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COLLECTION OF HYMNS,
FOR THE USE OF
NEW YORK· PUBLISHED BY A. S. BARNES & Co.
111 & 118 WILLIAM ST.,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1885,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.
No pains have been spared in collecting materials for this work. The principal collections of Psalms and Hymns that have been published, either in America or Great Britain, have been carefully searched, and the fugitive pieces which have appeared in religious journals, or in selected poetical works of recent authors, have been made to contribute to the store.
A hymn is a lyrical discourse to the feelings. It should either excite or express feeling. The recitation of historical facts, descriptions of scenery, narrations of events, meditations, all may tend to inspire feeling. Hymns are not to be excluded, therefore, because they are deficient in lyrical form, or in feeling, if experience shows that they have power to excite pious emotions. Not many of Newton's hymns can be called poetical; yet there aro few hymns in the English language that are more useful.
We have carefully avoided a narrow adherence to our own personal taste in the selection of hymns. Scarcely any two ministers would agree in the selection of hymns. A collection should be made so large and various that every one may find in it that which he needs. Neither should one complain of the multitude of hymns useless to him. They are not useless to others. A generouslyspread table is not at fault because, in the profusion, each guest can not use every thing. Every one should have all the liberty and the means of following his own taste. Had we made this collection merely for our own use, it would not have numbered more than five hundred hymns.
Many Hymn-books have been so fastidiously made as to exclude many hymns as extravagant that were not half so extravagant as are the Psalms of David, and as is all true and deep feeling which gives itself full expression; but also those retained have been abused by corrections, so called, and tamed down from their noble fervor and careless freedom, into flat and p:ofitless propriety.
We have, as far as possible, avoided all changes, except those necessary to restore mutilated hymns to their original state. No language can well replace that which the original inspiration of the author suggested. Watts's hymns and psalms have been carefully compared with the original, and for the most part restored.
Great additions have been made to the hymns which celebrate Christ: to hymns of Christian experience, in its deeper and more tender moods; to hymns suitable for religious awakenings; and there will be found a great number of admirable pieces upon these topics, not combined in any other single collection.
Much attention has been given to the Great Humanities which the Gospel develops, whenever it is faithfully and purely preached. The hymns of Temperance, of Human Rights and Freedom, of Peace, and of Benevolence, will be found both numerous, energetic, and eminently Christian. No pains have been spared to secure a full expression to the whole religious feeling and activity of our times.
We have sought for hymns in the books of every denomination of Christians. There are certain hymns of the sacrifice of Christ, of utter and almost soul-dissolving yearning for the benefit of His mediation, which none could write so well as a devout and truly pious Roman Catholic. Some of the most touching and truly evange!ical hymns in this collection have been gathered from this
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