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Each generation of Christians emphasizes a particular aspect of the everlasting Gospel. Our own lays the stress upon the Kingdom of God. We have been led to believe that, as the Kingdom was the burden of our Lord's message, it should be the burden of His Church's prayer and praise. This book is an attempt to furnish the Church with a hymnal in which Christian communion with God is viewed as fellowship with the Father and the Son in the establishment of the Kingdom.

The editors have sought to make a small collection of large hymns. We have carefully examined several thousand hymns which have found a place in the worship of English-speaking churches during the last two hundred years. We have respected the sacred canon of Christian experience. We have felt that the older and the more widely used a hymn is, the more suited is it to common worship, and the better adapted to manifest and to promote the unity of the Church of Christ. We have striven, however, to include only hymns which are poetically beautiful, which express a normal and healthy spiritual experience, contain no divisive theology, and are specifically Christian in religon.

The text of each hymn has been traced back, as far as we were able, to its first edition. All changes have been carefully noted. If the author has sanctioned a change, the fact is indicated by the presence of two dates following his name. We have introduced no changes into familiar hymns save in a few instances where we have restored the author's original text and substituted it for the altered form which editors have published. We have also attempted to give the correct authorship or source, and the date of the tunes.

A small selection of children's hymns has been included because, while the editors believe that children should be taught the great hymns in the Sunday School, and so trained to join in the public worship of the Church, they also believe that in the Church service a hymn should occasionally be sung, which is especially adapted to their religious experience, in order that they may feel at home in the house of God. Such hymns often help older people to turn and become as little children.

This hymnal is sent forth in the hope that it will assist the Church of to-day to praise God heartily, intelligently and sincerely, to sing with the Spirit and with the understanding hymns which utter living convictions and which consecrate those who sing them to the purpose of Jesus Christ.


AMBROSE W. VERNON. Easter, 1910.

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Index of First Lines


A charge to keep I have...

291 Calm me, my God, and keep me calm., 265
A little kingdom I possess
485 Christ for the world we sing..

A mighty fortress is our God.
147 Christ in His word draws near.

A parting hymn we sing....


Christ the Lord is risen to-day 81
A thousand years have come and gone. 44 Christ, whose glory fills the skies.. 315
A voice upon the midnight air... 63 Christian, dost thou see them..

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide. 308 Christian, seek not yet repose

According to Thy gracious word. 431 Christians, lo, the star appeareth.. 336
Across the sky the shades of night 456 City of God, how broad and far 142
Again as evening's shadow falls. 367 Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwell 435
All glory, laud, and honor
60 Come, Holy Ghost, in love...

All hail the power of Jesus' name.


Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove.. 128
All my heart this night rejoices... 48

Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, with 125
All people that on earth do dwell.. 406 Come, kingdom of our God...

All praise to Thee, my God, this night 362 Come, labor on! who dares stand idle 312
All things bright and beautiful.. 474 Come let us join with faithful souls.. 178
Am I a soldier of the cross. ...

292 Come, let us to the Lord our God... 209
And is the time approaching.

169 Come, my soul, thou must be waking.. 356
And now the wants are told
414 Come, Thou almighty King..

Angels from the realms of glory. 47

Come unto me, ye weary.

.. 208
Angels holy, high and lowly


Come ye disconsolate, where'er ye. 218
Arise, O Lord of hosts..

163 Come ye faithful, raise the strain. 87
Around the throne of God in heaven 16 Come, ye thankful people, come.

Art thou weary, art thou languid.. 213 Commit thou all thy griefs..

As the sun doth daily rise..
357 Creator Spirit, by whose aid.

As with gladness men of old.
50 Crown Him with many crowns.

Ask ye what great thing I know 79
Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep.


Day by day we magnify Thee... 487
At even, ere the sun was set..

Day is dying in the west...

At length there dawns the glorious day 182

Dear Lord and Father of mankind 263
At Thy feet, O Christ, we lay.


Dear Lord and Master mine..... 321
Awake, my soul, and with the sun.... 344
Be known to us in breaking bread
432 Each mighty power of evil...

Be with me, Lord, where'er I go. 314 Enduring Soul of all our life.

Because I knew not when my life.. 205 Eternal Father, strong to save. 467
Before Jehovah's awful throne.. 395

Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round.. 148

Before Thine awful presence, Lord.... 427 Every morning mercies new.
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme 20 Every morning the red sun.

Behold a Stranger at the door... 221
Behold us, Lord, a little space.
408 Fairest Lord Jesus

Believe not those who say..
279 Faith of our fathers, living still.

Beneath the cross of Jesus.

Father, again in Jesus' name we meet. 411
Blest be the tie that binas.

