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CHIEFLY FROM SCRIPTURE,
POINTED FOR CHANTING,
ADAPTED TO THE SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR;
Public or Private Devotion.
HENRY ALFORD, M.A.
VICAR OF WYMESWOLD, LEICESTERSHIRE, AND LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
The following Hymns have been selected and partly composed in the belief that church-singing will be much improved by the more plentiful introduction of chants, as distinguished from metrical tunes. It is to chanting that we must look for the accomplishment of that which has been so much desired among us, and so seldom obtained,—true congregational singing. And this has been verified by the experience of all Clergymen who have in earnest and with pains cultivated chanting in their churches.
The Hymns for the Sundays throughout the year have, without exception, been taken from Scripture. The very few verbal deviations from the authorized text, which only occur in changing the person of the speaker, are marked by being printed in Italics.
The Hymns for holy days, and those for general use, have been taken partly from the Apocrypha, which abounds with beautiful but neglected songs of praise, and partly from modern human compositions. For the best of these last the Editor is indebted to the kindness of the Rev. R. W. Evans, from whose recent work, "A Day in the Sanctuary,” they are extracted; the others are original.
The Editor commits to the Divine blessing this humble attempt to contribute to the improvement of our Church music, praying that it may minister to the devotion of those congregations amongst whom it may (with permission) be introduced.
Easter Even, 1844.
ST. STEPHEN'S DAY.
VI. The souls of the righteous .
ST. JOHN'S DAY.
VII. Beloved, let us love one another
Wisdom iii. 1.
1 John iv. 7.
SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.
IX. Break forth into joy .
Isaiah lii. 9.