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HYMNS

FOR

PRIVATE USE.

SELECTED AND ARRANGED BY

ARTHUR WOLFE

FELLOW AND TUTOR OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

280.c.24.

MACMILLAN AND CO.

Cambridge:
AND 23, HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN,

London.

JONATHAN PALMER. PRINTER, CAMBRIDGE.

PREFACE.

It is hard to estimate the influence exercised by Hymns. The slave, the exile, the bed-ridden, the bereaved, have all derived comfort from the use of them. They seem to tell us that religion is a cheerful thing; that God's statutes, so far from being a burden, should rather be our

songs in the house of our pilgrimage. They meet that craving for sympathy, which is one of the deepest feelings of the human heart. We feel as we read them, that we are not alone in our joys and sorrows, our conflicts and victories. Others have had the same experience. Hymns form too, to some extent, as it were, neutral ground on which those unhappily separated as to outward communion may meet; and so tend to heal the breach which schism has made in the Body of Christ. And lastly, they supply associations with times long gone by, calling up the days of childhood and
bringing back the memory of those with
whom we were once connected, and whom
we hope hereafter to rejoin.

The present collection is intended for private
use only. Many favourites, which from their
purely personal character I felt compelled to
omit from the “Hymns for Public Worship,"
find their appropriate place here. It is hoped
that all will be found to be characterized by
good taste and freedom from doctrinal errors.

In conclusion, I have to express my thanks
to all those to whose labours I have been in-
debted in the compilation of the present col-
lection.

The names of authors, so far as I have been
able to ascertain them with any degree of
certainty, I have given in the Index. I have
also given a Table of Contents, which will, it
is hoped, facilitate reference.

A. W.

CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,

Feb. 1861.

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