The Methodist Sunday School Hymnal: Issued Under the Auspices of the Board of Sunday Schools of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Classic Reprint)by John R. Van Pelt
It has been the aim of the Edit-or and the Committee to provide for our Sun day schools a hymnal really adapted, to their needs. It is their conviction that our Sunday schools have suffered much from the very general use of
Excerpt from The Methodist Sunday School Hymnal: Issued Under the Auspices of the Board of Sunday Schools of the Methodist Episcopal Church
It has been the aim of the Edit-or and the Committee to provide for our Sun day schools a hymnal really adapted, to their needs. It is their conviction that our Sunday schools have suffered much from the very general use of books not especially designed or adapted to the needs and capacities of youth. It is their conviction, furthermore, that the Sunday schools will appreciate the best in hymns and tunes, if they have a fair chance really to know the best. But the best hymns and tunes, like the best friends, are not fully appreciated at once, but grow richer in meaning and become dearer to us as the years go by. In this book will be found a pre ponderance of hymns and carols long known and loved. This is doubtless as it should be. But it is hoped that what is new will prove itself worthy of its place in such a collection. The following numbers may be taken 'as fairly representative of the spirit in which the work has been attempted: 2, 19, 31, 32, 60, 73, 75, 79, 85, 101, 126, 132, 144, 182, 183, 216, 219, 236, 237, 240, 268, 269, and 279. Attention is also directed to the fact that a number of the selections have been arranged for the orchestra and published in inexpensive form.
The book is designed to meet the needs of the school as a whole, but not to supply in great abundance songs for the Primary school. The young folk from the Junior age up through youthhood and into early manhood and womanhood have been especially in the thought and plan of the Committee. To make a book suited to their needs and ministering in some goodly measure to their aspirations and' desires has been the constant purpose of the Editor and his associates. Help, how ever, in choosing such songs for the little ones as are found in this collection is afforded by the Topical Index. To this index the attention of the superintendents and choristers is especially directed. It should afford very welcome aid in the selections of hymns to suit various needs and occasions.
The Editor desires gratefully to acknowledge helpful suggestions and courtesies which he has received from many friends of the undertaking; these are so many that lack of space forbids the mention of them by name.
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