Excerpt from Life and Service Hymns
The real significance of the title will become increasingly apparent as the book is used, for it abounds in selections appealing for the dedication of Life tq our Saviour and Lord, and the life thus dedicated must respond to the insistent c... alls for Service ringing like bells throughout the entire book.
A large section of the book is devoted to the classic old hymns of the Church, sacred in association, effective in appeal, and which should become the permanent possession of our young people through memorization.
Each succeeding generation finds new terms and methods for expressing spiritual emotions and aspirations, and the Psalmist and Prophets but voiced an age-long desire when they exclaimed Sing unto the Lord a New Song.
Modern song writers have therefore a warrant for their efforts to interpret the spiritual longings and experiences of their day; and when both words and melody appeal to head and heart and stimulate faith and good works, a real contribution has been made to Christian Hymnology.
Martin Luther's stately words and involved melodies served their pur pose in Reformation days, the Rouse version of the Psalms expressed the faith of their time, the Wesley hymns voiced the deep emotions of the closing years of the eighteenth century, as Sankey and Bliss expressed the revival glow of the later years of the nineteenth century, and the present day hymn writers are interpreting the twentieth century as faithfully as the earlier composers interpreted their age.
We have drawn very liberally upon the compositions of well known modern hymn writers and have selected hymns that have proven their value by the test of use under widely varying conditions, and a number of composi tions by able hymn writers appear for the first time in our book.
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