AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY.
Title Songs of Zion. A Manual of the Best and Most Popular Humns and Tunes,
Location Published 19TH-AM-NY-NY
Book Number 11115
AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY. Songs of Zion. A Manual of the Best and Most Popular Hymns and Tunes, for Social and Private Devotion. NY, Amer. Tract. Soc. (c1851) 9.7 x 15.1 cm. Heavy wear through cloth at all edges of spine, worn through cloth at corners, foxing, exlib. With music in 4 parts. 192pp. Indexes. "The great success and usefulness of the Sacred Songs, published by the America Tract Society in 1842, attest its excellence. This smaller collection is not designed to supersede that, but to supply a want, felt and expressed in all parts of the country, of a manual fitted for general use, especially in meetings for prayer and in the family circle--compact, convenient, and cheap, and at the same time comprising most of the hymns and tunes that are established favorites with Christians of every name. To assist the people of God in his worship and to promote the salvation of souls, are the great objects to which, in making this selection, every other consideration has been subordinated... From the Sacred Songs those only have been taken that seem essential to every good collection. The hymns have been kept in their most authentic form, as well as the tunes, which have been examined by the highest musical authority, and are changed from the current arrangement as seldom and as slightly as possible consistently with the laws of harmony. ...acknowledgments are especially due to two whose praise is in all the churches, Lowell Mason, Esq.,by whom one third of all the tunes in the book were composed or arranged, and Thomas Hastings, Esq., who has given many of his choicest tunes and aided in preparing the work for the press; also to Mr. W. B. Bradbury, and others..."--Preface.