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Excerpt from Hymn Tunes: Being Further Contributions to the Hymnody of the Church
Since 1860 the character of the hymns authorized and used in the Church has greatly changed. Devout servants of God have been moved to write hymns and spiritual songs. By no means confining themselves to these old metres; hymns which have won a place amongst those in use throughout the Church wherever the English tongue is known. These hymns came not altogether, but one by one, as gifted men were moved. As they came, and were found to be useful in the public worship of the church, appropriate music was required, and so there has grown up within the past quarter of a century a number of hymn tune writers who have done what they felt moved to do to supply this want; Dykes and Smart and Hopkins and Stainer and Barnby and others. Today the best known, and the most generally sung, and the all but universally favorite hymns in use in our Church, are the new hymns, set to the new music.
It may seem presumptuous to call attention to such names in connection with the offering to the Church of the tunes contained in this little book. The only point intended to be made is this, that as these hymns from time to time came under the notice of the present writer, and not always accompanied With music suitable in itself, or suited to he capacity of the choirs under his care, he has been moved to do what he could in the way of translating devout words into devout music; and these hymn tunes are now offered to the Church for such use as they may be fitted for. As with the words of hymns, so with the music, natural selection determines much. The fittest are those that survive, and this little collection is only a further contribution to the hymnody of the church.
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publisher: Forgotten Books (May 4, 2017)
isbn: 0243415966, 978-0243415960,
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