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The acknowledged want of a collection of Words of Anthems published in a cheap and convenient form, is, I think, a sufficient excuse for the appearance of the present work. It was originally compiled for the especial use of the Chapels of Queens', Corpus Christi, and other Colleges in the University of Cambridge; but in order to procure for it a more extensive sphere of usefulness, I have as much as possible adapted it to the requirements of an ordinary Parish Choir, inserting few Anthems that are beyond the reach of such a Choir, and carefully selecting those which appeared to me most suitable for this purpose. The revival of Choral Service in the Parish Churches throughout the country is so worthy an object, that I shall deem myself truly fortunate, should this little work in the smallest degree aid its extension. The Cathedrals, etc. being provided already with books of words which date from time immemorial, and which correspond with their greater musical power, I have not attempted to meet their requirements.

I have not arranged the Anthems in chronological order, as is I believe generally the custom in books of this description, because an alphabetical arrangement is evidently more useful and convenient.

I have moreover abstained from inserting anything in the way of short biographical accounts of Composers, because I think that, besides being always unsatisfactory, they tend rather to the entertainment than to the edification of worshippers in the House of God.

I take this opportunity of thanking Professor W. Sterndale Bennett, Mus. Doc, W. Amps, Esq., and other gentlemen, for their kindness in assisting me with contributions.

W. G. L.

Queens' College,
February 1857.


1 Job Xxii.

21 Acquaint thyself with God, and be at peace with Him:

22 And lay up His words in thine heart.

23 If thou return to the Almighty, put away iniquity from thee.

25, 26 Then shall He be thy defence, and thy delight:

27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He will hear thee.

29 The Lord will deliver the righteous, He will save the humble man.


2 Psalm C.

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His flock, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.

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