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'HIS hymn-book is designed for the use of young men in a University 1 under an undenominational religious system. Ministers of different Christian communions should, therefore, find in it hymns which all can use with satisfaction, and young men should find in it masculine piety and honest aspiration. Hymns of a character foreign to the natural sentiments of young men have been excluded. The book, being intended for daily use, contains an unusually large proportion of hymns for morning and evening worship.
In 1886 each of the preachers to the University for that year, —
Rev. EDWARD EVERETT HALE, D.D.;
indicated the fifty hymns which in his judgment were most desirable for this purpose; and the collation of this material is the foundation of the book. Since that time the collection has been reviewed, and further suggestions have been made by,
Rev. LYMAN ABBOTT, D. D.;
preachers to the University in 1891; but the final responsibility for the selection of hymns rests with the Plummer Professor, and for the selection of tunes with the Organist and Choir-master of the University.