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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.
HENRY S. COFFIN.
AMBROSE W. VERNON. Easter, 1910.
Index of First Lines
291 Calm me, my God, and keep me calm., 265
Christ the Lord is risen to-day 81
Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove.. 128
Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, with 125
292 Come, let us to the Lord our God... 209
169 Come, my soul, thou must be waking.. 356
Come unto me, ye weary.
Come ye disconsolate, where'er ye. 218
163 Come ye faithful, raise the strain. 87
Day by day we magnify Thee... 487
Dear Lord and Father of mankind 263
Dear Lord and Master mine..... 321
Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round.. 148
Father, again in Jesus' name we meet. 411
144 Father, hear Thy children's call. 219
132 Father of love, our Guide and Friend. 228
133 Father, to Thee we look in all our.... 253
51 Father, whate'er of earthly bliss. 260
2 How firm a foundation, ye saints 272
306 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds.. 104
167 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus. 214
I heard the voice of Jesus say
I love to tell the story.
62 I thank Thee, Lord, for strength. 342
136 Immortal Love, within whose righteous 236
In heavenly love abiding..
In the cross of Christ I glory.
In the hour of trial..
402 It singeth low in every heart... 304
Jerusalem, my happy home
Jerusalem the golden
Jesus, holiest, tenderest, dearest
Jesus, I love Thy charming name. 103
Jesus, Lord of life and glory.
Jesus, Lover of my soul....
Jesus, name of wondrous love.. 105
Jesus shall reign where'er the sun. 173
Jesus, these eyes have never seen. 100
Jesus, Thou joy of loving hearts 434
Jesus, to Thy table led....
Jesus, whelmed in fears unknown. 72
Jesus, where'er Thy people meet.. 396
Joy to the world, the Lord is come... 38
Judge eternal, throned in splendor. 161
Just as I am, without one plea...... 211