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A BOOK OF HYMNS AND TUNES FOR
YOUNG AND OLD
Obe joyful in the Lord. Serve the Lord with gladness ;
GEORGE H. ELLIS
272 CONGRESS STREET, BOSTON
auspices of the Young People's Religious Union. It is designed, primarily, to meet the wants of the young people in our churches, who have outgrown much of the sentiment and phraseology of child-song, while not yet feeling entirely at home in the more stately and formal hymnology of the church. It is especially hoped that it may become a useful adjunct in the social religious meetings of the Young People's Religious Societies, which, under various names, are now, happily, so common in our church life.
Secondarily, it is hoped that this collection may commend itself, through its compactness and cheapness, to our churches in general, especially to young societies unable as yet to provide themselves with larger and more expensive hymnals. Congregations possessing hymn-books of an earlier issue may find it, because of its more recent compositions and poems, a welcome addition to their service of song. Another use which this work is intended to subserve is the music at week-day and social gatherings, Sunday evening parlor meetings, the home circle, out-of-door conventions, and missionary and reform work in general.
Especial attention has been given to the music. It has been the aim to select only singable tunes. Many familiar and endeared melodies which our congregations can sing have been interspersed with others,- selected chiefly from the rich treasury of English and German church song, which they ought to sing, and which a little practice will enable them to acquire and enjoy.
A second division of the book Songs of Joy and Social Duty contains some forty airs of a more lively measure, with words suitable for various occasions in the home, the social religious meeting, the convention, and missionary gathering. Much that is new will be found here, as well as old favorites. This section is a characteristic feature of the book, and will give it a wider usefulness.