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This collection of Hymns is intended primarily for use in Westminster Abbey, but will be found suitable for other churches also. Four hymns at least have been assigned to each Sunday throughout the year, and sufficient provision, it is hoped, has been made for all occasions on which it is probable that hymns will be required.
With regard to the text of the Hymns, care has been taken to adhere to original versions, without receding from such alterations as are now generally accepted.
Most of the hymns by the late Dean Stanley which have been published singly from time to time are included in the collection, by the kind permission of his literary executors. It will be observed that for some of these, when used for singing, music must be specially arranged, but it was felt that it would be a serious loss to omit, from a book compiled for use in the Abbey, hymns which in themselves and for the sake of their author are so interesting, merely on account of a difficulty which can be overcome with little trouble.
Grateful acknowledgment is due, and is hereby cordially offered, to the numerous authors, translators, and owners of copyright, who have granted their ready and generous permission to print (in
several instances for the first time) hymns written, translated, or owned by them.
Special thanks are given to the proprietors of “Hymns Ancient and Modern,” for their exceptional permission to insert hymns by Sir H. W. Baker, Mr. W. C. Dix, and Mr. W. Whiting, of which they possess the copyright.
It should be stated, in particular, that the hymn by the Rev. F. W. Faber is inserted by permission of Messrs. Richardson & Son, Derby; those by Dr. Neale which are taken from his 66 Hymns of the Eastern Church” by permission of Mr. Hayes, and those which are taken from his “Mediæval Hymns” by permission of Messrs. Masters; those by the Rev. Isaac Williams by permission of Messrs. J. H. Parker; and Nos. 15 and 347 by permission of Messrs. Rivington, as well as, in the latter case, of the author. The permission to print the hymn by Miss Adelaide A. Procter has been acquired from Messrs. G. Bell & Sons; the hymns by Dr. Bonar from Messrs. Nisbet; four of the hymns by Mrs. Alexander from Messrs. Masters; and the translations by Miss Winkworth from Messrs. Longman.
The greatest possible pains have been taken to avoid any infringement of copyright. If any claim, legal or moral, has been unwittingly overlooked, a full apology for the error is now tendered. WestMINSTER ABBEY,
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