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The symmetrical page, with its type distinct even to aged eyes; the presence of its suitable tune with each hymn; the convenient size; the careful presswork; the durable binding and the moderate cost; are subordinate but cumulative pleas for favor.
Acknowledgment is hereby made to OLIVER DITSON & Co., A. S. BARNES & Co., and others, for authority to print a number of copyright tunes. Thanks are rendered to HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & Co. for the use of two hymns by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, LL.D.; and to RAY PALMER, D.D., EDWIN F. HATFIELD, D.D., Wm. H. WALTER, D. Mus., NATHAN B. WARREN, D. Mus., S. BURT SAXTON, MAX PIUTTI, and others, for use of their hymns and tunes, and for many gracious suggestions.
We beg leave to suggest the desirability of having an active and well-trained chorus choir, and of holding stated meetings for the musical drill of the entire congregation; and we would urge a hearty interest in the book at all the firesides of the churches using it.
We submit our labor of love to all Christian people, as heartily Evangelical and Catholic; and pray Him "who inhabits the praises of Israel," that He will own and bless it to the fostering of His worship by "ALL THE PEOPLE."
M. WOOLSEY STRYKER,
HE PUBLISHERS have issued an edition of the CHURCH PRAISE BOOK in the Tonic Sol-fa notation in response to a demand that is constantly becoming more urgent. I have great pleasure in commending the book to the rapidly enlarging circle of singers who are being musically created and trained by means of the Tonic Sol-fa notation. The suggestion of the third paragraph on this page can be carried out by the Tonic Sol-fa edition to an extent that has been found impossible with the staff. The admirable variety of the musical selections, the judicious proportion of old and new, and the blending of the popular style with that of the more classical form, will, I am sure, afford a valuable element of culture in the evangelical churches of America.
THEODORE F. SEWARD.
Our Lord's Prayer.
UR Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever.
The Nicene Creed.
BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, Maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible: and in ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father: By Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made Man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the HOLY GHOST, The Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, and the Life of the world to come. Amen."
2 When the Everlasting Word,
Cradled Babe,-"Arm of the Lord,"
3 With a glad, harmonious voice,
By the Star of Bethlehem's ray;
Then again the heavenly throng,
Poured a flood of thrilling song,
Earth with Alleluias rang!
Alleluias without end. Amen.
M. Woolsey Stryker, 1880.
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JOHN HATTON, 1790.
3 If, on our daily course, our mind
4 The trivial round, the common task,
5 Only, O Lord! in Thy dear love
My God! how endless is Thy love!
2 Thou spread'st the curtains of the night, Great Guardian of my sleeping hours! Thy sovereign word restores the light,
And quickens all my drowsy powers.
3 I yield my powers to Thy command;
Isaac Watts, 1709.