Excerpt from The Methodist Harmonist: Containing a Collection of Tunes From the Best Authors, Embracing Every Variety of Metre, and Adapted to the Worship of the Methodist Episcopal Church; To Which Is Added a Selection of Anthems, Pieces, and Sentences, for Particular Occasions
<... br/>Believing such a collection of tunes, as should be suited to the various metres and subjects of our Hymns, would be highly advantageous to the members and friends of our Church, soon after. The Conference closed its session, the Agents adopted measures to' accomplish this very desirable object. For this purpose a Committee, consisting of members of our Church, was appointed, who, beside their competency to this undertaking, felt a deep interest in the reputation and utility of this very important part of Divine service. They were requested, in conformity as nearly as practicable to the requisition of our discipline, to make a selection of tunes from authors of approved merit, keeping in view the various sections of our widely extended Connection, that the peculiarity of taste, in the choice of tunes, might, as far as possible, be gratified. They entered upon their labour with cheerfulness, and persevered with conscientious care and diligence until they brought their work to a close: and the tunes comprised in the following selection will evince the result of their exertions, and their communication to the Agents, with which we close this preface, will explain the manner in which they executed the trust confided to them.
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