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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the yesr 1856, by JEREMIAH DAY, BENNET TYLER, ELEAZAR T. FITCH, JOEL HAWES, AND LEONARD
BACON, IN TRUST FOR THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT,
In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Connecticut.
N.B.-A large part of the music in this book is protected by copyright, some of the tunes appearing now for the first time in print, and others being inserted by a business arrangement with the proprietors, or by the courteous permission of those interested in them.
Tunes on which a copyright is claimed, are distinguished in the Index by an asterisk.
The thanks of the General Association are due to the following gentlemen for the use of their copyright tunes, or for other assistance in the preparation of the book :
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DR. LOWELL Mason,
VR. E. IVES, JR.,
THOMAS R. SMITH,
In obedience to a prevalent and increasing demand for aids in congregational singing, gev. eral books have recently been published, which furnish to Christian congregations a body of Psalms and Hymns, in connection with suitable music. Without any disparagement of the merits of these collections, it is manifest that the introduction of them into the churches using the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut is attended with the following disadvantages ; first, that it throws upon such churches the expense of an entire change in their books of worship; and, secondly, that it interrupts that growing unanimity among the churches in the use of the same book of Psalms and Hymns, which was a chief object with the General Association in the preparation and publication of their book of Psalmody.
It was accordingly decided by the Association, at their meeting in Middletown, in 1856, on the recommendation of the undersigned, Trustees of the Copyright of the book of Psalms and Hymns, to authorize the following edition of that book, and to commend it to the churches. The labor of preparing it has been performed by Mr. Leonard W. Bacon, a candidate for the ministry, who has been assisted by wide consultation with pastors, and with persons of skill and experience in church-music. In the compilation of the tunes, (as originally in that of the Psalms and Hymns,) it has been intended “to include not only such pieces as commend themselves by their intrinsic merit, but as many as possible of those which have been endeared to evangelical believers by long familiarity, or by local and personal associations.” In the adaptation of music to poetry, existing associations between hymns and tunes have not been designedly violated; and there is reason to hope that the use of this book in our churches will be the means, not only of confirming and increasing such associations, but also of producing a better agreement among the churches in the tunes used for the singing of the congregation.
We repeat here the acknowledgments, elsewhere expressed, to those gentlemen who have generously granted the use of copyright tunes for this book, and who have otherwise assisted in its preparation; and, in commending it to the churches, we invoke upon it the blessing of the Head of the Church, that its use may be for their upbuilding in the most holy faith.