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prove offensive to our Brethren; and at the same time to preserve the sentiment of universal benevolence and grace unimpaired.
Equal caution has been maintained against the admission of any Hymn that would not afford instruction, or inspire a devotional feeling.
It is believed that the defects which are commonly the subjects of complaint in the different collections now used by our Societies, have been so far avoided in this Selection, as to entitle it, at least, to a fair and unprejudiced examination.
Should such examination be accompanied with the approbation of competent inspectors, it is believed that the faithful friends of truth will not withhold their patronage.
To heighten the enjoyments of public devotion, to promote uniformity in our Churches, and to impart instruction and comfort to the worshipper, has been the principal object of the following Selection.
With these views, the Compiler submits the following work to the perusal of his Brethren, and commends it to the blessing of that God, whose praise it is designed to promote on the earth.
N. B. The alphabetical arrangement of the Psalms and Hymns in this Book, with the Index, or table of first lines, is thought to be a sufficient guide for every purpose to which it will be applied, without the addition of an index to the subjects, which would swell the size and expense of the Volume.
Whenever alterations have been made to improve the stile, or correct the sentiment of the original, in this selection, they have not been signified,except in cases where the general features of the Hymns have been materially changed.
PSALMS AND HYMNS.
1. C. M.
The Lord's Day Morning.
1 AGAIN the Lord of life and light
2 O what a night was that which wrapp'd
3 This day be grateful homage paid,
4 Ten thousand diff'ring lips shall join
5 Jesus, the friend of human kind,
Behold, the tomb its prey resign!
Which for the sons of God remains ;
4 With joy, great God, thy works we view,
5 In holy duties, let the day,
How sweet this sabbath thus to spend,
5 L. M.
The Operations of Nature speak the Existence of God
1 ALL nature speaks, let men givé ear,
2 Behold the stars with brilliant light,
The glorious sun, whose gentle beams
4 Survey the whole capacious earth,
5 Behold the trees in verdure rise!
6 They all unite to speak his pow'r,
6. L. M.
Persecution and Intolerance, absurd.
1 ABSURD and vain attempt! to bind
2 Bold arrogance, to snatch from heaven,
3 Our blessed Master's law of love,
4 By proofs divine, and reasons strong,
50 happy, who are thus compell'd
9 Abide with us-to their request
10 Abide with us-amaz'd they cry,
11 Abide with us-thou heav'nly Friend,
9. L. M.
Rain of Heaven. Psa. lxxii. 6. Isa. lv. 10, 11,
2 Lands, that beneath a burning sky,
3 The dews and rains in all their store,
4 As in soft silence, vernal show'rs