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Being Hymns, with Tunes, for the Sundays
and Holidays of the Year
INTENDED FOR USE IN CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, AND ADAPTED FOR CATHEDRAL
AND PARISH CHURCHES GENERALLY
EDITED BY HENRY ALFORD, D.D.
DEAN OF CANTERBURY
Assisted in the Musical Part by ROBERT HAKE, M.A., Precentor, and
THOMAS EVANCE JONES, Organist, of Canterbury Cathedral
ALEXANDER STRAHAN, PUBLISHER
The rear of Praise is primarily intended for use in Canterbury Cathedral. But it has also been the wish of the Editors to adapt it to the requirements of Parish Churches generally. It is for this latter purpose that Four Hymns have been provided for each Sunday and principal Holiday, whereas Cathedral use needed but
The first of these four Hymns in every case is chosen with a view to the principal subject of the day, and is intended to serve as an Introit, i.e., to be sung
when the clergy go up to the Lord's Table for the Communion Service. At this time, it has been usual, in our Cathedral, to sing a portion of the Sanctus from the Communion Service itself: an unauthorized and negligent habit, coming down to us from days when weekly Communion was disused. The introduction of the Sanctus in this place is now simply tautological, as it occurs again during the celebration of the Holy Communion. It is proposed, therefore, to discontinue the practice, and instead of it to sing, without giving out, the Introit, or first Hymn for the day. It is presumed that in case the book is used in any Parish Churches, the same practice will probably be followed. The other three Hymns for each Sunday and principal Holiday are chosen for the most part to suit either the main or collateral subjects of the day; or if, as on some of the Sundays after Epiphany and Trinity, no subject appeared sufficiently prominent, recourse has been had to Hymns of more general import. For the use of such Churches as need more than four Hymns for each Sunday, and of those clergymen who may wish sometimes to suit particular occasions, as e.g. that of a Festival falling on a Sunday, an Index of Subjects has been appended, by means of which additional Hymns may be found in other portions of the book, suitable for the season, or for the subject of the sermon, or for the occasion required. It is intended that our second Hymn in the Cathedral should be sung
between the Prayers and the Sermon in the Afternoon Service, where now the organist plays a short voluntary. It will be ordinarily chosen from among the three remaining
Hymns for the day; or, if occasion require, from other parts of the book; and will be given out, as the anthems are.
The practice of concluding every Hymn with an “Amen ” has not been followed in this book. The tune being complete in itself, no such termination is musically required; and the sense of the concluding verse not always admitting of the addition, incongruities are frequently produced by it.
It remains that we speak of our obligations to those Hymn writers and Composers who have allowed us the use of their words and tunes, or have been good enough to write specially for us.
For permission to make use of their HYMNS, we have to thank Mrs. ALEXANDER, DEAN MILMAN, DEAN STANLEY, ARCHDEACON WORDSWORTH, DR. KENNEDY, DR. MONSELL, DR. VAUGHAN, DR. BONAR, the Revs. Sir H. W. BAKER, ABNER BROWN, H. CASWELL, J. W. HEWETT, W. W. How, PHIPPS ONSLOW.
The permission to use Hymns 124, 209, and 280, has been purchased of Messrs. LONGMAN, the proprietors of Lyra Germanica and The Chorale Book for England.
In the matter of Tunes our obligations have been many. First among them we have to acknowledge the gracious kindness of Her MAJESTY THE QUEEN, who has allowed us the use of “Gotha” (Hymn 200), the composition of the lamented PRINCE CONSORT.
The BISHOP OF ARGYLL AND THE Isles has allowed us to use the tune « Hymn on Heaven," set to Hymns 128 and 325.
The Rev. W. H. HAVERGAL has freely allowed us the use of the tunes in his Collections, and of some besides of his own composing.
The Rev. Dr. MAURICE has also freely allowed us the use of the tunes in his Choral Harmony. Of these two last-mentioned permissions we have, as our Index of Tunes will shew, largely availed ourselves.
The venerable Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge has, through its secretary the Rev. J. D. Glennie, given us like permission with regard to its Collection.
We have also to acknowledge our obligations to the Dublin Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge.
The Editors of Hymns Ancient and Modern have kindly granted us the use of the tunes “ Annue Christe” (Hymn 129), “ Dix” (Hymns 19 and 153), “ Eventide” (Hymn 318), “ Hernlein” (Hymn 29), “ Innocents” (Hymns 54,