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Let ibe Word of CHRIST iwell in you richly in all Wif-
dem; leaching and admonishing one another in Psalıns,
your Hearts to ibe LORD. Col. iii. 16.
Songs, finging and making Meluvy in your Heart to the
LÖR D. Eph, v. 19.
and Riches, and Wildonn; and Strength, and Honour,
L O N D O, N :
P R E F A C E.
T is a true Observation I have
somewhere met with, that I there is no Párt of divine
Worship in which we more
resemble the Saints in Light than when we are singing the Praises of our God. As this is fo delightful an Exercise to all truly serious Perfons, I can't but think that every Attempt to render it as edifying as poflible, will be acceptable.
The Psalmist says, Pf. xlvii. 7. Sing ye Praises with Understanding. But this can not be done where the song aboundet! with Phrases, either abstruse in themselves or beyond the Capacities of the Generality.
Again, it must be allowed there are Matters of private Judgment and mere Opinion, concerning which it is far better to think and let think, than to dispute ; these should no appear, if by any means they can be avoid ed, in. a Book, chiefly designed for Socia Worship: for we cannot join as we ough in Teaching and admonishing one another ir Psalms and Hymns and spiritual Songs, i they are mix'd with any Subject Matter for Difference and Disputation.
Neither can any Plan for this, or indeed for any part of Worship he right, that is not laid upon the true Foundation for all the Praise that shall afcend unto our God, now and for ever, even CHRIST JESUS. THE RIGHTEOUS. In this Respect we must say, Other Foundation can no Man lay, than that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST, I Cor. iii. Cor, jii. 11.
Hence it is, that the Psalms of David are fo tranfcendently delightful ; they are full of CHRIST.. David tells us, Pf. xiv. 1.
His Tongue was the Pen of a ready Writer, because be Spake of the Things he made touching the King. And our Hymns, as well as our Prayers and Sermons, if not made touching this everlasting King, are no better than Nadab and Abihu's strange Fire, an Abomination to the LORD. Whatfo ver ye do
. in Wird or Deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving Thanks to GOD and the Father by Him, Col. iii. 17. .
Fir! then, I have endeavoured to select such Hymns, as may be most Useful for Edification in respect of Plainess and Simplicity of Expression. Not but too many wilt think I have not succeeded in this point, and that there are expressions here and there as abstruse as if they were written in Arabic. But let these Readers turn - to
i Cor. ii. 14. and there they will find the true Reason why they don't understand them, namely, because they are the very Words, or have a very near Relation to the very Words of that divine Book which was given by the Inspiration of the Spirit of GOD. In order to guide fuch, I have put Mar. ginal References where I have thought needful, to keep them, if haply they may be kept, from despising the Words of God himself, and ignorantly fall into the grievous Sin of ridiculing the Scriptures. But these may be also useful for others, and if rightly attended to, will point out many very edifying Paraphrases in various Parts of this Book upon the sacred Text.
2dly, I have endeavoured to avoid inserting any thing that could tend to doubta ful Disputations, therefore have contrived as far as possible in collecting this little Volume, to lay aside all those Notions about Non-Essentials, concerning which, the best People have and do differ, that with one Heart,, as well as one Voice, all Christians may join in the Praises of our common LORD I say all Christians, for Fundamentals there are we must insist upon, which if any Man doth not maintain and believe, We cannot allow him to be a Christian.