Excerpt from The Packer Hymnal
HE Compilers of this Hymnal have been guided entirely by a desire to lead young people to a fuller appreciation of the beauty and helpfulness of the best Hymns of the Church.
A tune capable of perfectly expressing a particular hymn can ... hardly be written as a piece of music merely; it is the result of an inspiration arising out of a sympa thetic understanding of the meaning and spirit of the hymn. The hymn is really what is sung, and therefore should never 'be belittled by association with a tune below it in dignity, or inadequate to express its sentiment.
Thus the first requisite of a Hymnal is a worthy selection of hymns; and the second, a gathering of genuinely musical tunes, as far as possible composed for the hymns to which they are set.
In a Hymnal intended especially for the use of young people, the brightness and happiness of youth should find full expression; hence, from a rich and endless store, the Editors have here selected only those hymns and tunes which they know, from personal experience, to be thoroughly Singable, enjoyable, inspiring, and worthy to be cherished in the hearts and memories of children. Especial care has been exercised in the selection of hymns for Little Children.
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