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PROF. WILLIAM HENRY MONK, Mus. Doc.
The first edition of the “Congregational Psalmist” was published in 1858, its companion Hymn Book—"Supplemental Hymns for Public Worship,”—in 1868. It was therefore one of the pioneers of the great and gratifying development of Congregational worship, which this generation has seen, and a not uninfluential contributor to it. Subsequently to its publication, the combination in one volume of hymns with music has become common. This is a great convenience, and it has the advantage of identifying each hymn with its distinctive tune. The preparation of an edition of the “Congregational Psalmist with Hymns” was commenced some eighteen years ago, but the completion and publication of it were hindered by considerations that no longer exist. The present volume, therefore, is the fruit of many years' labour and familiarity with Hymnology.
The amazing advance of Congregational singing in English speaking churches can be fully realized only by those who can personally remember what, in Parish Church and Nonconformist Chapel alike, it was forty years ago. In the Anglican Church the neglected Hymn has become prominent in Congregational worship, in the Puritan Churches worship has developed in ästhetic forms. The art-music of ritual worship has deepened and broadened into Congregational song, while the rude fervour of Evangelical Hymn singing has developed into a higher art-expression. Both tendencies have thus combined to produce what is perhaps a more consentaneous and extended culture of the worship of the congregation than the Church of Christ has ever known. One effect has been fresh contributions to the Hymnology of the Church of a very rich and precious character. It is impossible to exaggerate the contributions to worship-song of the Evangelical Revival of the