In several cases it has been found desirable to give further selections from the works of general poets already represented in earlier volumes. These are poets whose religious verse bears a sufficient proportion to their general poetry, or is sufficiently characteristic to call for separate representation.
The Editors thanks are due to many authors and publishers, some of the former of whom have passed away since their assent was given to representation in this work. Of these, John Henry Newman, James Martineau, Horatius Bonar, John Stuart Blackie, and George MacDonald are the best known. The thanks of the Editor are due to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge for the use of the hymns of Anna Lætitia Waring in this volume, and for the lyrics of the late Christina Rossetti which appear in the subsequent volume; to the Religious Tract Society, also in this connection, for the hymns of George Rawson; to Messrs. Chatto & Windus for permission to include the poems of the late George MacDonald; to James Maclehose & Sons, the publishers of the several volumes of Dr. Walter C. Smith; to Messrs. Bell & Sons, the publishers of Adelaide Procters poems; to Messrs. Burns & Oates, the publishers of the late Edward Caswells Masque of Mary; and to Messrs. Houlston & Sons for the use of poems by Ada Cross, née Cambridge, and Sarah Doudney.
The Editor regrets that he has found it impossible to trace the proprietorship of the copyrights of some of the hymns included, and hopes that he may be forgiven if he has inadvertently trespassed upon rights of which he is unaware. In this connection he would cordially acknowledge his indebtedness to Dr. Julians invaluable Dictionary of Hymnology.
A. H. M.
NOTE:IN the prefatory note to the second edition of this work (1896) the Editor invited criticism with a view to the improvement of future editions. Several critics responded to this appeal, and their valuable suggestions have been considered in preparing this re-issue. In some cases the text has been revised and the selection varied; in others, additions have been made to complete the representation. The biographical and bibliographical matter has been brought up to date.