Excerpt from Hymns and Choirs: Or the Matter and the Manner of the Service of Song in the House of the Lord
The principles of hymnology are the principles of worship. The criticisms upon hymns have essentially the same character with criticisms upon prayers. The excellences a... nd the faults of hymns are, substantially, the excellences and the faults of all addresses to God. As the Praise of Jehovah is but one variety of Prayer, so a Christian Hymn Book is the most seemly form of a Christian Prayer Book. The discussions in the present volume, therefore, derive their principal, if they have any, worth, from their liturgical references. They relate to the matter and to the manner of all worship. They illus trate the subject and the form of prayer in general, by the subject and the form of that species of prayer which is ex pressed in song. While, then, the immediate object of the volume is to examine the contents, the proportion, and the style of hymns, and the method of addressing them to God, the ultimate object of the volume is to examine the principles that underlie all modes of Christian worship.
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