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trinal importance. The sentiments, that the Deity required an expiring victim,by way of satisfaction to his justice ; that the death of Christ operated to cancel the debt which the sinner owed ; and that God died upon the cross and rose from the dead; these, though undoubtedly believed with sincerity by those who composed the hymns in which they are found, are considered as unsupported by revelation, and unapproved by reason ; and they are not GENERALLY believed in our societies. While selections have been cheerfully made from the works containing such sentiments, of hymns which appeared to possess claims to the devotional attention of Christians, those of the above description have been carefully omitted.
A large number of the hymns now used in the Universalist Societies in Boston, have been retained. Selections have been made from the Philadelphia hymn book, Watts's, Belknap's and Emerson's collections, and the hymns published some years since, at the request and by the direction of the General Convention of Universalists. With these selections a small number of original hymns have been incorporated.
While existing societies, believing in the common salvation,” are increasing in the number of their members, and new communities of the same faith are forming in various sections of the country, and possessing the privilege of Divine worship, a hope is entertained, that this compilation will contribute to aid, strengthen and animate the spirit of pure devotion. With this hope, the compilers commend the succeeding pages to the blessing of heaven, and to the patronage of their brethren.
HYMN 1. L. M.
Praise for providence. Mat. v. 45. Acts. xiv. 17. Psalm cxlv. 16.
HY ways, Lord, with wise design,
Are fram’d upon thy throne above,
Meets in the centre of thy love,
Poor mortals thine arrangements view,
And the mysterious just and true.
Though now they seem to roam voey'd,
They best and safest may abide.
But, trusting to thy piercing Eye,
Nor shall the weakest fail or die,
To lay ber reason at thy throne ;
The Excellence of Scripture. Tim. iii. 16. Rom. xv. 4.
FATHER of mercies, in thy word,
What endless glory shines !
For these celestial lines.
the wretched sons of want
And lasting as the mind.
And yields a free repast;
Invite the longiog taste.
Spreads beav'nly peace around;
Attend the blissful sound.
My ever dear delight;
And still increasing light.
Be thou for ever near ;
And view my Saviour there. Mrs. STEELE.
HYMN 3. C. M.
New bonours be address'd;
And makes the nations blest.
2 He spake the word to Abrain first,
His truth fulfils his grace ;
And learn his righteousness.
With all her diff'rent tongues ;
Io melody and songs.
HYMN 4. L. M.
First and Second Adam. Rom. v. 14. 1 Cor. xv. 21, 22.
ORD, what was man when made at first,
Adam, the offspring of the dust, That thou should'st set him and his race,
But just below an angel's place!
And make bim lord of all below;
And lay the fishes at his seet.
To crown the second Adam's state !
4 See bim below bis angels made:
See him in dust among the dead,
But be sball reign, with pow'r divine. 5 The world to come, redeem'd from all
The miseries that attend the fall,
HYMN 5. I.. M.
Christ and the Church. Psa. xlviii. 10. xlvii. 9. c. 4, 5.
Adorn' with majesty and grace!
And wins the nations to his love. 2 At his right baod, our eyes
Her robe of joy and righteousness.
He calls and seats her near his throne ;
The idols of thy native state.
In thee, the fav’rite of bis choice;
For he's thy Maker and thy Lord. 5 O happy hour, when thou shalt rise
To his fair palace in the skies !
Each like a prince in glory reign.
HYMN 6. Eights and Sevens Metre.
Consolation of Israel. Isa. xlix. 13. xl. 1, 2, Luke ii. 25, 26.
Born to set thy people free ;
Let us find our rest in Thee.