(To the Second Edition.)
The Hymns are given in the same order in the following reprint as in the preceding smaller edition, in order to prevent confusion with the corresponding volume of music adapted to it. The feature of novelty in the present edition is the addition of a select number of fresh Hymns that have become popular and well known.
The Hymns contained in this collection are, with but few exceptions, the production of living Catholic authors, and a large proportion of them are original. The few poems to which no author's name is affixed have been selected from different Catholic Hymn-books in use in the dioceses of the United States of America. These have been carefully revised, and in some instances cast into an almost entirely new form. One or two well-known hymns of Father Faber have, with the author's permission, been varied slightly, for the sake of the tune, from the original text. The Hymns for "The Assumption," "May Jesus Christ be praised!" "Divine Grace," "The Last Farewell," come from the pen of the Rev. Father Caswall, and the "Hymn for the Month of May" from the pen of Dr. Newman. The Editors also feel a pleasure in being allowed to add, that the poems of this collection, and also of the Catholic Sacred Songs, signed "Sister M. J." in the table of contents, are due to the talent and piety of a member of the Convent of Sisters of Mercy in Charleville, in the County of Cork.