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The need of a new Hymn-Book for our Sunday-Schools has been felt for some time, and the preparation of one was committed to the Connexional Sunday-School Union by the Conference. Through several causes it was not possible to issue the book earlier.
It has been the aim of the compilers to insert a large number of hymns of adoration and praise suitable for use in acts of worship. They have also included many spiritual songs which, though not directly addressed to the Most High, are well-fitted to express various religious emotions. The former class they would strongly recommend for the opening and closing of the school.
Many hymns appropriate for Anniversaries will be found in all parts of the book; and it is hoped that this will render it unnecessary to continue the practice of seeking new hymns for such occasions from very many different sources. Scholars are likely to profit most by thoroughly learning and frequently using their own hymn-book.
The compilers have great pleasure in acknowledging the extreme courtesy of writers and publishers with reference to the insertion of hymns in this collection. In several instances the authors of some of the choicest verses hold opinions widely different from those of Methodists, yet in no case have they failed to respond to the request of the compilers for permission to use their hymns, and always in the most kind and generous way. It is possible that in å very few instances the authors may not have been traced, and unwittingly use may have been made of hymns without consent; if that is so, the compilers beg the writers to accord to them their forbearance, and to give in answer to this request the permission for use that would have been asked in private correspondence had that been possible.
Especial thanks and acknowledgments are presented to the following authors and publishers for permission courteously given to insert the hymns of which they have the copyright. The Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, for Nos. 350, 477 ; the Right