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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
SHEPARD, CLARK AND BROWN,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
ELECTROTYPED AT THE
Damrill & Disore, Printers, Boston
This Book of Songs has been made for the use of the Church
OF THE UNITY in Boston.
The word Songs has been taken in preference to Hymns, the conventional designation of such collections, for the obvious reason that the chosen term is generic, while the other is specific. We had already noticed that the title Hymn Book was a misnomer for most collections of poetry for lyrical worship; and after a careful revision of our own selection, we saw how inappropriate the term hymn (a song of adoration) would be to such a large portion as referred to Christ and his mission, and to the outward and inward life.
We felt constrained to discard much that is usually found in hymn books, as either not needful or unable to stand the test of poetical criticism ; and because of the designation we have adopted, we have felt at liberty to take a freer scope in our choice, and to examine the great body of English poetry. At the same time we deemed a small selection, carefully made, to be much better than a larger concourse of promiscuous worth.