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and though, perhaps, in the judgment of some, they have not, in every instance, been substituted by hymns of greater merit, yet we can confidently approve this Revised Copy; and we do, most cordially, recommend it as a greatly improved and standard edition of the Methodist Hymn Book. We congratulate you, brethren, on having now such a Book as, from the number, variety, and adaptation of its hymns, will not require another revision for generations to come.

In presenting to you this Standard Hymn Book, we believe that we are putting into your hands one of the choicest selections of evangelical Hymns for Private Devotion, as well as for Family, Social, and Public Worship. We are gratified also to add, that no mercenary ends are sought in this publication; for after the necessary expenses are met, its avails, if any, will be sacredly devoted to charitable and religious objects, as were the profits of the former edition. We urge you, therefore, by your regard for our Church, and for the authority of the General Conference, to purchase only such Methodist Hymn Books as are published by our Agents, and have the names of your Bishops.

We exhort you, dear brethren, to sing with the spirit, and with the understanding also; and we shall rejoice to join you in time and in eternity. Your affectionate pastors in Christ,

New-York, May, 1849.





After a careful examination by the Editors and Book Committee, the following resolution was unanimously adopted, at a joint meeting in New-York, May 4, 1849:

Whereas, We believe the Revised Hymn Book, as a whole, will be found, in view of its objects, superior to any other in the English language, therefore

Resolved, That in our judgment the thanks of the Church are due to the Committee to Revise the Hymn Book, for their faithful and judicious labours; and especially to the Rev. James Floy, D. D., and to Mr. Robert A. West, upon whom, as a sub-committee, the principal part of the actual labour has devolved.





C. M.

General Invitation to praise the Redeemer.
FOR a thousand tongues, to sing
My great Redeemer's praise;

The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace.

2 My gracious Master, and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,-

To spread, through all the earth abroad,
The honours of thy Name.

3 Jesus! the Name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
'Tis music in the sinner's ears,

"Tis life, and health, and peace.

4 He breaks the power of cancell'd sin,
He sets the pris'ner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood avail'd for me.

5 He speaks, and, list'ning to his voice, New life the dead receive;

The mournful, broken hearts rejoice;
The humble poor believe.

6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosen'd tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy.


S. M.

The song of Moses and the Lamb.


Of Moses and the Lamb;

Wake, every heart and every tongue,
To praise the Saviour's Name.
2 Sing of his dying love;

Sing of his rising power;
Sing how he intercedes above

For those whose sins he bore.
3 Ye pilgrims, on the road
To Zion's city, sing;
Rejoice ye in the Lamb of God,-
In Christ, the' eternal King.
4 Soon shall we hear him say,-
Ye blessed children, come;
Soon will he call us hence away,
To our eternal home.

5 There shall each raptured tongue
His endless praise proclaim;

And sweeter voices tune the
Of Moses and the Lamb.


The Heavenly Guest.


C. M.

COME, common Saviour praise:

(OME, let us who in Christ believe,

To him, with joyful voices, give
The glory of his grace.

2 He now stands knocking at the door
Of every sinner's heart:

The worst need keep him out no more,
Or force him to depart.

3 Through grace we hearken to thy voice, Yield to be saved from sin;

In sure and certain hope rejoice,

That thou wilt enter in.

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