The Bishops in their address to the Church, in their Council, June 15,
1892, used the following language :
The chants of the former editious have been dropped, because impracticable
for use, and the liturgy of Baptism and the Lord's Supper restored. The index¬
ing has been executed with neatness and taste, and the whole work, typograph¬
ically, is a gem. We pronounce it, therefore, highly creditable to the Church,
and to those who have done the work. We commend the work to the whole
Church until the General Conference of 1896 shall utter a fina" verdict. After
all, the best test of any work is the test of usefulness. May these hymns and
sacred songs, issuing as a stream from the pure fountain of the Divine oracles,
commend themselves iu sweet satisfaction to the thousands of our Zion.
Daniel A. Payne, A. W. Wayman, T. M. D. Ward, H. M. Turner, W. J. Gaines,
B. W. Arnett, Benj. T. Tanner, A. Grant, B. F. Lee, M. B. Salter, James A.
Handy.—Bishops of the A. M. E. Church.
MUSIC HYMNAL 1897.
The present volume of Hymns and Music is the crystallization of the needs
of the Church and the recommendation of the committee of 1888, at India¬
napolis. The Bishops appointed a committee to compile and edit an edition
of a Hymnal for the use of our congregation, and after several meetings the
committee failed to agree. The Bishops' Council at Macon, Ga., January,
1892, appointed Bishops T. M. D. Ward and B. T. Tanner, a committee to
make arrangements for its compilation and publication. They made arrange¬
ments with Rev. J. C. Embry to compile the same under their supervision.
Dr. Embry pursued his labors tor several years; finally, the matter was presented
to the Bishops' Council In June, 1895, Prof. J T. Layton, of Washington,
D. C., sent a letter to the Bishops' Council at Wilberforce, Ohio, proposing
to publish a Hymnal for the Church. The proposition was accepted and
Bishop B. T. Tanner was appointed Editor in behalf of the Bishops. Com¬
mittee - B T. Tanner, J. C. Embry and John T. Layton.
In 1896, at the Bishops' Council. Dr. J. C. Embry made a report on his
work and that of Prof. J T. Layton, on the Hymnal. Bishops B. W. Arnett
and W. J. Gaines were added to the committee and ordered to have the Book
ready for the General Conference of 1896 In 1897, Rev. J C. Embry
made a statement in relation to the Hymnal; he had arranged for its publica¬
tion, but the Bishops decided that it must be done under the authority of the
Publication Department and Rev. T W. Henderson B. M., was added to the
committee, and the Department given authority to finish and publish the Book.
The work of arranging the Hymns and Music was done by Bishop J. C. Embry
and Prof. J. T. Layton, and presented to the other members of the committee.
The publication of the Historical Facts, in relation to the Hymnody of Meth¬
odism was thought to be wise, for it would give the ministers of the Church a
general knowledge of the rise and progress of the Hymnody. This volume
will stand as a memorial to the work of the Rev. J. C. Embry, who worked on it
until the last hours of his life. His last work, his last word, and last thoughts
were his Hymnal. He spent his last days working for the Church and well
has he done his work, as the Book we introduce to the public will tell. After