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orous or moving spirit. On very impressive subjects, the austerest simplicity is doubtless preferable to the more brilliant style which is too often sought after. I cannot say that I have not, at times, erred in some of these respects. There may be a few pieces too wild and sparkling for hymns; and others, again, that sink down towards prosaic flatness.

The names of the authors, so far as I have been able to ascertain them, are prefixed. I had wished to insert the hymns just as their authors left them, only omitting such stanzas as were superfluous or objectionable. But after spending a considerable time in tracing them back to their original state, and finding that many, which were excellent on the whole, did absolutely require some changes, I concluded to take them in the best form in which I could find them, and sometimes to venture my own hand at their improvement. But in every case of known alteration, (except bare omission,) I have been scrupulous to signify the fact by prefixing a star [*] to the author's name. As for the anonymous hymns, I could seldom determine what was their original state ; and in them, changes have been admitted or made, without notice. The alterations, after all, will be found, I think, to be much less, than in some compilations which make greater professions of adhering to the originals.

The book is now humbly submitted, with an earnest prayer that it may prove an efficient aid to the spirit of devotion both in public and in private.

Roxbury. February, 1837. HoseA BALLOU, 20.

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Hymn. ABIDE with us,the evening shades .......... . 233 Absurd and vain attempt, to bind

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. Affliction is a stormy deep. .::.....

......... 587 Again our ears have heard the voice ....

• ... 44 Again the Lord of life and light ......

.......... 21 Ah, wretched souls that strive in vain

... 443 A King shall reign in righteousness ...

..... 246 All hail the power of Jesus' name ...

.. 236 All nature dies and lives again . ....

..480 All-powerful, self-existent God ....

. . . . . 111 All-seeing God, 'tis thine to know ...

• • • ... ... 602 All ye nations, praise the Lord ......

. . ....... 70 Almighty Father, gracious Lord ...

. .. .. .... 155 Almighty God, in humble prayer . ... ........ 401 Almighty God, thy wondrous works .. ........ 123 Almighty Lord, before thy throne..

......513 Almighty Maker, Lord of all ......

. . 378 Almighty Maker of my frame .....

... 460 Aloud we sing the wondrous grace . i.

..278 Am I an Israelite indeed .......

. . 445 Amidst unsatisfied desires . ......

. 412 And can my heart aspire so high. ...

.. 394 And is the gospel peace and love. ...

275 Angels, roll the rock away.....

......232 Another six days' work is done ...... As parched in the barren sands' ..............596 As showers on meadows newly mown ........... 288 As the sweet flower, which scents the morn.

..... .586 A voice from the desert comes awful and shrill .......212 Awake, and sing the song ................. 238 Awake, my soul, in joyful lays . ..............237 Awake, my soul, lift up thine eyes ............. 414 Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve

... 415 Awake, our drowsy souls .........

... 29 Away with our sorrow and fear ...... . . . . . . . . 490

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Hymn.
Before the rosy dawn of day...........
Before thy throne, eternal King, ........

. . . . . . . . 550

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Begin, my soul, th' exalted lay .

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Begin, my soul, the lofty strain ............. • 83
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme ...

. . ......301
Behold my servant; see him rise

. .....198
Behold that wise, that perfect law ...... .....631
Behold, the blind their sight receive ....

. . .....220
Behold, the lofty sky :..........

...... 181
Behold the Savior on the cross ......

......228
Behold the sure foundation-stone . ....

..... 258
Behold the woman's promised seed ...

. ..... 197
Behold, what condescending love. .....

...... 541
Behold, where, breathing love divine . ...

....... 632

... 223
Behold, where, in a mortal form ::.:.:..

.216
Be joyful in Gód, all ye lands of the earth ....

. . . . . . . . 2
Beneath God's terrors doomed to groan, ...

..555
Beneath our feet, and o'er our head. ....

....464
Be with me, Lord, where'er I go : .....

... 377
Bless God, ye servants that attend .....

... 37
'Blest are the meek,' he said ......

... 438
Blest are the men of broken heart ....

.... 405
Blest are the souls that hear and know ..

..283
Blest be the everlasting God ........

• 477
Blest Instructer,—from thy ways. .....
Blest is the man who fears the Lord

..... 382

· · · · · ...... . 572
Blest is the man whose heart expands

. . 547
Blest Spirit, source of grace divine ......

.. 359
Blow ye the trumpet, blow ..:::::......... 287
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning ........ 206
Bright source of everlasting love . . ......... ... 551
Bright was the guiding star that led

. . . . . . . . . . . 207

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CAN creatures to perfection find ....... ....... 97
Celestial worlds, your Maker's praise

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.... . . . . 79
Christians, brethren, ere we part ......

..566
Christ the Lord is risen to-day ........
Clay to clay, and dust to dust ........

. . . . . . . 560
Come, fellow-sinners, come away....

. . 622
Come, hither, all ye weary souls . ....

291
Come, holy Spirit, heavenly Dove ....

. 371
Come, let us join our cheerful songs ....

