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BAPTIST PRAISE BOOK
HYMNS OF THE CENTURIES
REV. WILLIAM M. LAWRENCE, D. D.
AMERICAN BAPTIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY
PREFACE This Hymnal is the result of many years of experience and research of an enthusiastic student of church music.
It is published in the conviction that there is a demand among a large number of churches for a hymn book of a limited number of hymns and tunes, a book that is adapted for use in all the services of the Church and that will be welcome in the home. Such a general use is greatly to be desired and will react helpfully upon the music of the Church.
It has been the aim of the editor to select hymns that have literary merit, and that are true hymns of worship, and that voice the sentiments and aspiration of the Church of to-day, as well as to provide a collection for use by the people.
The setting of the tunes to hymns has been carefully studied with a view to using only such tunes as are melodious and churchly, and that give fitting musical expression to the spirit of the words.
As a rule, the time-honored association of words and music has been respected; and where a new setting of an old hymn is adopted, the old tune is also given.
A notable feature of this hymn book, and one we are confident the churches will appreciate, is the plan of printing all the verses (with but few exceptions) in the staff, thus making it much easier for all the people to join in the service of praise.
Attention is called to the logical arrangement of the material of the book, which will greatly facilitate its use in public worship.
Grateful acknowledgment is herewith made to the Rev. Frank S. Hunnewell for valuable critical aid in the preparation of this book.
Most hearty thanks are extended to Mr. John B. Pratt for practical advice and co-operation.
The editor also desires to extend his sincere thanks to those who have given free permission for the use of copyright hymns. To the “Continent” for hymn No. 359. To the Rev. H. L. Crain for hymn No. 353. To the Rt. Rev. William C. Doane for hymn No. 10, Messrs. E. P. Dutton & Co. for the late Bishop Brooks' hymn No. 95, Rev. Washington Gladden for No. 312, Messrs. Houghton Mifflin & Co. for the hymns of Mr. John G. Whittier, Nos. 61, 104, 179, 229, 286 and 355, and hymns of the late Rev. Samuel Longfellow, Nos. 41, 148, 153, 197, 226, 310, 329, 358, 422 and to Rev. Ernest W. Shurtleff for No. 339.
Most grateful thanks are also due to owners of copyright tunes (in many cases gratuitously given) for granting permission for their use. Acknowledgment is made by the usual notice of ownership printed under each tune.
The editor wishes to express his appreciation and gratitude to Mrs. Arthur Cottman for the tunes “Beachley,” “Dalehurst," “Eversly,” and “Mirfield.” Also to The Psalms & Hymns Trust (London) for “Evening Shadows."
Cordial thanks are also tendered for courtesies extended by Rev. W. Garett Horder, Rev. William P. Merrill, Rev. John S. B. Hodges and Mr. Charles Vincent, Mus. Doc.
Every effort has been made to ascertain the authors and owners of copyright hymns and tunes. If in any case the compiler has infringed on proprietary rights he begs to offer an apology, and will rectify any omissions in subsequent editions.