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    With Text in the Cherokee Language

    [Samuel A. Worcester, editor]. The Cherokee Singing Book. Boston: American Board of Commissioners For Foreign Missions, 1846.

    First edition. Oblong octavo. 86 pages.

    Publisher's salmon boards with wear and soiling. Boards detaching. Library stamps on front pastedown and title page. Library labels on front board. Foxing to pages. Text in Cherokee. A good copy of this fragile volume.

    The first sixteen pages of the text concern musical instruction; the remaining pages contain a collection of psalms and hymns.

    From Charlotte Heth's Smithsonian essay: "In 1846 the Cherokee Singing Book, conceived and compiled by Samuel A. Worcester with the help of Lowell Mason, was published in Boston with four-part harmonic settings and Cherokee texts. A close check of these tunes with those used today by the Cherokees in Oklahoma shows no correspondence. Although many of the tunes in the singing book are used by Cherokees (such as "Old Hundred"), the texts associated with them are different from those proposed by Worcester in 1846."

    Ruth Ellis Messenger writes: "The most interesting of the Cherokee hymn books published by Worcester and the Indian Boudinot appeared in 1846 shortly after the death of Worcester. Its title, The Cherokee Singing Book, does not identify it as a hymn book nor are the names of Worcester or Boudinot mentioned."

    Heth, 1992 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife Program Guide. Messenger. The Papers of The Hymn Society XIV - Latin Hymns of The Middle Ages. Pilling, Bibliography of the Eskimo Language, page 42.

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