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Congregational singing will never become at all general or permanent until the churches employ tunes which have melodies that cling to the memo­ry and touch the feelings or the imagination. Mu­sic is not simply a vehicle for carrying a hymn. It is something in itself. No tune is fit to be sung to a hymn which would not be pleasant, in itself, without any words. Any other view of the function of mu­sic, if it shall prevail, will in the end bring music to such a tame and tasteless state that a reaction will be inevitable, and the public mind will go to the of-
posite extreme. Thus, those who are conscientiously anxious to make music a means of religious feeling, will, by an injudicious method, produce by and by the very mischief which they sought to cure. A corruption of hymns will not be more fatal to public worship than will be a corruption of music. And any theory that denies to church music a power upon the imagination and the feelings, as music, and makes it a mere servile attendant upon words, will carry certain mischief upon its path, and put back indefinitely the cause of church music.—Beecher,
Andantino. <DAS STEIERLAND.)
When the Alpine vales with the shout resound, Mid the chime of bells and songs around Comes the shepherd lad, all his kine at home, To his dearest maid, no more to roam.—Cho.
IVrtui im Thai der Alp die Schal mei ertont, Utiter Glockenklang und heiterm Lied, Komnil der HirtenbuU' mil den Kii/^n daheim Abends zu der allerliebsten Maid,Cho.

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