Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Four Volume Set

The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.


“. . . [The Sabbath Hymn Book] demonstrates the existence of the tensions within American congregational song, a competition, of sorts, between the influences of the “classical” hymnodists from outside the United States–the likes of Isaac Watts, Philip Doddridge, Charles Wesley, Reginald Heber, James Montgomery, John Keble, et al–and the attempts by native American hymnodists to anchor their congregational hymnody to the theological needs and liturgical interests of American worshipers.” – Dr. Samuel Rogal, Illinois Valley Community College

Table of Contents

Volume I:
Preface to the 2008 Edition
Introduction to the 1858 Edition
Book 1. Hymns Specifically Appropriate to Various Acts and Times of Worship (Hymns 1-95)
Book 2. Hymns Pertaining to the Being, the Attributes, and the Works of God (Hymns 96-242)
Book 3. Hymns Pertaining to the God-Man (Hymns 243-446)
Book 4. Hymns Pertaining to God the Holy Spirit (Hymns 447-466)
Volume II:
Book 5. Hymns Pertaining to the Trinity (Hymns 467-478)
Book 6. Hymns Pertaining to the Holy Scriptures (Hymns 479-491)
Book 7. Hymns Pertaining to the Sinfulness and the Regeneration of Man (Hymns 492-573)
Book 8. Hymns Pertaining to Christian Virtues (Hymns 574-996)
Volume III:
Book 9. Hymns Pertaining to the Privileges to the Christian (Hymns 997-1016)
Book 10. Hymns Pertaining to Visible Christians: The Church (Hymns 1017-1075)
Book 11. Hymns Pertaining to Objects of Special Interest to the Christian (Hymns 1076-1139)
Book 12. Hymns Pertaining to Times and Occasions (Hymns 1140-1161)
Book 13. Hymns Pertaining to the Human Lot as Mortal (Hymns 1162-1219)
Book 14. Hymns Pertaining to the Human Lot as Immortal (Hymns 1220-1290)
Book 15. Doxologies
Book 16. Selections for Chanting (1-58)
Classification of Hymns
Alphabetical Index of Subjects
Index of Subjects of Selections of Chanting
Volume IV:
Index of Passages of the Scriptures
Index of First Lines of Hymns
Index of First Lines and Stanzas
Index of Authors and Translators
General Index
Sources Cited and Consulted
a. Hymn Collections
b. Primary and Secondary Sources