Excerpt from The Church Missionary Hymn Book
Man! Inquiries about Hymns to be used in connexion with the Commemoration of the Church Missionary Society's Centenary, as well as for more general missionary purposes, have led those, on whom has fallen the responsibility of prepa... ring for the Centenary, to believe that a small Collection of Hymns, mainly of a missionary and devotional character, was much needed to serve both objects. Early in 1898 a sub-committee was appointed to prepare such a Collection: the following pages are the result.
It does not profess to be a Book for general Public Worship; but the Compilers believe that it will be Widely welcomed by missionary Choirs, Gleaners', and other Unions, Bands, and workers of many kinds, for Special Services or regular Meetings, as well as find a place in home circles, where Christ's command to evangelize the World is loved and honoured.
Together with a number of old and popular Hymns, it contains many which are little known. Of these, some have been written specially for the Society, and others not hitherto published.
A pathetic interest is attached to the Book from the fact that it is the last literary work in which Miss S. G. Stock was engaged before her summons to a higher service. This gentle and gifted lady, who will ever be remembered as the missionary poetess of our age, took the liveliest interest in the preparation of this Hymnal. Her colleagues gratefully acknowledge how much, under God, they owe to her refined taste, her quick perception of beauty, and her spirit so deeply taught in Divine truth.
The sub-committee are also deeply indebted to E. J. Bellerby, Esq., Mus. Doc., for the zeal and judgment which he has devoted to the musical portion of the Book. They feel, however, that it is due to him to state that the Sub Committee retained the selection of the Tunes in their own hands; and also that, while a large number of the Tunes have received his much valued revision, and a larger number his approval, he is not to be held responsible for others, the insertion of which the Committee desired, not so much for their artistic merit as for the recognized popularity which they have attained.
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