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SELECTION OF HYMNS,
THE PARISH CHURCH,
CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, ULVERSTON.
ORGANIST OF THE PARISH CHURCH.
The Editor of the following little work deems it expedient to offer a few explanatory remarks, in reference to the circumstances which have called it into existence.
In 1859, he published a Psalter, entitled “A Selection of Psalms, Hymns, and Chants,” upon the compilation of which he bestowed much time and trouble, in the hope that the work would pass into general circulation, and that, as the Psalms, Hymns, and Chants were sung at the Parish Church, and at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Ulverston, the congregations of those churches especially, would find the work peculiarly adapted to their requirements.
It was objected, however, that, as the music accompanied the words—thereby necessarily increasing its price--the volume was placed beyond the reach of the
poorer members of the congregations; and the Editor, being anxious that all classes of the community should be able to take part in the devotional exercise of singing the praises of the Almighty in the public Congregation, resolved to issue the Hymns without the music, at a price which should place the publication within the means of the humblest classes.
Whatever may be the merits or the demerits of the Selection, the Editor can safely say that he has undertaken his task conscientiously, unbiassed by any partyspirit, and uninfluenced by sectarianism. His sole object, throughout the undertaking, has been to collect from the writings of accredited authors, such Hymns as are adapted for public singing in Churches—such hymns, in fact, as fitly express what ought to be the feelings of every sincere and devout worshipper.
HYMN 1. Again the day returns of sacred rest, Which when He made the world Jehovah blest; When like His own, He bade our labours cease, And all be piety and all be peace. Let us devote this consecrated day, To learn His will, and all we learn, obey; In pure religion's hallow'd duties share, And join in penitence, and join in pray’r. So shall the God of mercy pleas'd receive, That only tribute man hath pow'r to give; So shall He hear while fervently we raise, Our choral harmony, in hymns of praise. Father of Heav'n! in whom our hopes confide, Whose pow'r protects us and whose precepts
guide; In life our guardian, and in death our friend, Glory supreme be Thine, till time shall end.
Ye angels, prostrate fall :
And crown Him Lord of all.