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REVISED BY THE COMMITTEE OF PÚBLICATION OF

THE AYERICAN SUXBAY-SCHOOL UNIÓN

Philadelphia:
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION,

No. 146 CHESTNUT STREET.

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ENTERED according to the Art of Congress, in the year 1825, by PAUL BECK: Jr. Tiseasurer, in trusi for the American Sunday school wion, in the Clerk's (ffice of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PREFACE.

NFIELD

The inquiry has often been made, why a col lection of hymns is not published sufficiently extensive to supply the wants of Sunday schools. It is said, that the little hymn book in common use was very well at the commence

ment of the Sunday-school system, but since w monthly concerts, anniversaries, missionary

wgetings, teachers' prayer moetings, &c. &e. have become so common, a larger volume in called for, and a more extensive variety is inSupensable.

The “ New Hymn Book," as it is entitled, was an experiment, to see how far sacred music, as

science, could be introduced into Sunday. schools by connecting it with a hymn book. It was never supposed that so limited a variety of hymns as that collection contains, and many

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