144 Father, hear Thy children's call. 219
Blow, winds of God, awake and blow.. 114 Father, hear the prayer we offer. 293
Bread of the world, in mercy broken.. 436 Father, I know that all my life. 242
Break, new-born year, on glad eyes 455 Father in heaven, who lovest all. 484
Break Thou the bread of life..

132 Father of love, our Guide and Friend. 228
Breathe on me, Breath of God.

133 Father, to Thee we look in all our.... 253
Brief life is here our portion.
193 Father, to us Thy children

Brightest and best of the sons.

51 Father, whate'er of earthly bliss. 260
By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored 445 Fierce raged the tempest.






Fight the good fight with all thy might 296 Holy Spirit, truth divine...

Fling out the banner! let it float.. 174 Hosanna to the living Lord

For all Thy saints who from their.. 152 How blessed, from the bonds of sin. 327
For the beauty of the earth..

2 How firm a foundation, ye saints 272
For thee, O dear, dear country. 194 How gentle God's commands..

Forever with the Lord...

306 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds.. 104
Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go. 318 Hushed was the evening hymn.

Forward! be our watchword..

From glory unto glory...
451 I am not worthy, holy Lord..

From Greenland's icy mountains.

167 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus. 214
From the eastern mountains.
54 I bow my forehead to the dust.

From the table now retiring.
443 I could not do without Thee.

From Thee all skill and science flow.. 181 I heard a sound of voices...

I heard the voice of Jesus say

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild...... 483 I look to Thee in every need..

Gentle Shepherd, Thou hast stilled... 449 I love, I love Thee, Lord most high. 256
Give heed, my heart, lift up thine eyes. I love Thy kingdom, Lord....

Give to the winds thy fears.... 274

I love to tell the story.

Glorious things of thee are spoken. 146 I say to all men far and near.

Go, labor on, spend and be spent.. 315 I sought the Lord, and afterward. 206
Go to dark Gethsemane..

62 I thank Thee, Lord, for strength. 342
God be with you till we meet again. 466 I think when I read that sweet story.. 477
God bless our native land..
158 (If thou but suffer God to guide)

see 233
God Himself is with us.
-407 Immortal Love, forever full..

God in the gospel of His Son..

136 Immortal Love, within whose righteous 236
God is love, by Him upholden.

In heavenly love abiding..

God is love; His mercy brightens. 27 In life's earnest morning..

God is my strong Salvation.
270 In our day of thanksgiving.

God moves in a mysterious way. 250

In the cross of Christ I glory.

God, my King, Thy might confessing.. 17

In the hour of trial..

God of our fathers, known of old.... 162 It came upon the midnight clear.

God of pity, God of grace..

402 It singeth low in every heart... 304
God of the earnest heart..

I've found a Friend..

God of the living, in whose eyes. 150

God of the morning, at whose voice. 346

Jerusalem, my happy home

God that madest earth and heaven.

Jerusalem the golden

Jesus calls us o'er the tumult.

God the All-terrible! King who..
God, the Lord, a king remaineth.

Jesus came, the heavens adoring.

God's trumpet wakes the slumbering...430

Jesus, holiest, tenderest, dearest

Jesus, I love Thy charming name. 103
Gracious Spirit, dwell with me.


Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost...

Jesus, I my cross have taken..
Jesus lives! thy terrors now.

Great God, we sing that mighty hand.. 452

Jesus, Lord of life and glory.

Guide me, 0 Thou great Jehovah..... 225

Jesus, Lover of my soul....

Jesus, loving to the end.

Hail, gladdening Light..


Jesus, name of wondrous love.. 105
Hail the day that sees Him rise.

Jesus, Saviour, pilot me...

Hail the glorious Golden City..


Jesus shall reign where'er the sun. 173
Hail to the brightness of Zion's glad.. 185 Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me.

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Jesus, the very thought of Thee.

Hail to the Sabbath day.


Jesus, these eyes have never seen. 100
Hark, hark, my soul, angelic songs 307 Jesus, Thou divine Companion... 110
Hark, my soul, it is the Lord... 202

Jesus, Thou joy of loving hearts 434
Hark, the glad sound! the Saviour 36

Jesus, to Thy table led....

Hark, the herald angels sing


Jesus, whelmed in fears unknown. 72
Hark, what means those holy voices.. 49

Jesus, where'er Thy people meet.. 396
He is gone: a cloud of light..


Joy to the world, the Lord is come... 38
He leadeth me: O blessed thought.. 481

Judge eternal, throned in splendor. 161
He that goeth forth with weeping. 294

Just as I am, without one plea...... 211
He who suns and worlds upholdeth... 282
Here, () my Lord, I see Thee face.. 440 Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace.. 137
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty.. 354 Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling 235
Holy night; peaceful night.... 468 Lead on, O King eternal...


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