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original hymns, out of several which have been communicated to the Editor, by the kindness of the authors, in manuscript. Upon the works of living authors generally, the Editor has not thought it expedient to draw with the same freedom, as upon those of earlier generations; although he has not deemed it necessary to forego altogether the advantage of including in his book specimens of those works, especially of such of them as have obtained general currency in popular hymn-books.
The arrangement which has been adopted in this volume (and upon which some care has been bestowed), may be explained in a few words. The Catholic Creeds, and the Lord's Prayer, presenting in their simplest forms, and in their natural order, all the fundamental points of Christianity, both objective and subjective, appeared to the Editor to be the best basis for a classification of those hymns of faith and devotion, which express feelings at all times appropriate to a Christian profession. These two groups of hymns constitute Parts I. and II. of the Collection. The Third Part consists of hymns distinguished chiefly from those of the two former classes, by having a special reference to particular times and occasions. In the Fourth Part will be found distributed, under