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The editors of Church Hymns and Tunes desire briefly to state their guiding intentions, in the compilation of this work.
These have been:
1. That it shall be a book of reasonable size - not a thesaurus of religious poems, but a work containing a moderate number of hymns for singing, carefully selected for their worth and beauty as expressions of Christian praise, truth, and experience.
2. That the hymns selected shall have such lyric quality as to justify for them a worthy place in the services of public worship.
3. That the tunes shall have dignity, worth, and appropriateness as music, and that their rhythmical accents shall always, as far as possible, coincide with the natural reading accents of the hymn.
4. That the best of the old and well-known hymns and tunes shall be retained.
5. That some of the best of the later and less known productions shall be included, in order that our available possessions of worthy hymns and music may be enlarged and enriched.
These are confessedly high aims, and earnest efforts have been made towards reaching them in this work. Careful thought and study have been given to a wide examination of ancient and modern hymnody with the view of bringing out of this treasure the best things, new and old. The selection includes hymns by authors belonging to almost every branch of the Christian Church.
The musical settings of the hymns, sought from all available sources of ancient melody and modern tune, have also been selected with great care, the needs of congregational singing kept constantly in view. There are many new tunes, mainly from the latest and best acknowledged leaders in English ecclesiastical music.
Much of the labor bestowed upon this work has been in directions where its success can only be recognized by thorough inspection and trial; but it is hoped and believed that appreciation will come with examination and will grow with use.
The editors desire to gratefully acknowledge their indebtedness to the friends, whose names cannot be separately mentioned, but who have rendered cordial and valuable help, and also to the many authors and composers whose hymns and tunes will be found in this collection.
Special thanks are due to those who have kindly given free permission for the use of copyright hymns to the Rt. Rev. William C. Doane, D.D. for hymn 85; Rev. Washington Gladden, D.D. for hymn 362; Mrs. John Hay for the late Hon. John Hay's hymn, 423: Miss Alice M. Longfellow for nine hymns of the late Rev. Samuel W. Longfellow; Rossiter W. Raymond, Ph.D., for hymns 535 and 616; E. P. Dutton & Co., for the late Bishop Brooks' hymn, 132; Houghton, Mifflin and Company for the hymns of Mr. John G. Whittier, 291 and 420, and of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 107 and 626; Oliver Ditson & Co. for hymn 367.
The editors would also express their deep sense of obligation to the composers and owners of copyrights who have generously permitted the free use of their copyright tunes
the Biglow and Main Co. for “ He Leadeth Me; ” Mr. Walter Caldicott for “ Civitas