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GEORGE B. CHEEVER, D.D., AND J. E. SWEETSER.
51 JOHN STREET.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by
A. S. BARNES & COMPANY,
This book grows, in a great measure, out of experience of the wants of the household and the congregation. A Hymn and Tune Book is needed, which, while it is not too large for social and family worship, shall be sufficiently varied in its contents, going directly to the heart, and expressing its religious wants and feelings. Most of the works of this character have been too restricted as to hymns, by the supposed necessity of having the selection of hymns carried only so far as the tunes were appended. A sufficiently copious selection on this principle would make a volume too bulky and expensive for familiar use. The present work is an attempt to combine a sufficient iety of tunes with a corre sponding variety of hymns, suitable not only for private reading, but for use in singing. In most of our collections of church psalmody there are many hymns which, however well suited for personal devotion and meditation, are never sung. Our object is, to provide a book which shall not only meet the first part of the inspired injunction: “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs”—but also the second part—"singing with grace in your hearts, to the Lord.”
The selected tunes are old and familiar, but to these a few have been added, in the belief that when familiarly known, they also will become favorites. There are likewise some hymns which have never appeared in any other collection, the original ones