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Mus492 30.4834 ha 2-42-43
1860, fam., Die Bychange of
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1833,
BY BENJAMIN H. GREENE,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
THE fondness of children for poetry, and especially that of a devotional character, is well understood, and when associated with music, was seen to be such a powerful and interesting means of religious instruction, that it could not long be overlooked. Singing, therefore, was early introduced as a part of the exercises into most of our Sunday Schools; while more recently, an effort has been made, and thus far with great success, to instruct the pupils of these schools in the simple elements of music by a new and beautiful system. But while this progress has been made in regard to the power of musical expression, there has been no corresponding improvement in our manuals of devotional sentiment. The Sunday School Hymn Books now in use, are defective, either because they are simply collections of devotional poetry, without much, if any, reference to variety of subjects, metre, or adaptation to musical purposes, or because they are tinctured with sectarian biases. It is the purpose of this collection to obviate these deficiences and objections. The Hymns have been selected with a view to their devotional and practical character, their adaptation to the ininds and wants of the young, and, in every instance, to the purposes of musical expression. A few pieces never before published, will be found in the collection; but, for the most part, they have been taken from the choicest writers of juvenile and devotional poetry; the preference having always been given to those in which the sentiment was most correct and pure, expressed with the
greatest simplicity and directness, and with the deepest glow of piety and religious feeling.