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am not what I was yesterday. Last night, as I was thinking of our miserable condition, I grew tired of life, and said to myself . . . I can bear this no longer, and may as well put an end to it. So I took my musket and went down yonder in a desperate state, about eleven o'clock; but as I got round the point, I heard some person singing. How bright these glorious spirits shine ;' and I remembered the old tune and the Sabbathschool where we used to sing it. I felt ashamed of being so cowardly, and said : Here is someone as badly off as myself, and yet he is not giving in. I felt, too, he had something to make him happy which I had not, but I began to hope I too might get the same happiness. I returned to my tent, and today I am resolved to seek the one thing.” “Do you know who the singer was?" asked the missionary. "No," was the reply. “ Well," said the other, “ It was 1." Tears rushed into the soldier's eyes, and handing back the half-sovereign, he said : “Never, sir, can I take it from you after what you have been the means of doing for me.”'.
A LIST OF A BEST HUNDRED HYMNS. EARLY in 1887 the Editors of The Sunday at Home invited their readers to send lists of the Hundred English Hymns which stood highest in their esteem. Nearly three thousand five hundred persons responded to the invitation; and by the majority of votes the following hundred were selected.
The first on the list, “ Rock of Ages," received 3,215 votes ; the last, “Sometimes a light surprises,'' 866. It was only to be expected that the former hymn would prove the most popular of all; but the three next to it each received about 3,000 votes, - '" Abide with me," “ Jesu, Lover of my soul,” and “Just as I am.” HYMN.
AUTHOR 1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me....: Toplady. 2. Abide with ine ; fast falls the eventide . Lyte. Jesu! Lover of my soul . . .
C. Wesley. 4. Just as I am, without one plea . . . . C. Elliott,
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 7. Newton. 6. My God and Father, while I stray . . C. Elliott.
Nearer, my God, to Thee . . . . . Mrs. Adams.
Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear.keble. 9. I heard the voice of Jesus say. ... H. Bonar.
AUTHOR. 10. Art thou weary, art thou languid ? . Stephen the Sabaite. 11. For ever with the Lord . . . . . Jas. Montgomery. 12. God moves in a mysterious way.. Cowper.
From Greenland's icy mountains . . R. Heber.
When I survey the wondrous cross . Watts. 15. Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling
gloom : . : . . . . . . . Newman. 16. Hark! the herald angels sing ... C. Wesley. 17. All praise to Thee, my God, this night T. Ken.
A few more years shall roll. ... H. Bonar. 19. O God, our help in ages past... Watts. 20. Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed Harriet Auber. 21. All hail the power of Jesu's name . E. Perronet. 22. Eternal Father ! strong to save . . W. Whiting. 23. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty Heber. 24. Guide me, o Thou Great Jehovah. W. Williams. 25. There is a fountain filled with blood . Cowper. 26. Lo, He comes with clouds descending C. Wesley. 27. At even, ere the sun was set .. H. Twells. 28. Awake! my soul, and with the sun. T. Ken. 29. Hark! my soul, it is the Lord. .. Cowper. 30. All people that on earth do dwell . . W. Kethe.
Brief life is here our portion ... Bernard of Cluny. 32. Jesus shall reign where'er the sun. . Watts.
Jesus ! the very thought of Thee . . Bernard of Clairvaux.
are swelling . . . . . . . . Faber.
O timely happy, timely wise .... 7. Keble. 54. Christians, awake : salute the happy
morn. . . . . . . . . . . Yohn Byrom.
AUTHOR. 55. Prayer is the soul's sincere delight. Fas. Montgomery. 56. Saviour, again to Thy dear name we
raise. :.. . . . . . . . . . Ellerton. The Church's one foundation ..
7. Stone. Soldiers of Christ, arise . . .
:: C. Wesley. Weary of earth and laden with my sin Rev. S. 7. Stone,
Christian, seek not yet repose ... C. Elliott. 61. O Day of rest and gladness . . . . C. Wordsworth.
