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as plain as possible, easy in their versification, and yet full of vigorous or moving spirit. On very impressive subjects, the austerest simplicity is doubtless preferable to the more brilliant style, which is too often sought after. I cannot say that I have not, at times, erred in some of these respects. There may be a few pieces too wild and sparkling for hymns; and others, again, that sink down towards prosaic flatness. . - The names of the authors, so far as I have been able to ascertain them, are prefixed. I had wished to insert the hymns just as their authors left them, only omitting such stanzas as were superfluous or objectionable. But after spending a considerable time in tracing them back to their original state, and finding that many, which were excellent on the whole, did absolutely require some changes, I concluded to take them in the best form in which I , could find them, and sometimes to venture my own hand at their improvement. But in every case of known alteration, (except bare omission,) I have been scrupulous to signify the fact by prefixing a star [*] to the author's name. As for the anonymous hymns, I could seldom determine what was their original state ; and in them, changes have been admitted or made, without notice. The alterations, after all, will be found, I think, to be much less, than in some compilations which make greater professions of adhering to the originals. The book is now humbly submitted, with an earnest prayer that it may prove an efficient aid to the spirit of devotion both in public and in private.

HOSEA BALLOU, 2d. Roxbury. February, 1837.

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Awake, our drowsy souls........................ 29 Away with our sorrow and fear............. . . . . . 490

BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne................ 1 Before the rosy dawn of day..................... 575 Before thy throne, eternal King.................. 550 Begin, my soul, th’ exalted lay ... ‘......” “... 78 Begin, my soul, the lofty strain.................. 83 Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme.......... 301 Behold my servant; see him rise ................ 198 Behold that wise, that perfect law................ 631 Behold, the blind their sight receive.............. 220 Behold, the lofty sky............................ 181 Behold the Savior on the cross................... 228 Behold the sure foundation-stone................. 258 Behold the woman’s promised seed .............. 197 Behold, what condescending love................ 54): Behold, what wondrous grace.................... 633 Behold, where, breathing love divine............. 223 Behold, where, in a mortal form................. 216 #join Göd, aliya lands of the earth........ [3 Beneath God’s terrors doomed to groan........... 555

Beneath our feet, and o'er our head.............. 464

Be with me, Lord, where’er I go................. 377 Bless God, ye servants that attend............... 37 “Blest are the meek,” he said.................... 438 Blest are the men of broken heart................ 403 Biest are the souls that hear and know ........... 283 Blest be the everlasting God..................... 477 Blest Instructer, — from thy ways................ 382 Blest is the man who fears the Lord.............. 572 Blest is the man whose heart expands............ 547 Blest Spirit, source of grace divine............... 359 Blow ye the trumpet, blow...................... 287 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning..... 206 Bright source of everlasting love................. 551 Bright was the guiding star that led.............. 207

CAN creatures to perfection find................. 97 Celestial worlds, your Maker’s praise............ 79 Christians, brethren, ere we part................. 566 Christ the Lord is risen to-day................... 235 Clay to clay, and dust to dust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... 560

Come, fellow-sinners, come away. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 622.

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