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TO THE RIGHT REVEREND THE BISHOPio, AND THE REVEREND THE CLERGY, OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THIS WORK IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED IBY
F ROM numerous and credible testimonies it appears that the usage of chanting the psalms and hymns of public worship obtained in the times of the apostles, and continued to be common to all Christian nations, until about two hundred and sixty years since, when it was, in several parts of Europe, more or less interrupted by the struggles of the reformation. It does not appear from any of the histories or tracts relative to the Church of England, that there was any difference between the psalmodic usage of the Cathedral, Collegiate, and Parochial Churches, until the year 1549, when some of the parish-churches began to discontinue the practice of chanting the psalms and hymns, and others to reject the use of music altogether in public worship. But notwithstanding a temporary interruption, occasioned by adversaries to primitive truth and order, prosaic psalmody was re-established after the lapse of a few years, and continues to be estimated as one of our mother-church's brightest Örnaments.
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