In the name of the Lord, Jesus, the publishers and compilers would lay upon the altar of praise, and present to the household of faith the second volume of the Hymns of the Christian Life.
Our special acknowledgements are due to many musical composers and publishers for the use of valuable copyrights in this collection, including Messrs. Sweeney, Kirkpatrick and Hood, of Philadelphia; Mrs. Dr. Gordon, and the publishers of the Coronation Hymnal, Mr. E. O. Excell, of Chicago; The Hoffman Music Co., of Cleveland; Messrs. Myland & Kirk, of Ohio; Mrs. Joseph E. Knapp, Miss Pollard, Mr. J. E. Burke, Mr. I. Showalter, Mr. Hillyer, Dr. Steiner, Warren Collins, and others.
Still more especially are we indebted to Miss May Agnew and Miss Louise Shepard, who have given their time, toil and valuable musical experience to the arranging of these pieces and the superintendence of the publication.
Many of the imperfections and defects which may be found in this first edition are due to the haste, with which at the last, the volume was unavoidedly hurried through the press so as to be ready for the Old Orchard Convention of 1897. These, faults we trust, will be wholly removed from the later editions.