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Excerpt from The Hymnal, 1907: Published by Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
And now that the book is complete and approved, it must stand as the best exponent of the aims kept in view during its preparation, to produce a manual of the Church's praise, a treasury of things new and old, chosen for actual service, expressive in some degree of the devotional feeling and also of the culture of God's people.
In the selection of hymns, those endeared to the Church by proved fitness have been given the first place; and the whole field of modern hymnody has been laboriously gleaned. The hymns are intended to cover every side of Church worship and work, and of Christian experience, and are so classified as to be most readily at hand to meet the occasion. Great pains have been taken with the state of the text. The Editor has in all cases sought to have before him the author's original text, and the author ized texts also of such amendments and revisions as seemed worthy of attention. As far as possible, the hymns are printed as their authors wrote them. When any changes have been adopted, the fact has invariably been noted beneath the hymn, partly in the interests of intelligent hymnology, partly also for honesty's sake, that no man's name be put to anything which he did not write. These foot-notes, with very few exceptions, are records of a personal inspection of the facts recorded, and furnish an interesting and, it is believed, trustworthy history of the hymn.
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