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PREFAGE.

IT

Tis Coleridge who says, that

In some hours of solemn jubilee
The massy gates of Paradise are thrown
Wide open, and forth come in fragments wild;
Sweet echoes of unearthly melodies,
And odors snatched from beds of amaranth:

The purpose of this volume is to gather up and present some of these echoes of unearthly melodies, poured forth in Christian song.

As a LYRA CELESTIS, embracing the master-pieces and choicest lyrics upon Heaven, selected from all the hymnological sources, home and foreign, modern and ancient, it is the most extensive collection that has hitherto been attempted.

We must view it as a cause for gratitude that so many of the hymnists have chosen this as their theme. Every reader of these pages will be impressed with the variety and richness of their productions. Heaven, indeed, in the words of Bishop Hall, hath many tongues to talk of it.

As a book for the parlor-table and the shelf of the library; for the closet and the sick-room ; for hours of literary enjoyment and of devotional musing ; for the use of young disciples: end: gf .experienced saints, it is hoped

: that Heaven in Song" will prove a favorite gift.

May it please the Blessed One, whose presence is the shocy. of Heaven, to accept the offering, and make it an • inspiration and a joy to many in the house of their pil.

a 'girimage.

H. C. F. NEWARE, N: J., Wovember, 1873

and richness of their productions. Heaven, indeed, in the
words of Bishop Hall, hath many tongues to talk of it.

As a book for the parlor-table and the shelf of the
library; for the closet and the sick-room ; for hours of
literary enjoyment and of devotional musing ; for the use
of young disciples and of .experienced saints, it is hoped
that Heaven in Song" will prove a favorite gift.

.
May it please the Blessed One, whose presence is the
glory. of Heaven, to accept the offering, and make it an
inspiration and a joy to many in the house of their pil.
*grimage,

H. C. F.
NEWARK, N: J., Vovember, 1873

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