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HYMNS OF THE
CENTURIES

EDITED BY
BENJAMIN SHEPARD

NEW YORK
THE A. S. BARNES COMPANY

1911

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE OUT OF
REV. CILI S HUTCHINS

h AY 24, {939

Copyright, 1911
BY THE A. S. BARNES COMPANY

781 S548hy

1911

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.

BENJAMIN SHEPARD.

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