THE PUBLISHER'S WORDS.
' The African Methodist Episcopal Church has been asking for a hymn and
tune book for many years, and it is, therefore, with great pleasure this
book is now given to the Church. Bishop Embry gave his last days on earth
to its completion. To him and Prof. John T. Layton, of Washington, D. C.,
is due the credit for its compilation, and it is hoped that the Church will find
it all that is to be desired in the way of a hymn and tune book. There will
be found herein a faithful collection of the old and familiar tunes that have so
long held a place in the affections of the people, and, besides, there will be
found many new and inspiring tunes that will soon win a place in the hearts of
all. Great care has been taken in all these selections, and it is believed
that the book will compare favorably with the hymn and tune book of any
other Church. We have included all the hymns of our latest book, and have
added about two hundred additional ones, some of them being old standard
hymns that were left out of the former book, including others that have never
been published in any of our books before.
Bishop Arnett, who succeeded Bishop Embry as chairman of the committee,
after consultation with numerous brethren, thought best to add a number of
pieces suitable to various occasions, and it is hoped all will agree that it was a
wise thing to do. No doubt some will miss a favorite hymn even from the
present large collection, but since it would be impossible to put all hymns that
might be desired into one book, it is believed that the collection now presented
to the Church will give general satisfaction. Music for the Decalogue and the
Aniens in the sacramental service is also given, which will be of much service
to our choirs. In order not to destroy the plates of the word edition, when
we have found it necessary to add a hymn in this, not found in that, we have
put the letter "b," after the number, which will indicate that if the hymn
is wanted in the word edition, it will be found after that number in the supple¬
ment, which is found in the rear of the book. We give this book to the
Church with the prayer that God may bless it to the edifying of the Church
and to the salvation of many souls.
The space given to Methodist Hymnody will be found deeply interesting to
all who desire to become acquainted with the important subject of the history
of Methodist hymns. We hope all will read this matter with great care. Let
our pastors and our choir directors everywhere see to it that our book now
displaces all others, and let our people sing from their own book, which, at
great labor and expense, has been prepared for them.
Praying God's blessings upon this book now given to the Church in His name,
We are faithfully yours,
T. W. HENDERSON,
Philadelphia, Jan. i, A. D. 1898. Publisher.