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It is humbly apprehended, that a grateful and affectionate address to the exalted Saviour of mankind, or a hymn in honour of the Eternal Spirit, cannot be disagreeable to the mind of God. To stigmatize such an act of devotion with the name of idolatry, is (to say the least) an abuse of language. It cannot be justly charged with derogating from the glory due to the ONE God and Father of all, because he is the ultimate object of the honour which is given to his Son and to his Spirit.
In this Selection, those Christians who do not scruple to sing praises to their Redeemer and Sanctifier, will find materials for such a sublime enjoyment; whilst others, whose tenderness of conscience may oblige them to confine their addresses to the Father only, will find no deficiency of matter suited to their idea of "the chaste and awful spirit of devotion."
BOSTON, MAY 10, 1795.
N. B. The characters denoting the sharp or flat key, are prefixed to each psalm or hymn at my request, by the Rev. Dr. MORSE, of Charlestown.
THE Hymns from the 300th to the end, are added to this edition, and have been selected by a successor of the Rev. Author. It is hoped that they will increase the value of the Collection, and will serve to cherish that spirit of genuine devotion which the whole work is eminently adapted to pro
PSALM I. Common Metre.
The Happiness of the Righteous and the Misery of the Wicked.
1 BLEST is the man who shuns the place
3 He, like a tree of gen'rous kind,
4 Green as the leaf, and ever fair
5 Not so th' impious and unjust;
6 Sinners in judgment shall not stand Among the sons of grace,
When Christ, the Judge, at his right hand Appoints his saints a place.
7 His eye beholds the path they tread,
PSALM II. Common Metre.
The Exaltation of Christ.
1 ATTEND, O earth, when God declares His uncontroll'd decree;
Thou art my Son, this day, my Heir, "Have I begotten thee.
2 "Upon my holy Zion's hill My King I thee ordain ;
"And though thy foes dispute my will, Thou shalt for ever reign.
3 "Ask and receive thy full demands,
66 The utmost limits of the lands
4 "Thy righteous sceptre thou shalt sway,
5 Be wise, ye princes, then; give ear,
6 Approach the Son with due respect,
7 If but in part his anger rise,
Who can endure the flame ?
PSALM II. Short Metre.
The Death, Resurrection and Glory of Christ.
2 The things so long foretold
3 Why did the Gentiles rage,
4 Rulers and kings agree
5 The Lord derides their rage,
6 He asks, and God bestows A vast inheritance;
Far as the earth's remotest ends