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THE HYMNAL


AS AUTHORIZED AND APPROVED FOR

USE BY THE GENERAL CONVENTION OF

The Protestant Episcopal Church
in the United States of America

IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD MCMXVI

THE CHURCH PENSION FUND

NEW YORK


COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY

MONELL SAYRE, TRUSTEE


First published, October, 1916

First edition published, February, 1919


COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY

MONELL SAYRE, TRUSTEE

First edition published, March, 1920
Electronic Text Edited by Peter B. Irvine, AOJN

CERTIFICATE



Action of the General Convention of 1916
It was voted by both Houses of the General Convention held in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixteen:

That the New Hymnal, as reported by the Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal be authorized and approved for use in this Church.

That the Commission be continued with authority to perfect the details of its work and to complete, for the benefit of the Church Pen­sion Fund, musical editions of the New Hymnal.

That the publication of the Hymnal be com­mitted to the Trustees of the Church Pension Fund for the benefit of that Fund.


Attest:

George Francis Nelson,

Secretary of the House of Bishops.

Henry Anstice,

Secretary of the House of Deputies.






CERTIFICATE



Action of the General Convention of 1919
It was voted by both Houses of the General Convention, held in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen:

That the Commission on the Hymnal be requested to publish an edition of the words of the New Hymnal without the music, at a small cost.

It was voted by both Houses of the General Convention, held in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen:

Whereas, the New Hymnal was approved and authorized for use by the General Convention of 1916, and

Whereas, an edition with words only has been ordered by the Convention and will be published;

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, the House of Bishops heartily commends the use of the New Hymnal with music score, in order to take advantage of the present popular interest in singing and to promote congregational singing throughout the whole Church.
Attest:

George Francis Nelson,

Secretary of the House of Bishops.

Henry Anstice

Secretary of the House of Deputies.

CERTIFICATE



It is hereby certified that this edition of the Hymnal having been compared with, and cor­rected by, the standard book as the General Convention has directed, is permitted to be published accordingly.

On behalf of the Commission empowered to superintend the publication of the Hymnal.


Cortlandt Whitehead, Chairman .

Morris Earle, Secretary.





RUBRIC

FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER


HYMNS AND ANTHEMS
Hymns set forth and allowed by the authority of this Church, and Anthems in the words of Holy Scripture or of the Book of Common Prayer, may be sung before and after any Office in this Book, and also before and after Sermons.

CANON 48


OF THE MUSIC OF THE CHURCH
It shall be the duty of every Minister to appoint for use in his Congregation hymns or anthems from those authorized by the Rubric, and, with such assistance as he may see fit to employ from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the tunes to be sung in his Church. It shall be his especial duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all irreverence in the performance.

PREFACE


The General Convention of the year 1913 en­trusted to a Commission the revision of the Hymnal. The General Convention of 1916, ac­cepting a book then submitted, referred it back to the Commission with instructions to perfect it and give it to the Church. In its effort to obey this command, the Commission now pre­sents this book.

Some hymns which were in the former collec­tion have been omitted because it was discov­ered by careful inquiry that they were seldom if ever used. One of the principles of the revision was to make the new book as compact as excel­lence and variety would permit. Some old hymns which are perhaps below the general standard are retained because they have the affection of a considerable number of people.

The hymns added find a place either because they are great religious verse, or because they express the experience and aspirations of our time. These are hymns intended to voice our yearning for larger social service, for deeper patriotism, for a more eager obligation to the winning and maintaining of a free world, for a higher enthusiasm towards the unity and ex­tension of Christianity. This Hymnal of 1918 cannot escape the marks of the Great War, -- its tragedy, its sympathy, its loving sacrifice, its gratitude because God has given us the victory for the right and the true.

The hymns have been arranged as nearly as possible in the Prayer Book order, with the hope that people will recognize that they have a companion for the Book of Common Prayer in a Book of Common Praise.

The Commission has tried to retain and to add such hymns as express reality in the religious life. At the same time there has been generous thought for a wide diversity of temperament and training. From stern simplicity to exuber­ant emotion, the ways in which men would praise God are manifold. Accordingly there are hymns of objective adoration, august and distant, side by side with hymns which unbur­den the singer's heart and tell what God has done for him alone.

The prayer which goes up With the finishing of the book is that, in spite of its limitations and imperfections, it may bring the Church into greater joy, as the people sing these hymns of the ages to the grateful honour of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost.


Cortlandt Whitehead Roland S. Morris

G. Mott Williams Robert C. Pruyn

Thomas F. Davies Miles Farrow

William F. Faber Walter Henry Hall

James W. Ashton Horatio Parker

Charles Lewis Slattery T. Tertius Noble

Frank Damrosch, Jr. Monell Sayre

Winfred Douglas Peter Christian Lutkin



Morris Earle Wallace Goodrich

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