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FROM THE BEST AUTHORS,
A GREAT NUMBER OF ORIGIN/
INTENDED TO BE
THE THIRTIETH EDITION.
Names of the Tunes adapted to most of them,
17, Dover Place, New Kent Road,
· The Number of the Hymn always answers to the
. number of the page; thus .
Hymn 33 · · · · · · · Page 33
433 . . . . . . . -- 433 The Number that follows the Names of the Tunes refers
to Dr. Rippon's T’une Book ; thusHymn 6, Bedford 91—that is, T'une 91, in the Selection
of Tunes. The figures at the foot of the pages give the exact
Number of the Hymns, throughout the book, including the different Parts which belong to some of them.
The Hymns, Original and Selected, which are interspersed through this Edition, appear before the Religious Public with no higher ambition than of being, in some measure, of the humble and happy FAMILY, which, through the astonishing goodness of the God of Providence and Grace, have met the fayourable acceptance of more than TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND PERSONS, chiefly in this country; saying nothing of the numerous Editions through which the Work has passed in America.* This circumstance, unless “ myself is to myself unknown," I can.not - I dare not presume to mention, but with deep humility, and with unfeigned gratitude, in His presence with whom are, the issues of all our endeavours to promote his glory. And should he' be pleased, in his infinite condescension, yet to grant it a portion of the gracious notice with which he has to this day honoured the former Editions, his-glory shall be mingled with every Hosanna of the remaining station of the Wilderness; and then, with all the Hallelujahs of Saints and Angels in the Land of Songs, for ever.. glorious work of the blessed Spirit in the American Churches. The following is an Extract :--
* Just after the first edition of this Preface was printed, I received a pleasing letter from Philadelphia, informing me of the good acceptance of the Selection iu America, and of the
“ Your Selection of Hymns, apart from the Arrangement, has been dispersed through our States ;--about
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND. : “ It will afford you pleasure to know that Mr. Clark's stereotype edition of your Watts Arranged, and Rippon's Hymns, meets with such acceptance, and has so great circulation in this country. Mr. C. has just printed, in one volume, 4,700 copies of both.
“ There are very great revivals of religion in numerous parts of the country among almost all the various denomina. tions of Christians, but especially among the Methodists, Presbyterians, and Baptists. Large additions have been made to the latter during the present year. One Association in Kentucky, in the year ending in August, has received an accession of more than 2,600 Members. One Minister, in Georgia, has baptized more than 300 this year. The number of regular Calvinistic Baptists, in the United States, is about 275,900. The number of Churc!ies 3,900, and of
And now, in the language of a former Preface, With all the solemnity of an entire -Dedication, I commit the volume to Thy care, patronage, and special blessing, O thou jofipitely beautiful and bountiful Being ! to whom I am, of all the sons of Adam, peculiarly indebted ; beseeching thee, for the sake of my crucified and exalted Redeemer, to grant, “ That however weak and contemptible this "s work may seem in the eyes of the children “ of the world, and however imperfect it really " may be, as well as the author of it unworthy ; “it may, nevertheless, live before thee, and, .“ through a divine power, be mighty "'to lessen the miseries and to increase the holiness and bliss of multitudes, “in distant places, and “ in generations yet to come! Inpute it not “ O God, as a culpable ambition, if I desire “ that, whatever becomes' of my name, this “ work may be propagated far abroad; that “ it may reach to those who are yet unbora, " and teach them thy name and thy praise, “ when the author has long dwelt in the dust ; “ that so, when tre shall appear before thee in “ the great day of final accounts, his joy may “ be increased, and his crown brightened, by “ pumbers before unknown to each other and “ to him! But if this petition be too great to “ be granted to one who.pretends no claim to “ hope for being favoured with the least, give