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Kingdom of God
HENRY SLOANE COFFIN
AMBROSE WHITE VERNON
The revised edition of HYMNS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD marks no radical departure from the general principles governing the preparation of the earlier editions, as set forth by the editors in their original preface.
The changes that have been made are the result of an extended experience with the book in actual use, together with many valuable suggestions from a variety of sources, and the revised edition is offered to churches in full confidence that it will be found adequate for all purposes of worship, and a source of inspiration to congregational singing.
Those hymns which gave the book a distinctively literary value have been retained, and its usefulness further enlarged by the inclusion of several hymns which have been written since its first publication.
The revision of tunes has been more extensive than that of the hymns. It will be seen that practically all the familiar hymns are set to their associated tunes, and that the newer hymns are usually set to tunes sufficiently familiar to make them immediately available for general use. This brings within the limits of any congregation many hymns of rare poetic beauty and literary richness that might not otherwise be sung.
The original plan of placing so far as possible, hymns of the same metre on opposite pages has been retained, thus affording a choice in the use of tunes.
Throughout the book a high musical standard has been maintained, and only music of a devotional, churchly character has been included. While the great English and American composers are well represented, no other source has been neglected that would contribute music which lends itself to worship and inspires effective congregational singing.
We desire to express our thanks to Mr. George Whelpton, to whom the responsibility of this revision has been largely entrusted, for his valuable assistance and hearty cooperation.
THE A. S. BARNES COMPANY. NEW YORK, 1916.