. .240
Come, said Jesus' sacred voice . .....

. 298
Come, sing a Savior's power. .:::..

. . 265
Come, sinners, saith the mighty God...

. 332
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast .....

. . . . . . . 294
Come, sound his praise abroad. ..... . .. . .
Come, thou almighty King ................
Come, thou desire of all thy saints . ............ 540

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Come, thou long-expected Jesus ...

cled Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Come to the house of prayer . .

yer . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. 16
Come, ye that love the Lord . .:.

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Come, ye who know the Savior's love ....

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DAUGHTER of Zion, from the dust . .
Dear Lord, behold thy servants here ............549
Dismiss us with thy blessing, Lord ............ 45

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EARLY, my God, without delay...

. . . . . . . . . 32
Ere mountains reared their forms sublime
Eternal and immortal King .....

..110
Eternal God, almighty Cause .....
Eternal Power, almighty God .......

... 89
Eternal Power, whose high abode ...

. 109
Eternal Source of every joy ......

... 101

... 499
Eternal Spirit, source of light .....
Eternal Spirit, 'twas thy breath ....

• • .... 372

........ . 193
Eternal Wisdom, thee we praise ·

.. 170
Exalted Prince of Life, we own. ....
Exalt the Lord our God :...........

....... 243

...... 123
FAITH adds new charms to earthly bliss....
Faith, hope, and love now dwell on earth

..... 423
Fallen is thy throne, O Israel, . ....

.. 624
Far as thy name is known .....
. . . . . . . . . . .

. 315
Far from my thoughts, vain world, be gone...

... ......419
Far from these scenes of night. ....

. . . . . . . . . . . .486
Father adored in worlds above. ..

.. 355
Father divine, thy piercing eye . ..........
Father, how wide thy glory shines .....

..577

. . . . . . . 327
Father, is not thy promise pledged ..
Father of all, omniscient Mind ......

......... 302
Father of all, whose powerful voice

..113

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Father of angels and of men, ......

124

.. 85
Father of light, conduct my feet ....

.. 385
Father of lights, we sing thy name ...

..494
Father of mercies, God of love. ....
Father of mercies, in thy word . .....

.... 383
Father of mercies, send thy grace

.... . 188

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Father of our feeble race

........553

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Father, thy paternal care ......

..... 349
Father whate'er of earthly bliss....

.... 580

..380
Forgiveness ! 'tis a joyful sound ....
Forgive us, for thy mercy's sake .....

....... 333
Frequent the day of God returns ...

• • • • ... 386
Friend after friend departs

... 25

...............473
From all that dwell below the skies ............ 71
From Greenland's ic ountains. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

..627
From North and South, from East and West ........ 322

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Hymn.
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534
From worship now thy church dismiss ........... 42
GIVE to our God immortal praise ....

..... ... 153
Give to the winds thy fears .......
Glorious things of thee are spoken ...

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Glory be to God on high ........

.... 64
Glory to God on high .........

... 244
God, in the gospel of his Son .....

.. .....191
God is a name my soul adores .....

...... 91
God is a spirit just and wise ......

..... 346
God is my strong salvation .....

426
God is our Refuge in distress .....

....... 142
God is the Refuge of his saints . ...

. . .. .. ....... 143
God moves in a mysterious way....

130
God, my supporter and my hope ....

.... 366
God of eternity, from thee ........ ....... 457
God of mercy and of wisdom ......

548
God of mercy, God of love. ...... .......... 338
God of my childhood and my youth.

403
God of my life, through all its days. ...

... 51
God of my life, whose gracious power

... 146
God of our fathers, 'tis thy hand . ....

554
God of our salvation, hear us .....

.. . . .. .. ..... 48
God of the morning, at whose voice


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• • • • ....... 574
God of the year, with songs of praise . ..

. .. . ....... 496
God reigns; events in order flow.....

127
God, to correct the world ........

. . 135
God, who is just and kind ..:.....

379
Go, preach the gospel, Jesus cries ....

523
Go to dark Gethsemane. :::....

... 276
Grace ! 'tis a charming sound .....

... 329
Great Cause of all things, Source of life

172
Greatest of beings, Source of life . ....

125
Great Father of mankind ..:::...

..527
Great Framer of unnumbered worlds ...

..510
Great God, attend while Zion sings ..

. . . . . . . . .. .. 13
Great God, at whose all-powerful call..

. . 497
Great God, beneath whose piercing eye. ...

... 507
Great God, how infinite art thou ....... ....... . 103
Great God, indulge my humble claim

.. 31
Great God, in vain man's narrow view ..

. . 96
Great God of nations, now to thee ....

..506
Great God of providence, thy ways. ....

.. 129
Great God of wonders, all thy ways....

.. 334
Great God, the heavens' well-ordered frame.

.. 174
Great God, this sacred day of thine ............ 23
Great God, wert thou extreme to mark ........... 330
Great God, we sing that mighty hand ........... 505
Great God, with wonder and with praise .......... 182

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