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A NEW TUNE-BOOK

the fine modern hymns for young people, Hymns for the Church. A. S. Barnes Company, examples of which are found to such profusion New York,

in the Methodist School Hymnal. We may introduce this book to our readers Apart from this blemish, Hymns for the by quoting the opening words of the preface : Church is a good and well-chosen collection of · It is believed that the best results can be hymns, most, if not all, of which have already secured if the same hymn-book is used in all proved their worth. A large number of writers the services of the Church. Then the music is represented, the chief contributors being of the Church is unified, and the standard is C. Wesley and Watts, and adequate provision the same, as it ought to be, throughout the is made for the seasons of the Christian year, Church life. This book is intended alike for and for the various phases of life and conduct. the Sunday services, the daily services, and the Great care has been expended in choosing Sunday school.'

suitable tunes for the words. The music It will thus be seen that the object of the appears to have been selected from various compilers has been to make their work cover books already in existence, and there is little, a somewhat extensive area, and the fact that if any, new work. This is, perhaps, an adthey are of opinion that six hundred hymns are vantage, for there is no doubt that, to judge sufficient for this purpose, is in striking opposi from recent samples, the power of writing a tion to the custom of most of the denominations fine original hymn-tune is temporarily in in England, who find that from seven to eight abeyance. An important and most praisehundred hymns is, perhaps, the least number worthy feature is the pitch to which most of they can do with. A notable, and regrettable, the tunes have been confined. As here set. feature in our hymn-books is the small number they will suit any ordinary range of voice, and of hymns specially adapted for the use of any note above E in the treble is the exception. children, as the following table will show : This is sure to be a great help in congregational

Set apart for singing, which, we trust, is an essential feature

Hymns. the Young. Baptist Church Hymnal

802 66

in church worship in America. The index of Congregational Church Hymnal 775

composers contains useful information, for Hymns, Ancient and Modern ..

which Miss Julia Redfield, of Pittsfield, Mass.,

638 29 Methodist Hymn-Book

989

is responsible. The responsible editors are

29 Primitive Methodist Hymnal 1,456

Drs. William V. W. Davis and Raymond Methodist Free Church Hymns 1,040

Calkins, the former of whom did not live to 33 see the work completed.

L.. There are, of course, certain hymns in other parts of the books that children may join their elders in singing with as much understanding as they do; but all the same, the proportion is wholly inadequate, and is one of the reasons for the lack of life and brightness in our congregational singing. The plan on which the book before us has been drawn up would naturally lead us to expect that a fair proportion of the 585 hymns would be specially adapted for the use of the children. On the contrary, the 'Index of Subjects 'shows that not a single one of the very numerous sections has been devoted to this. True, there is a section headed' childhood, which contains four hymns, but these are prayer-hymns, such as Shepherd of tender youth,' and 'Saviour, who Thy flock art keeping,' supposed to be sung by parents on behalf of their children, and in which they appear in the third person.

There are, of course, plenty of hymns which children sing very heartily, but this is almost entirely owing to the music. 'Onward, Christian Soldiers,' with its pseudo-militant tone and fictional third verse, is, alas ! one of the ost popular hymns in the Christian Church,

this is simply due to the way in which un and one or two other lesser lights have f) music. We look in vain for some of

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A NEW TUNE-BOOK

the fine modern hymns for young people, Hymns for the Church, A. S. Barnes Company, examples of which are found to such profusion New York.

in the Methodist School Hymnal. We may introduce this book to our readers Apart from this blemish, Hymns for the by quoting the opening words of the preface : Church is a good and well-chosen collection of ' It is believed that the best results can be hymns, most, if not all, of which have already secured if the same hymn-book is used in all proved their worth. A large number of writers the services of the Church. Then the music is represented, the chief contributors being of the Church is unified, and the standard is C. Wesley and Watts, and adequate provision the same, as it ought to be, throughout the is made for the seasons of the Christian year, Church life. This book is intended alike for and for the various phases of life and conduct. the Sunday services, the daily services, and the Great care has been expended in choosing Sunday school.'

suitable tunes for the words. The music It will thus be seen that the object of the appears to have been selected from various compilers has been to make their work cover books already in existence, and there is little, a somewhat extensive area, and the fact that

any, new work.

This is, perhaps, an adthey are of opinion that six hundred hymns are vantage, for there is no doubt that, to judge sufficient for this purpose, is in striking opposi from recent samples, the power of writing a tion to the custom of most of the denominations fine original hymn-tune is temporarily in in England, who find that from seven to eight abeyance. An important and most praisehundred hymns is, perhaps, the least number worthy feature is the pitch to which most of they can do with. A notable, and regrettable, the tunes have been confined. As here set, feature in our hymn-books is the small number they will suit any ordinary range of voice, and of hymns specially adapted for the use of any note above E in the treble is the exception. children, as the following table will show : This is sure to be a great help in congregational

Set apart for singing, which, we trust, is an essential feature

Hymns. the Young. Baptist Church Hymnal

802 66

in church worship in America. The index of Congregational Church Hymnal 775

composers contains useful information, for

40 Hymns, Ancient and Modern .. 638

which Miss Julia Redfield, of Pittsfield, Mass.,

29 Methodist Hymn-Book

29

is responsible. The responsible editors are Primitive Methodist Hymnal 1,456

Drs. William V. W. Davis and Raymond Vethodist Free Church Hymns 1,040

Calkins, the former of whom did not live to see the work completed.

L There are, of course, certain hymns in other parts of the books that children may join their elders in singing with as much understanding as they do; but all the same, the proportion is wholly inadequate, and is one of the reasons for the lack of life and brightness in our congregational singing. The plan on which the book before us has been drawn up would naturally lead us to expect that a fair proportion of the 585 hymns would be specially adapted for the use of the children. On the contrary, the 'Index of Subjects 'shows that not a single one of the very numerous sections has been devoted to this. True, there is a section headed' childhood,' which contains four hymns, but these are prayer-hymns, such as 'Shepherd of tender youth,' and 'Saviour, who Thy flock art keeping,' supposed to be sung by parents on behalf of their children, and in which they appear in the third person.

There are, of course, plenty of hymns which children sing very heartily, but this is almost entirely owing to the music. “Onward, Christian Soldiers,' with its pseudo-militant tone and fictional third verse, is, alas ! one of the most popular hymns in the Christian Church,

this is simply due to the way in which in and one or two other lesser lights have

) music. We look in vain for some of

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