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ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by
A. S. BARNES, & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for
the Southern District of New-York.
This volume was originally suggested by the wants of the Lyons Union School; employing successively many of the juvenile, sacred, secular, and glee music books in general use, as well as occasional pieces of sheet and manuscript music, and pieces written and composed for special occasions; both teachers and pupils were made sensible of the inconvenience inseparable from referring to so many, and often inaccessible collections and manuscripts. The difficulty experienced was twofold; first, to remember in what book, piece of sheet music, or manuscript, the required song or hymn occurred; and secondly, to provide at any desired time a sufficient number of copies. The difficulty of merely recalling the melody, or even the parts, was, in most pieces, very trifling,
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