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of those Persons who admire them for their Antiquity.
It has often given me Pain to see the moft noble and exalted Part of divine Worship so much neglected, fo ill performed, or the Words fa injudiciously chofen. For certainly we never fo much refemble the Inhabitants of the heavenly World, as when we are joining together with one Heart and one Voice in finging the Praises of our Creator and our God. I bebeld, and I heard the Voice of many Angels round about the Throne, and the Beafts, and the Elders; and the Number of them was ten thousand Times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; laying with a loud Voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was flain, to receive Power, and Riches, and Wif dom, and Strength, and Honour, and Glory, and Bleffing. And every Creature which is in Heaven, and on the Earth, and under the Earth, and fuch
as are in the Sea, and all that are in them, beard I, faying, Bleffing, and Honour, and Glory, and Power, be unto him that fitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Such is the happy Employment of the Saints in Light! Let us ftudioufly learn to emulate their elevated Strains. Our Debt of Duty and Gratitude is probably greater even 'than theirs. Let us then strive to fing with all our Might, with the Spirit, and with the Underftanding alfo. Brifk, folemn, lively Tunes, are best adapted to awaken holy Affections. Avoid therefore fuch as are light, frothy and fantastic; and let all the Congrega tion join together in one grand Chorus. Such Words, fuch Tunes, fuch Singing as leaves us dull, ftupid, and languid, anfwer no valuable End whatever. They are neither pleafing to God, nor profitable to Man.
But fuch as raise our Affections, car ry us beyond ourselves, and brin all Heaven before our Eyes, thef are the Tunes, this is the Singing which is best calculated to anfwe the Purposes of divine Harmony.
"I could heartily with, fays the pious and judicious Addifon, ther "was the fame Application and En❝deavours to cultivate and improve "our Church Mufic, as have been lately bestowed on that of the "Stage. Our Compofers have one very great Incitement to it: They "are fure to meet with excellent "Words, and at the fame Time, "a wonderful Variety of them. "There is no Paffion that is not finely expreffed in thofe Parts of "the infpired Writings, which are proper for divine Songs and An❝thems.
"There is a certain Coldness and « Indifference in the Phrafes of our
"European Languages, when they "are compared with the oriental "Forms of Speech; and it happens very luckily, that the Hebrew I"dioms run into the English "Tongue with a particular Grace e "and Beauty. Our Language has "received innumerable Elegancies and Improvements, from that "Infufion of Hebraifms, which are "derived to it out of the poetical Paffages in holy Writ. They give "a Force and Energy to our Ex"preffion, warm and animate our "Language, and convey our "Thoughts in more ardent and « intenfe Phrases, than any that "s are to be met with in our own Tengue. There is Something fo pathetick in this Kind of Diction," " that it often fets the Mind in a "Flame, and makes our Heart burn within us. How cold and dead "does a Prayer appear, that is