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Next to a good Superintendent, that which tends not in any peculiar sense children's tunes, and the more than any thing else to make a Sunday School children should not be limited to them. popular, is, doubtless, GOOD SINGING. And this should The popular tunes for children should be as simple generally be characterized by sprightliness and cheer as their own thoughts,—sprightly as their own disfulness, tempered with gentleness. " Animated, but positions. Lambs require plenty of skipping room. not boisterous; gentle, but not dull or tame,” are direc- They thrive best in the green fields Let the chil tions that will apply to most of the compositions in dren's songs, then, bo such as they can understand, this book.*
appreciate and enjoy; such as they will love to sing We do not believe in the stiff, old-fashioned way both in the Sabbath School and at their homes. These many have of keeping the children singing nothing will ever be to them a source of delight, and will renbut Old Hundred, Dundee, Mear, St. Martins, and der the school doubly attractive. such like. Good old tunes these, no one will deny, We believe in making the children so happy on and sbould be sung from time to time, but they are Sabbath day, by the use of all proper means, that they
shall look forward to it through the week as "a de* It affords us great pleasure to be able to refer to one of light.” It is the Lord's day; a sacred day, a happy the largest and most prosperons Sunday Schools in the United day. Psalm cxviii, 24. States, the LER AVENUE SUNDAY School in Brooklyn, N. Y., as an illustration of the power of music as an agent for good
This book has been prepared at the urgent request of in the Sunday School. Its importance is hero fully recognized a large body of Sunday School teachers, superintendand appreciated
ents, and others, interested in the Sunday School cause.
iii Singing is now so important an element of the Sun- While we would not confine Sabbath Schools to the day School that it has seemed desirable that a more old church music exclusively, we certainly would not, extensive and complete collection, both of hymns and on the other hand, encourage the use of melodies that tunes, than has heretofore appeared, should be pre- are associated with words and sentiments low and pared; and as the author's resources are somewhat degrading. These can not be redeemed, and had betextensive, he believes he has succeeded in preparing ter bo let alone. The power of association in the such a book as will meet the wishes, not only of the human mind, especially in connection with music, is so gentlemen at whose kind solicitation he first under great that the popular tune will always suggest the took the work, but also of all interested in the Sunday words with which it was first learned. If it be said School. To the gentlemen referred to, he would ex- that a sufficient number of striking melodies, adapted press his obligations for valuable aid, suggestions and to children's abilities, can not otherwise be made contributions, both of hymns and music.
available, we, in reply, would venture the assertion, While most of the good, popular Sunday School based upon our former success in this department, melodies of the present day are here inserted, many that there are in this book more than fifty tunes, never of them, however, newly arranged and harmonized, a before published, which, so soon as they are learned, large number of new pieces has been composed ex- will become as popular as most of that objectionable pressly for this work, which, it is believed, will prove class to which referenco has been made; and these equally as interesting, instructive, and varied as the have been composed expressly for THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. old. These are generally of a popular character; the melodies, it is believed, will be found to be fresh and
TO TEACHERS OF SINGING AND CIIORISTERS. attractive, while the harmonies are natural and easy. We urge upon all teachers and leaders of singing
"Any thing will do for the Sabbath School," is a to interest themselves in tho Sunday School. [The motto that has been too long recognized and acted chorister who is most successful in sustaining a good upon; and, in keeping with this, "any thing that the choir in the church is, we have observed, often in the children would sing" has been given them, as suitable, Sunday School singing with the children.] Especially without the slightest regard to its adaptedness, con- do we urge such leaders to do their utmost to break struction, or associations.
up the slow, heavy, drawling habit of singing, which iv
PREFACE. prevails to a great extent. In many places theso up to the time; then let the leader sing one strain, or babits have become so confirmed that the starting line only, requiring all the school to sing it after him. of a well-known tune is the sigual for a sleepy, Then the next, and so on, until the tune has thus been drawling, tiresome, kind of singing that soems to us sung through. In this way it will be learned correctly. worse than no singing at all. If this habit can not In less than five minutes such a simple melody as otherwise be broken up, we would suggest that the “The Love of Jesus,” page 10, will be learned so as tunes that have been sung in this way, be dropped for to be generally sung by the school; and even the a while, and new ones substituted, until better habits learning of such a one as “ A Home beyond the Tide," shall have been formed.
page 98, will occupy an almost incredible short space
of time, -while the children will be kept continually HOW TO LEARN THE NEW TUNES.
interested. No employment in which we have ever Now that music is being taught so generally in the engaged has proved of more interest to us, or yielded day schools of our country, a goodly number of youth more direct returns of happiness than the hours thus will be found, especially among the older pupils and spent, in teaching the young to sing their “Hosannas younger teachers of our Sunday Schools, who can read to the Son of David.” This was our first work in the plain, simple music. Notwithstanding this advantage, musical profession, and we ask no higher honor than however, the majority of those who sing these tunes that it shall be our last. will be such as will learn them by rote or ear. It is, That "ORIOLA" may contribute greatly to aid in this therefore, very important that they be first sung cor- good work,—to endear the Sunday School to every rectly and carefully by the leader or teacher. scholar, and to encourage, cheer, and strengthen every
Let the leader of the singing, together with as many faithful superintendent and teacher,—is the sincere teachers and scholars as can read music, sing the tune wish of through alone, once or twice,-being careful to sing it