[PREFACE]

DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS

    Many Pastors, Superintendents and Teachers think that we who have made the Sunday School songs have not been careful enough to have our words and music honor and reverence the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, in this book, we have eneavored to de better in this respect.

    Let us, dear friends, try not only to feel the tenderness and affection due to Hum as our only and most blessed Redeemer and Savior, but let us us also remember that He is the "Mighty God and the Everlasting Father," as well as "the Prince of Peace."

    There will be found in various parts of this book a number of pieces printed near each other that may be sung in connection, thus forming a kind of musical service. These usually consist of first, a prepatory hymn, then a chant, anthem or hymn of worship, and to conclude with, a hymn or song having reference to the duties of the day.

    The pieces consisting of alternate song and recitation, are not only intended for the exercises of the Sunday School, but may be pleasantly used at Sunday School concerts and on other unusual occasions. If the recitations are commited to memory, and repeated, either by all, or in turn by classes or individuals, it is believed they will not only be of present use, but will, to many, be "fountains of living water springing up unto everlasting life."

    The pieces to be produced with wome action or dramatic effect are of course exclusively for convert purposes.

    An index of subjects, which will be found in the last part of the book, will aid any one who wishes to find a hymn appropriate to any particular lesson or occasion.

G F. R.

    All the music, and nearly all of the words of the "Prize," are copyright property, and cannot lawfully by printed by any one in any form without permission.

ROOT & CADY.


Entered according to Act of Congress, A. D. 1870, by ROOT & CADY, in the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of Illinois.