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If, then, in theory it is the congregation who sing, what is duty as regards practice? It is a general law of our relations to the Divine Being, that we are never at liberty to delegate to others any duty which we are capable of doing for ourselves. The fact that we cannot do the thing so well as others, does not exonerate us from doing it as well as we can. How can it be doubted that it is the duty of all in our worshiping assemblies to lift their voices in praise to God? Possible exceptions need not be alluded to. God requires only as he gives. What more fitting, and what spectacle more sublime, than a whole people standing up before their Maker, and sounding forth, in solemn, joyful strains, his praise? And experience is beginning to demon. strate in this country, as it has long done in Europe, that the highest and most delightful effects of church music can be reached only where there is a general participation of the congregation in the service.
Facilities, however, which do not exist, are needed to congregational singing; and it is in the hope of supplying, in some measure, the lack, that this book has been prepared. Should it contribute aught to the accomplish. ment of so worthy an end, the compiler will feel himself well rewarded for the labor it has cost him.
Acknowledgments are due to Mr. MelviN LORD, of Boston ; also to Messrs. T. HASTINGS, W. B. BRADBURY, and J. C. WOODMAN, of New York, for their kindness in granting leave to insert tunes of which they hold the copyright.
It is also due to the Rev. LEONARD W. Bacon, minister of St. Peter's church, Rochester, New York, to say that the idea of this book, so far as the retaining of the numbers in the Psalmist goes, was derived from a similar work prepared by him,
J. R. SCOTT, Rochester. N. Y., July, 1855.
INDEX OF SUBJECTS.
[The figures refer to pages.]
The Lord's Day, 14, 17, 29, 65, 69, 81, 87, 101, 107.
- his attributes, 17, 59, 61, 63, 85.
his gracious acts, 23, 31, 67, 79, 81, 91, 113, 115.
rising, 21, 93.
- praise to, 29, 61, 83, 101, 103, 105.
rejoicing in God, 51, 91.
causing joy in heaven when converted, 29, 67.
The Christian, blest in choosing wisdom early, 47, 115.
- seeking complete consecration, 31, 73, 85, 93, 111.
rejoicing in tribulation, 57, 69, 113.
INDEX OF TUNES.