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Hymns of Dawn (Classic)
“A bending staff I would not break,
A feeble faith I would not shake,
Nor even rudely pluck away
The error which some truth may stay,
Whose sudden loss might leave without
A shield against the shafts of doubt.”
To the King of Kings and Lord of lords:
This Work is Dedicated.
“To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the begin-
ning of the world hath been hid in God.” “Wherein he hath abounded
toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us
the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He
hath purposed in Himself; that in the dispensation of the
fulness of the times he might gather together in one, all
things, under Christ.” –Eph. 1:8-10; Eph.. 3:4, 5, 9
Copyright 1902
Necessity is the best of all reasons. A necessity seems to call for just such a volume of
hymns and poems as the one here presented, and therefore it is.
Grand truths are made yet grander and more beautiful as smoothly and soothingly they flow
in rhymes; and for family worship, and for social public gatherings of the Lord’s children, nothing
can be much more profitable to them or more pleasing to our Lord than united prayer and praise in
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs – singing and making melody unto the Lord from the heart.
True, there are already many collections of poems and of hymns, most of which contain
some that are grand and beautiful, and some might therefore question the necessity of a new
collection. Collections in General, however, contain much more than chaff than of golden grain;
and each collection seems to have omitted many of the choicest and to have included the
undesirable. Hence it seemed to us expedient, and the Lord’s will, to prepare this fresh collection.
From it we have endeavored to leave out all chaff; and though we cannot hope that we have herein
garnered all the worthy grain, we certainly have winnowed very carefully and have found and
brought together a collection which in our judgment is without an equal, and just what God’s
consecrated children will rejoice to see.
It will be observed that the hymns selected generally represent the attitude of truly
consecrated believers, whose sins have been forgiven, and not of unbelievers and sinners desiring
to find God and obtain forgiveness. We regard it as improper for any to take the Lord’s praise into
his mouth until he has believed, and hence until forgiven. (See Psa. 50:16.) We believe, too, that it
is very unbecoming to the Lord’s saints to take the attitude of sinners, and to sing, for instance –
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God his wrath forbear;
Me, the chief of sinners spare?” –
And many of the same stamp. And it seems equally improper that a hymn should be addressed and
sung to sinners , as –
“Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,” –
when the idea should be that of worship to the Lord—praise, prayer and thankfulness. Hence none
of the usual revival hymns are included in this collection, which is strictly what its name indicates –
Poems and Hymns of the Dawn – for the Bride, and for all the Redeemed.
Not fettered by sectarian boundary lines, we have gathered from everywhere – from the
Methodist and the Presbyterian Hymnals, from Winnowed Hymns, from the Gospel Hymns
Consolidated, from the Jubilee Harp, and from others a few. As these hymns and poems are read,
and it will be noticed that though written under varying circumstances, and some of them centuries
apart, the one holy Spirit of the one Master must have more or less controlled and inspired the
noble and beautiful truths and sentiments expressed. (We do not mean a plenary inspiration, such
as we attribute to the prophets and apostles, but an inspiration resulting from a familiarity and
sympathwith the plenary inspriations and teachings of the Scriptures.)
While some of these poems have been altered somewhat to bring them into full harmony
with the yet clearer light of the “harvest” time, the intelligent reader will be impressed with the
thought that though these poets believed themselves to belong to the various sects, yet really they
were all of the one church , partakers of the one spirit, taught by the one Lord.
We have not affixed the names of the writers to each poem, for two reasons: first, because
we cannot surely know the authorship of all of them; and second, because we could not know
whether the authors would in every instance like to have their names attached on account of the
alterations made. Our decision has therefore been to mention the authors’ names, so far as known,
only in the Index, and there to indicate by a mark (*) which have been altered. This arrangement
we trust will be agreeable to many and offensive to none.
The poems not set to music we have place first in order and have arranged them, so far as
possible, to tell the story of God’s plan for man’s salvation and of the believers’ faith and growth in
grace and trust connectedly.
The hymns, it will be notices, are arranged in alphabetical order. We trust that this will
prove a convenience to all who may use the book, as it will save time and annoyance in searching
an index. Tunes suitable to the hymns are indicated at the head of each, so far as possible, and as
often as possible the numbers of the same in either Winnowed Hymns, Gospel Hymns
Consolidated, the Epworth Hymnal, Songs of Pilgrimage or Jubilee Harp, which are indicated by
the abbreviations W. H., G. H., S. P. and J. H. Where a number meet together one copy each, of
the above named books would be convenient for the sake of the music.
Those who will feel the deepest interest in this collection, and whose sentiments will be
most fully voiced in its verses, will undoubtedly be those in fullest degree of sympathy with the
divine plan of the ages, as set forth in the several volumes of MILLENNIAL DAWN, the eyes of
whose understandings have been opened to the clearer, purer light now shining from our great
Redeemer’s cross, showing the fullness and the completeness of his salvation.
In fact, this volume, while not numbered as one of the volumes of the Millennial dawn
series, is designed to be a companion volume, a melodious accompaniment to the “new song,” “the
song of Moses and the Lamb” (the grand harmony of the law and the gospel), as presented in the
regular Dawn series.
Let the music of God’s good and great plan ring through your hearts and lives, dear fellow-
pilgrims and fellow-members of the “royal priesthood,” so that every day and every hour shall be
filled with joy and praise and thankfulness. And that this little volume may assist in deepening the
work of grace in your hearts is our object and our prayer in its preparation.
With grateful thankfulness to our Lord and Master who has blessed me and the work thus, I
acknowledge the very valuable assistance of my life-companion and faithful co-laborer in the
editing of this volume, and pray blessing upon all who use the book similar to that we have enjoyed
in its compilation.
Most respectfully,
Your servant in Christ,
Allegheny, PA, USA
Abide, Sweet Spirit
Abide, sweet Spirit, heav'nly Dove,
With light and comfort from above;
Be thou our guardian, thou our guide;
O'er ev'ry thought and step preside.
To us the light of truth display,
And make us know and choose thy way;
Plant holy fear in ev'ry heart,
That we from God may ne'er depart.
Lead us in holiness, the road
Which we must keep to dwell with God;
Lead us in Christ, the living way;
Nor let us from his pastures stray.
Teach us in watchfulness and prayer
To wait for thine appointed hour;
And fit us by thy grace to share
The triumphs of thy conq'ring pow'r.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him alout with heart and voice,
And always in his Son rejoice.
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