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H Y M N S,
For The use of the
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,
REv. JOHN WESLEY, M. A.
REVISED AND corrected,
witH THE TITLEs of APPROPRIATE TUNEs, AND THE con-
WITH A SUPPLEMENT.
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live : I will sing praise
unto my God while I have my being.”............... Psa., civ. 33.
PUBLISHED BY B. waugh AND T. MAsoN,
J. Collord, Printer.
ENTERED according to the act of Congress, in the
year 1836, by B.WAugh and T. MAson, in the Clerk's
Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.
THE Hymnbook heretofore in use among us, has been thought by many to be defective, partly on account of the mutilated state of many of the hymns, and partly because of its being divided into two books. To remedy these inconveniencies, measures have been adopted to prepare a revised edition of our Hymnbook, such a one as should exclude the defects and retain the excellencies of the one heretofore published. This revised edition we now present to you.
The greater part of the hymns contained in the former selection are retained in this, and several from Wesley's and Coke's collections, not before published in this country, are added. The principal improvements which have been made, consist in restoring those which had been altered, as was believed for the worse, to their original state, as they came from the poetical pen of the Wesleys; for the following hymns were except a few which have been taken from other authors, composed by the Rev. John, and Charles Wesley : names that will ever be held dear and in high estimation by every lover of sacred poetry. The following hymns, arranged under their appropriate heads, were submitted to our General Conference, approved by that body, and ordered for publication.
In presenting this revised Hymnbook to you for your use, we humbly trust that we are putting into your hands one of the choicest selections of evangelical hymns, suitable for private devotion as well as for family, social, and public worship, by which you will be much aided in the performance of these important parts of Divine service.
We are the more delighted with this design as no personal advantage is concerned, but the public good alone.—For after the necessary expenses of publication are discharged, we shall make it a noble charity, by applying the profits arising therefrom to religious and charitable purposes.
No motive of a sinister nature has therefore influenced us in any degree to publish this excellent compilation. As the profits of the former editions have been scrupulously applied as above, so the same appropriation of the profits of the present shall be conscientiously observed. We must, therefore, earnestly entreat you, if you have any respect for the authority of the Conference, or of us, or any regard for the prosperity of the Church of which you are members and friends, to purchase no Hymnbooks but what are pub
lished by our own Agents, and signed with the names of your Bishops. And as we intend to keep a constant supply, the complaint of our congregations, “that they cannot procure our Hymnbooks,” will be stopped. We exhort you to sing with the spirit and with the understanding also ; and thus may the high praises of God be set up from east to west, from north to south; and we shall be happily instrumental in leading the devotion of thousands, and shall rejoice to join you in time and eternity. We are, dear Brethren, Your faithful pastors in Christ, ROBERT R. ROBERTS, JOSHUA SOULE,