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SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO CHANTING,

AND A FEW SHORT PRAYERS.

BY THE
REV. ABNER W. BROWN, A.M.,

PYTCHLEY, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.

LONDON:
WERTHEIM AND MACINTOSH,
24, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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PREFACE.

The present Manual is much more than a Hymn and Chant Book in the usual meaning of the name.

It contains about 332 Hymns (original and selected) and Chants, arranged according to the Collects, Catechism, and Services of the Church of England. Of these, the Chants consist of 149 short select passages of Scripture on all important subjects, printed in their natural poetry, or sentences (as in the Pytchley 'Hyma-book of 1843), and suitable either for chanting, or for storing the memory with truth in the very words of Scripture. References to the Scriptures appointed for the Collects are added. A few short prayers for children or schools, an explanation of some difficult words in the Bible and Prayer-book, and a few simple practical Rules for Chanting, complete the volume, which yet is offered at the usual price of such collections. The headings will all be found instructive.

The Hymns (177, besides Doxologies) are partly such as are well known, and partly simpler versions of others scarcely suited, or seldom presented, to children. Those which cannot be recognized must bear the character of original. Every hymn is believed to be the composition of a member of the Church of England. The Scripture passages will be found occasionally shortened by the omission of less prominent parts, or lengthened by the addition of corresponding verses from other places. A similar volume of simple poetry for week-day use, and

children. scarcely suited, or Partly simplery

PREFACE.

another of Psalm-tunes and Chants, form part of
the plan proposed by the Compiler.

This Manual embraces all the subjects in the
Catechism, and is suited to any stage of youth; it
aims at imbuing children's minds with the truths of
God's Word, and the principles of the Thirty-Nine
Articles. The Compiler hopes for the support of all
who love the Bible and the Church, in his attempt
to provide for the young a purely Church of Eng-
land Manual, which may habituate them in their
daily lives to realize their Bible and Prayer-book,
and feel their privilege and responsibility as children
of the Church of England. He humbly commends
it to the blessing of Him who said, “Suffer the little
children to come unto me, and forbid them not."

The Contents are arranged in the following

order:

The Dictionary and Rules for Chanting.

Hymns for Morning and Evening, 1-6.

The Collects, 7-196.

The Creed, 197—204.

The Church, 205–211.

Baptism, 212-217.

Confirmation, 218-221.

The Lord's Supper, 222, 223.

Sacred Places and Times, 224-230.

Spreading the Kingdom of Christ, 231-235.

The Ten Commandments singly, 236-262.

Duty to God and Man, 263-285.

Loyalty, 286-290.

Temptation and Repentance, 291-296.

Sickness and Sorrow, 297--300.

Death, and after Death, 301-311.

Prayer, 312--315.

A few Short Prayers, 316-327.

Dismissals and Doxologies, 328-338.

EXPLANATION

OF

SOME WORDS IN THE BIBLE AND

PRAYER-BOOK.

Advent.—A coming. The coming of Christ. Christmas.-A Service for Christ. The birth

day or nativity of Jesus Christ. Circumcision.—'Í'he day when Jesus Christ,

being eight days old, was made a mem

ber of the ancient Church of God by · the Jewish sacrament of circumcision. Epiphany.The being shewn to. The time

when the Holy Child Jesus was shewn to

the wise men. Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent,

when people used to put ashes on their heads, like the Jews of old, as a sign of

sorrow for sin. Lent.-An old word meaning spring-time.

The forty days' fast in spring, ending at Good Friday. Good Friday. The day when Jesus Christ

died for us, which was the greatest good

ever done for sinful man. Passion-week.—The week in which Christ

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