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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1880, by
THE HYMN-BOOK PUBLISHING COMMITTEE
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES,
in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D.C.
J. M. ARMSTRONG & Co.,
PRINTED BY INQUIRER P. & P. Co.,
The Committee appointed by the General Synod at Wooster, O., to prepare and have published a Hymn and Tune Book, using the hymns contained in the Book of Worship in their present order and number, and to add to the collection a suitable translation of Luther's Battle Hynın, “Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott,” together with an appropriate number of Chants and Anthems, have accomplished their work to the best of their ability, and herewith submit the result of their labors.
It is but just to say that the Committee received important aid and suggestions from many able and experienced writers of music and leaders of choirs in the Lutheran Church; besides which, the Committee availed itself, as far as practicable, of the best results of all the best-known and most popular Hymn and Tune Books and Note Books extant. From this wide field it collected the music it has used. In the choice of its tunes it was governed by the following general principles :
1. Use no tunes but those of well-tried merit.
The first principle, whilst not ruling out new and popular music, nevertheless inclined the Committee to prefer the old and well-tried tunes. The old wine was to be preferred, whilst the good new, which may also improve with age, was not to be discarded.
The second principle led the Committee to inquire into the churchly character of the tune, and to consider whether it is calculated to awaken and express the feelings and sentiments of a devout and spiritual worshiper.
The third principle led the Committee to consider the spirit of the tune and the hymn conjointly, and inquire how far they harmonized in utterance, feeling and