Watts.
Wafted on wings of faith and prayer. Come, gracious Lord, descend and dwell, By faith and love, in every breast ;
2 The time how lovely and how still ; Then shall we know, and taste, and feel
Peace shines and smiles on all below: The joys that cannot be expressed.
The plain, the stream, the wood, the hill,
All fair with evening's setting glow. 2 Come, fill our hearts with inward strength, Make our enlargéd souls possess,
3 Season of rest! the tranquil soul And learn the height, and breadth, and ! Feels the sweet calm, and melts to love; length
And while these sacred moments roll. Of thine eternal love and grace.
Faith sees the smiling heaven above. 3 Now to the God whose power can do 4 Nor will our days of toil be long; Morethan our thoughts and wishes know, Our pilgrimage will soon be trod; Be everlasting honors done,
And we shall join the ceaseless song, By all the church, through Christ his Son. The endless Sabbath of our God.