the death of Bishop Embry, the committee decided to nave some Hymns for
Anniversaries and Festival Occasions, such as may be used at commencement
exercises, Children's Day, Easter Day and Endowment Day.
The Committee on Compilation has finished the work where Bishop Embry
left it, and performed the duty assigned by the General Conference, through
the Council ot Bishops and present the result of their labors to the ministers
and members ot the African Methodist Episcopal Church and through it to
the Commonwealth of Christianity. We pray that God the Father, will ap¬
prove the work dedicated to the triumphs of his Son and that the Holy
Spirit will sanctify each Hymn. The Church has long called for a Hymnal,
the children and choirs wanted a tune book, the age demanded a denomina¬
tional collection of sacred songs and music to be sung in our Fathers' and
We pray the God of David, the sweet singer of Israel, to bless these songs
at the family altar, in the Church and schoolhouses, giving inspiration in the
conflict of life and victory in death.
Committee on Compilation and Publication.
Benj. William Arnett,
Benj. Tucker Tanner,
Wesley John Gaines,
Jno. T. Layton,
T. Wellington Henderson,
James Crawford Embry (deceased Aug. '97)