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THIS Collection of Hymns is intended for the use of
I have called it "THE ENGLISH HYMN BOOK," because I have endeavoured, as far as possible, to insert only those hymns which seem to me to be in harmony with the characteristic type of English piety. The religious life of this country, in its healthiest forms, is distinguished by a certain manly simplicity very alien from the sensuous sentimentalism which has been encouraged by some recent hymn-writers; even the pathetic hymns of the Middle Ages, and the noble songs of German Protestantism, do not express very naturally the religious thought and emotion of ordinary Englishmen. Our religious life would, indeed, be greatly impoverished if we rejected the aids to devotion supplied by saints of other countries and other times; but, for myself, I am anxious to preserve the national type both of faith and feeling; and, therefore, while gratefully availing myself of translations of Greek and Latin and German hymns, when they appeared likely to enrich the worship of English Christians withoutransforming its character, I have avoided whatever seemed foreign and unfriendly to our traditions and habits.
The incessant engagements and distractions incident the pastorate of a large church, in a large town, leave n none of those protracted periods of uninterrupted quiet whi are neceesary to ensure the accuracy of a book like this. WE the brain and the eye are weary, or when one public duty only just over and another just approaching, it is certain !
proofs" will be sent to the printers with many undetected. Nor have I always had access, just at the tir wanted it, to the original texts of the hymns which I wishe insert. I should never have undertaken the task of comp a Hymn Book had any existing collection of Hymns conta what I wanted for use in my own congregation.
Congregations proposing to use this Book are requested to communicate with the Editor. Cheaper editions will be issued
should it be desired.
The task, however, ha pleasantness has been grea and kindness which I hav have had occasion to app positions-kindness and co generous and cordial, on faith and ecclesiastical pos
My grateful acknowle. DER (1), Rev. Dr. ALLON R. A. BERTRAM, Rev. I Rev. Canon BRIGHT (5) CASWALL (6), Rev. J. CH G. W. CONDER, Rev. THO Rev. E. W. EDDIS, Rev. J. H. Gill, Esq. (11), Rev. (for permission to use the Rev. NEWMAN HALL (13 ISBISTER & Co. (for perm WARING) (14), Rev. W. LARD, Rev. Dr. MONSELL
(1) Verses for Holy Sea (2) Supplemental Hym (3) Hymns Ancient an
(4) Hymns of Faith an Nisbet and Co.
(5) Hymns and Verses
(9) Devotional Verses Hymns Old and New: Long
(10) Hymns and Verses
Songs: Parker (17) Stray Leaves, by
The task, however, has been a very pleasant one.
Its pleasantness has been greatly increased by the extreme courtesy and kindness which I have received from authors, to whom I have had occasion to apply for permission to use their compositions-kindness and courtesy, which have often been most generous and cordial, on the part of those whose theological faith and ecclesiastical position are most remote from my own.
My grateful acknowledgements are due to Mrs. AlexANDER (1), Rev. Dr. ALLON (2)
, Rev. Sir HENRY BAKER (3), Rev. R. A. BERTRAM, Rev. Dr. BoNaR and Messrs. Nisbet (4), Rev. Canon BRIGHT (5)
, Rev. BALDWIN Brown, Rev. Dr. CASWALL (6), Rev. J. CHANDLER (7), Mrs. CHARLES (8)
, Rev. G. W. CONDER, Rev. THOMAS Davis(9)
, Rev. H. DOWNTON(10)
, Rev. E. W. EDDIs, Rev. H. W. Eddis, Rev. John ELLERTON, J. H. GILL, Esq. (11), Rev. S. BARING-GOULD, J. T. Hayes, Esq. (for permission to use the Hymns of the late Dr. NEALE) (12), Rev, NEWMAN HALL (13), Rev. W. WALSHAM How, Messrs. ISBISTER & Co. (for permission to use the Hymns of Miss A. L. WARING) (14)
, Rev. W. TIDD MATSON (15), Rev. J. E. Mil
NEWMAN(18), Rev. PHIPPS ONSLOW, Rev. E.H. PLUMPTRE (19),
To the late Dean ALFORD (26), and the late Sir JOHN BOWRING (27), I am also indebted for permission to use their compositions, permission which was granted in both cases with characteristic kindness.
To Dr. Bonar and his publishers, Messrs. NISBET, and to Mr. T. H. GILL, my special thanks are due. No less than 58 Hymns in the Collection are selected from Dr. BONAR'S well-known Hymns of Faith and Hope: and 39 Hymns are selected from Mr. Gill's Golden Chain of Praise. It is only justice to Mr. Gill, whose remarkable volume is
comparatively unknown, to say that I have left unused a large number of his hymns which, though perhaps less suitable for public worship, are not less beautiful than those which I have taken.
From Messrs. LONGMAN & Co., and from Messrs. BELL & DALDY, I have received permission to use the translations of Miss WINKWORTH, and the Hymns of Miss ADELAIDF. PROCTOR, on the usual terms.
I have to ask the kindly forgiveness of any authors whose hymns I have used without their permission. In one or two cases I have written for permission, and have received no answer; in other cases I have not known where to write.
LARD, Rev. Dr. MONSELL (16), C. E. MUDIE, Esq. (17), Rev.Dr.
(1) Verses for Holy Seasons: Bell and Daldy.
R. W. DALE.
Nisbet and Co.
(5) Hymns and Verses: Rivington,
(18) Verses on Various Occasions: Burns, Oates, and Co.
Hymns Old and New: Longmans,
(10) Hymns and Verses: Henry S, King and Co.
(13) Pilgrim Songs : Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
Hymns of Love and Praise: Bell and Daldy. Spiritual
hy C, E. Mudie: Macmillan,