Excerpt from The Fellowship Hymn-Book
The remarkable growth within recent years of such movements as Adult Schools, Brotherhoods, Pleasant Sunday Afternoons, and kindred societies, marks a revival of interest in religion, and is full of hope for the future of this country.
The need of a hymn-book for the special use of such movements has long been felt. Such a book should contain hymns of a strong and simple character, which should express the ideals and aspirations of men and women gathered together for worship, fellowship, and inspiration for service.
"The Fellowship Hymn-Book" is designed to meet this need. It has been compiled by a joint committee of representatives appointed by the National Council of Adult School Unions, and by the National Council of P.S.A. Brotherhoods.
For some two years, commencing in 1906, the Adult School Council issued a series of hymn sheets in their monthly magazine, One and All, which met with an encouraging reception. The committee appointed to edit these sheets was at the same time instructed to proceed with the preparation of a hymn-book. Almost simultaneously the P.S.A. Brotherhoods Council appointed a similar committee. Negotiations were opened between the two Councils for the production of a common hymnal, and this book is the result of their combined labours. It is hoped that it may also appeal to a wider circle, and be largely used by other organizations having similar aims and ideals.
Hymns for use on special occasions only are grouped together at the end of the book. A small section specially dealing with home life and childhood has been included, in the hope that the book may be used in the family circle. A few hymns are more appropriate for use at special gatherings than for congregational singing.
It is thought that the notes which appear in the annotated words edition may add to the interest of the book, and promote the intelligent singing of the hymns.
Care has been taken to select tunes which are melodious and easy to sing, and a few folk-song tunes have been introduced.
The few expression marks indicate the spirit in which it is conceived the verses may be sung, but much is left to individual taste.
Grateful acknowledgments are offered to all who have in any way assisted in the production of this volume.
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