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YOUTHFUL VOICES:

A COLLECTION OF

HYMNS AND TUNES, ,

FOR THE USE OF

SUNDAY SCHOOLS.

COMPILED BY A COMMITTEE OF THE

BOSTON SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS INSTITUTE.

THE

MUSIC

BY

EDITED

BENJAMIN J. LANG.

BOSTON:
WALKER, WISE AND CO.,

245 WASHINGTON STREET.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by

OLIVER DITSON & CO.,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE.

NEARLY two years since, a Committee appointed by the Sunday School Teachers' Institute to visit and report the condition of the Schools of which they had supervision, called the attention of that body to the need felt by nearly all of them, for a new and better collection of devotional poetry and music. They remarked upon a general complaint, that the best of those in use were in many ways defective, much of the music having little in unison with, and ill fitted to express the devotional feelings of the children, and the hymns often containing doctrines and expressions altogether at variance with the tenets commonly held at the present day by the great body of Christians. In consequence of this recommendation, a delegation of three teachers from each of the Schools was immediately conyened, and the Committee by which this Collection was prepared, was constituted at that convention, to carry out the unanimous desire which was then expressed for a different body of Hymns and Tunes. The compilation now offered, contains little that is new, but has not been prepared without much pains-taking labor. The Depositories of Sunday School books and papers have been carefully searched, as well as every attainable collection of Sacred Music. A large body of secular music has also been explored and brought into service, when it could be used without introducing disturbing associations ; and it is believed that all of the hymns and tunes finally chosen, possess some fitness for the purpose for which they were taken.

The committee in offering this fruit of many months' labor, are not unconscious of its many shortcomings. It is far enough from their conception of what such a work should be. But they have a well grounded hope that it will not be found useless, and should it measurably supply the need so often and so loudly expressed, and conduce in any degroe to enliven the services of the Sunday School to which it is adapted, they will feel themselves amply rewarded. Should the work make any approach to the end they have constantly held in view to find a fitter expression for the simple religious emotions of childhood-and thereby lead them to a more intelligent and heartfelt worship, surely they will have been blest in their labors.

Boston, OCTOBER, 1862.

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