THE HYMN BOOK OF 1892.
This collection of hymns and sacred songs was gathered and arranged by
Rev. J. C. Embry, under the supervision of the Rev. Bishops T. M. D
Ward, D.D., and B. T. Tanner, D D., who were appointed by the Episco¬
pal Council to execute the work, at their meeting held in Macon, Ga , January,
Concerning the work itself, we observe : i. It is done in response to an al¬
most universal demand. 2. This demand was for a cheaper book, and one of
better arrangment than the old, in order that a music edition might be made.
These requirements necessitated,—(«) a smaller book to meet the demand for
price; (b) a grouping of the hymns metrically, so as to easily supply music for
the same. 3. The collection is made chiefly from our own book and that of
the .\I. E. Church. A few are from the Presbyterian, a few are from the
Baptist Hymnal, and still a few others from miscellaneous sources. Finally,
there are eighteen selections from the Psalmody of the U. P. Church, all of
which have been reduced to popular metre.
The Wesleyan hymns prevail largely, and the whole collection will be found
breathing a pure, orthodox and evangelical spirit. Original compositions by
our own clergy are : Bishops Payne, Turner, Handy, Tanner, and the Revs.
H. T. Johnson, J. R Scott, and J. C. Embry. The Church Hymnal is the
standard by which we are gauged; it is doctrinal, core and centre, around
which we all build our denominational loyaity and Christian devotion.