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H Y M NS:
DESIGNED AS A SUPPLEMENT TO THE “PSALMS AND HYMNS »
OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by
WILLIAM S. & ALFRED MARTIEN,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern Dis
trict of Pennsylvania.
NEARLY twenty years have elapsed since the publication of the Book of “Psalms and Hymns,” now in general use in our Church. Within this period, the Hymnology of the Church has been enriched by numerous original contributions of great merit, and by copious translations from the devotional poetry of other languages. Many of the old Greek and Latin Hymns are now for the first time made accessible to the English reader; and he is admitted into that great store-house of German Hymnology, the wealth of which is, perhaps, without a parallel.
The feeling has come to be very prevalent, that these treasures should be brought within the reach of the American Churches. Of this we have decisive evidence in the new Collections of Hymns prepared for the Congregational, the Protestant Episcopal, the Lutheran, and vo other denominations. The same demand exists in our own Communion; and is more likely to increase than diminish, since it has the sympathy of many prominent Pastors and laymen in various parts of the Church.
In the feeling here referred to, the present volume had its origin. It is not a thought of yesterday with the Compiler. A member of his family, his co-worker in this pleasant service, has been for several years engaged in collecting Hymns with a view to this object. After much deliberation, it was decided to arrange the work as a "SUPPLEMENT” to our Church Book.” The Hymns in