Christ the Lord is risen to-day . . . C. Wesley.
comes . . . . . . . . . . Doddridge.
Come unto Me, ye weary .. W. C. Dix. 69. My faith looks up to Thee . ... Ray Palmer. 70. There is a green hill far away... Mrs. Alexander. 21. Before Jehovah's awful throne.. Watts.
O Jesus, I have promised . . . . 7. E. Bode. 73
The Son of God goes forth to war . R. Heber.
O God of Bethel, by Whose hand. , Doddridge.
. 79. The King of Love my Shepherd is. H. W. Baker.
Through all the changing scenes of life Tate and Brady. . Take my life, and let it be .
. F. R. Havergal. 82. While shepherds watched their flocks
by night . . . . . . . . . Tate.
Jesus Christ is risen to-day. .. Anon.
. C. F. Gilbert. 87. Come, Thou Fount of every blessing. R. Robinson. 88. As with gladness men of old. ... W.C. Dix.
O for a thousand tongues to sing . . C. Wesley
Sweet the moments, rich in blessing : Jas. Allen. 92. Let us, with a gladsome mind ... Milton. 93. O happy band of pilgrims ..... Dr. 7.M. Neale.
Days and moments quickly flying . . E. Caswall.
Jesus calls us o'er the tumult ... Mrs. Alexander. 96. Glorious things of Thee are spoken . 7. Newton. 97 O Lord, how happy should we be . . 7. Anstice. 98. Tell me the old, old story ..Mrs. Hankey. 99. Lord, I hear of showers of blessing · Eliz. Codner. 100. Sometines a light surprises . . . . Cowper.
These one hundred hymns were published by the Religious Tract Society in a threepenny pamphlet now out of print. The above list was sent out together with the appeal for information as to hymns that have helped. Hence in some cases, notably those of Mr. Massingham (of the Daily Chronicle), the Head Master of Marlborough College, and the Bishop of Hereford, the hymns quoted as those which helped them were, in addition to others, contained in the Sunday at Home list.
HYMNS AND THOSE WHOM THEY HAVE
HELPED. The following is a very rough and imperfect classification which I hope my readers will enable me to improve materially before the next edition. Some correspondents sent in so many hymns that had helped them that I could not quote them all. Canon Shuttleworth, for instance, mentioned a hundred, accompanying the list by the following characteristic note :
"I quite expect this list is very different from most. I hate with a holy hatred all sentimentalist maunderings, all feeble religiosities, all diseased raptures or sorrows. To help men, hymns should be manful.”
I have been compelled in this, and in similar cases, to quote only five or six hymns, giving preference to those that are different from most. Mr. Gladstone's favourite hymns may be said to be almost universal favourites, whereas each one, as a rule, bas his special hymn, and to these specially helpful hymns I wish to call attention. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.
Nearer my God, to Thee.
O God of Bethel.
Ken's Evening Hymn.
Longfellow's Psalm of Life. MR. ASQUITH.
Our God, our help in ages past.
One sweetly solemn thought comes to me o'er and o'er.
I think when I read that sweet story.
Jesu, Lover of my soul.
Now thank we all our God. - Winkworth.
And some 20 others.
Lead, kindly light.
Bishop Ken's evening hymn.
Our God, our help in ages past. The DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE.
Onward, Christian soldiers.
Come, O thou traveller unknown. - Wesley.
Ring out, wild bells. — Tennyson.
23rd Psalm - The Lord is my Shepherd.
O God of Bethel, by whose hand.
68th Psalm - Let God arise, and let His foes be scattered. DEAN OF CANTERBURY (F. W. FARRAR). Cowper, Keble, Watts, Wesley, Faber, and Montgomery have
all helped me. I can scarcely ever join in “For ever with the Lord " without
tears. Sir H. H. FOWLER, M. P.
Rock of ages.
Jesu, Lover of my soul. HARRY FURNISS.
Psalm of Life.