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“Oh sing unto the Lord a new song."-PSALM Xevi. 1.
1122 CHESTNUT STREET.
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by the AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
1 No books are published by the AMERICAN SUNDAYSCHOOL UNION without the sunction of the Committee of Publication, consisting of thirteen members, from the following denominations of Christians, viz. : Baptist, Methodist, Congregational, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Reformed Dutch. Not more than three of the members can be of the same denomination, and no book can be published to which any member of the Committee shall object.
"The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book” was compiled by a committee of pastors and superio,
tendents in the city of New York. The title defines I its character. It is believed to be well adapted for j general use.
The hymns will be found remarkable , in the following particulars :-(1.) Their simplicity. JNo hymn has been admitted whose meaning may not
readily be apprehended by children. (2.) Their appropriateness. ' As they are hymns for the Sunday. school, with the exception of a few on temperance, every hymn can be sung with perfect propriety on the Lord's day. (3.) Their variety. In this particular the book could not easily be improved. Selections may be found suitable for infant-classes as well as for those older; for mission-schools, anniversaries, prayer-meetings, &c... (4.) Their arrange. ment. It is simple and natural. Hymns suited to almost any occasion may be found with very little delay.
The committee undertook the task to meet a want which they have long felt. The book is offered to the public, confident that it will prove to be useful and acceptable. If their expectations are met, they hope to accompany it with a book of tunes adapted to all the hymns, entitled “ The American Sunday. School Hymn and Tur Book."