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“It is hoped and strongly urged that the great chorales of the church will be taught to the very young, so that the strength and virility of this heritage may also be a part of their experience. Even though they may be able to learn only one stanza or a phrase or two, they will feel they can take part in congregational singing and have a sense of belonging. As a child is subjected to and experiences only the best in music, he will appreciate and enjoy only the best.”

Hymns and Songs for Church Schools, ed. Ruth Olson (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1962), vi.