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FAVORITE SONGS FOR SCHOOL AND HOME.
Hymn Writers.—We have sought for hymns in the books of every denomination of Christians. There are certain hymns of the sacrifice of Christ, of utter and almost soul-dissolving yearning for the benefits of His mediation, which none could write so well as a devout Roman Catholic. Some of the most touch­ing and truly evangelical hymns in the Plymouth Col­lection we have gathered from this source. We have obtained many exquisite hymns from the Moravian collections, developing the most tender and loving views of Christ, of His personal presence, and gentle companionship. We know of no hymn-writers that
equal their faith and fervor for Christ as present with his people. Nor can any one conversant with these fail to recognize the fountain in which the incom­parable Charles Wesley was baptized. His hymns-are only Moravian hymns re-sung. Not alone are the favorite expressions used and the epithets which they loved, but, like them, he beholds all Christian truths-through the medium of confiding love. The love-element of this school has never been surpassed. To-say that we have sought for hymns expressing the deepest religious feeling, and particularly the senti­ments of love, and trust, and divine courage, and,
FLEE AS A BIRD.
Spanish Melody. Mary S. B. Dana, 1840.
hopefulness, is only to say that we have drawn largely from the best Methodist hymns. The contributions of the Wesleys to hymnology have been so rich as to leave the Christian world under an obligation which cannot be paid as long as there is a struggling Christian brotherhood to sing and be comforted amid the trials of this world. Charles Wesley was pecul­iarly happy in making the Scriptures illustrate Chris­tian experience, and personal experience throw light upon the deep places of the Bible. Some of his effu­sions have never been surpassed. Nor are there any hymns that could more nobly express the whole ecstasy
of the apostolic writings in view of death and heaven. Cowper, Stennet, Newton, Doddridge, and many other familiar authors, will be found in every collection that aspires to usefulness. With whatever partiality to Dr. Watts we may have begun our work, a compar­ison of his psalms and hymns with the best effusions of the best hymn-writers has only served to increase our admiration, and our conviction that he stands above all other English writers. Nor do we believe any other man, in any department, has contributed so great a share of enjoyment, edification, and inspiration to struggling Christians as Dr. Watts.—H, W. Beecher..
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