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86                                 FRANKLIN-SQUARE SONG COLLECTION.
Luther, to a certain extent, attempted to imitate the work of King David; and, as the latter used the ancient Egyptian music as a groundwork of his sys­tem, so Luther sought out and endeavored to preserve all that seemed to him beautiful in the Catholic ser­vice. He was especially anxious that the Evangeli­cal Church should not seem to be the foe of any of (the fine arts, but should use and foster them. He says, " I rejoice to let the seventy-ninth Psalm,' O God, the heathen are come,' be sung as heretofore by one choir after another, .... just as it was in the Popish fasts, for it sounds and looks very devotional." Speaking of his desire to make thorough reforms in the music of the people, he writes to a friend, " I wish after the example of the prophets and ancient fathers of the Church, to make German Psalms for the people—that is to say, sacred hymns—so that the
Word of God may dwell among the people by means of song also." It was in this year that the first hymnal, spoken of above, was issued. Its title reads, " Some Christian Songs of Praise and Psalms, made from the pure Word of God, from the holy Scriptures, by several highly learned men, to be sung in the Church, as is already partially the practice in Witten­berg, 1524." The success of these hymns was im­mediate, and from this time there began a composi­tion, arrangement, and adaptation of chorals which remains unparalleled for fertility and activity. Every pastor seemed to think it part of his duty to arrange or compose at least one hymn to the glory of God, and many gave forth whole collections. Thousands were published even in the early days of the Reformation, and to-day each principality and almost each city lias its special collection of psalms and of chorals.—Elson.
THE HUNTER'S SONG.                               schaffer







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