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It is hard to estimate the influence exercised by Hymns. The slave, the exile, the bed-ridden, the bereaved, have all derived comfort from the use of them. They seem to tell us that religion is a cheerful thing; that God's statutes, so far from being a burden, should rather be our “songs in the house of our pilgrimage." They meet that craving for sympathy, which is one of the deepest feelings of the human heart.
We feel as we read them, that we are not alone in our joys and sorrows, our conflicts and victories. Others have had the same experience. Hymns form too, to some extent, as it were, neutral ground on which those unhappily separated as to outward communion may meet; and so tend to heal the breach which schism has made in the Body of Christ. And lastly, they supply associations with times long gone
by, calling up the days of childhood and
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In conclusion, I have to express my thanks
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