Saturday, March 05, 2016

These Old Hymns

“We cannot afford to lose these old hymns. They are full of the Gospel; they breathe the deepest emotions of pious hearts in the noblest strains of poetry; they have been tested and approved by successive generations of those that loved the Lord; they are the surviving fittest ones from thousands of inferior productions; they are hallowed by abundant usefulness and tenderest memories.” 
Basil Manly Jr., from his preface to Manly’s Choice: A New Selection of Approved Hymns for Baptist Churches, 1891.

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