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NOTE BY THE AUTHORS. In giving this book to the public it is only proper to acknowledge the courtesy of Harper & Brothers, the Oliver Dilson Co., the Biglow & Main Co., the American Tract Society, Bishop Vincent, Dr. H. R. Palmer, Hubert P. Main, ard Mr. Robert Fletcher, in permitting the use of many of the selections found in it. The kindness of two physicians, Di. Rix and Dr. Chisholm, who turned aside from pressing duties to write hymns for the children, is gratefully acknowledged. Appreciative mention is due also to Mr. B. W. Williams, of Boston, for putting at our disposal many of the best selections from his Songs for the Sabbath School and Vestry. Among these is “ The Child's Prayer,” which has been sung around the world. Mr. Williams is now resting after a life of love-labor among Sabbath school children. For twenty-six years he was a superintendent, and organized a children's chorus before singing was taught in the public schools.
Courtesies on the part of the Committee, whose names are appended to the introduction, and by the publishers, who placed the resources of their extensive music department at our disposal, have been too frequent to permit of extended mention.
WORDS BY FRIENDS OF OUR YOUTH. Bur few of the hymns and tunes found in this collection are new, and even these are not presented as musical novelties. Some selections were general favorites more than a century ago, and all, we believe, are examples of dignified hymns and simple tunes suitable for use by our youth. The youngest children easily learn and greatly enjoy the well-known and ennobling compositions, both ancient and modern, if proper intelligence is used in their selection and direction.
The light and trivial jingles and ditties which flood the bookstalls trifle with the understanding and appreciation of children. They always result in a vitiated taste, and tend to exclude from our youth, particularly susceptible to their influence, hymns of the greatest educational and devotional value. The compilers of this collection have yielded too much rather than too little to current demand.
We judge that selections have been sougiit in which the melody is strong, smooth, flowing, and well harmonized. We hope that this book may aid to cultivate in the youth of the Church a taste for better music, and return to come mon use some of the grand old hymns that were sung by our fathers.
JAMES N. FITZGERALD,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIRUARYight, 1895, by Hunt & Eatox, New York.
1. Faith of our fa-thers ! liv-ing still In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; 2. Our fathers,chained in prisons dark, Were still in heart and conscience free:
of our fa-thers! we will love Both friend and foe in all our strife:
퇋 o how our hearts beat high with joy Whene’er we hear that glorious word: How sweet would be their children's fate, Ifthey, like them,could die for thee! And preach thee, too, as love knows how, By kind-ly words and virtuous life:
Faith of our fa-thers! ho - ly faith! We will be true to thee till death!
1. We're trav’ling home to heav'n a-bove, Will you go? will you go?
wea - ry, heav - y - la - den,come, Will you go? will you go? 3. The way to heav'n is straight and plain, Will you go? will you go?
We sing the Sav-iour's dy : ing love, Will you go? will you go?
will you go? Re- pent, be - lieve, be born a - gain, Will you go? will you go?
Millions have reach'd that blest abode, A-nointed kings and priests to God,
And mill-ions now are the road, Will you go? will you go? He'll give thy troubled conscience ease, Come be-lieve, come be - lieve. And thou shalt my sal - va - tion see, Come to me, come to me.