Excerpt from Cottage Melodies: A Hymn and Tune Book, for Prayer and Social Meetings and the Home Circle
The authors of this volume in its preparation have been in¿uenced by the words of Scripture, Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs; s... inging with grace in your hearts to the Lord, - animated by the hope that the peace of God that should rule the heart, - that love which is ever to be over¿owing in the exercise of brotherly kindness, - that watchful earnestness which is to seize every act and word as an occasion for prayer and thanksgiving - is also to keep itself alive by the aid of sacred song.
In preparation for strife, - in war and battle, men call to their aid music's power to encourage and stimulate each other in their deadly work; how much more then should the Christian soldier, who is fighting the good fight of faith, - striving against sin, and warring with the evil propensities of his own heart, invoke Sacred Music's hallowed in¿uences Here is strength. Here is help, sustaining, cheering, comforting; such as is nowhere to be found except in prayer. They who are battling for the right often droop and become disheartened in View of the many trials and discouragements that surround them. Let such take hold of this help that is evidently set before them by a kind and gracious Father; let them live as it were in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, and assuredly, their own hopes will be made brighter and their strength firmer thereby, while the spirit of true and warm devotion will be kept in constant exercise.
The editor of the New York Musical Pioneer in a leading article on the late popular movement towards congregational singing says.
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