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HYMNS AND CHOIRS:
THE MATTER AND THE MANNER
Service of Song in the House of the Lord.
AUSTIN PHELPS AND EDWARDS A. PARK,
PROFESSORS AT ANDOVER,
AND DANIEL L. FURBER,
PASTOR AT NEWTON.
WARREN F. DRAPER.
BOSTON GOULD AND LINCOLN; CROSBY, NICHOLS, LEE & CO.
NEW YORK: JOHN WILEY.
PHILADELPHIA: SMITH, ENGLISH & CO.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by
WARREN F. DRAPER,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
ELECTROTYPED AND PRINTED
Recat. 05-24-37 J.A.
THE principles of hymnology are the principles of worship. The criticisms upon hymns have essentially the same character with criticisms upon prayers. The excellences and the faults of hymns are, substantially, the excellences and the faults of all addresses to God. As the Praise of Jehovah is but one variety of Prayer, so a Christian Hymn Book is the most seemly form of a Christian Prayer Book. The discussions in the present volume, therefore, derive their principal, if they have any, worth, from their liturgical references. They relate to the matter and to the manner of all worship. They illustrate the subject and the form of prayer in general, by the subject and the form of that species of prayer which is expressed in song. While, then, the immediate object of the volume is to examine the contents, the proportion, and the style of hymns, and the method of addressing them to God, the ultimate object of the volume is to examine the principles that underlie all modes of Christian worship.
These principles have been suggested to two of the authors of the present volume, during the several years which they have devoted to the Sabbath Hymn Book. It has been, therefore, convenient for them to use that manual freely in illustra