Excerpt from The Congregational Psalmist, a Companion to All the New Hymn-Books: Providing Tunes, Chants, and Chorales, for the Metrical Hymns and Passages of Scripture Contained in Those Books
In preparing this work, therefore, the utmost care has been exercised in selecting... such melodies, and in clothing them with such harmonies, as will enable the whole congregation easily and heartily to offer to God its eucharistic service of song. The Psalmody of almost every age and land has been laid under contribution, and congregations who use the book will join in strains which have strengthened the hearts and sanctified the worship of saints, and martyrs, and reformers, and, indeed, of the Holy Church throughout all the world.
Especially has recourse been had to the grand chorals of the Reform tion, the finest melodies of which are inserted in this work, many of them, especially of Luther's, for the first time presented in forms available for English worshippers. Some of the finest Hymns that we possess have hitherto occupied a silent place in our Hymn Books on account of their peculiar metres. For these, tunes of a thoroughly congregational character have been carefully selected; and, judging from the experience afforded by the publication of the first two parts of this work, they will soon become the most popular hymns in our congregational Worship.
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