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DISTRIOT CLERK'S OFFICE.

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BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the sixteenth day * L. S. * of November, A. D. 1818, and in the forty-third year of

* the Independence of the United States of America, ***

** JAMES M. WINCHELL, of the said District, has de. posited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he clailus as Proprietur, in the words following, to wit:

“ An Arrangeinent of the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. To which are added, Indexes, very much enlarged and iuproved, to facilitate the use of the whole in finding Pia ing or Hymns suited to partieujar subjects or occasions. By JAMES M. WINCHELL, A. M. Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Boston."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled,

in Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of'Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an Act, entitled, “An Lct supplementary to an Act, entitied, An Act for the Encouragement vi Learning, by securing the Cojács of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Tuthors and Propri tors of such Topics, during the times therein men. jioned ; and extending the Bunetits thereof to the Arts of Designing, En graving and Elchig Historical, and other Prints."

INO. W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District

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W343 TO THOSE WHO USE THIS ARRANGEMENT.
1920

'The first number, is the number of the Arrangement, opposite to which is

the number of the Psalm or Hymn in the corninon edition of Watts. Thus,

169 of the Arrangement, is the 189 page; and the 94th Hymn 2d Book

C. M.in Watts. St. Anns, and Abridge, the names of tunes in which it may
be sung. The sharp * is added to denote the key, and to assist in the
xelection of other appropriate tunes.

Particular Directions to Ministers and others who take

the lead in public or family Worship.

1. In giving out a Psalın or Hymn where the Arrangeinent is used exclu.

sively, it will be necessary to mention the number of the Arrangement only.

2. Where the common edition of Watts is principally used, the number of
the Arrangement may be onnitted.

3, Where the Arrangement and the common editions are used promiscu-

ously, it will be necessary to mention the numbers of both in the following

order.

139th Psalm 1st Part. L. M. being the 40th of the Arrangement.

35th Hymu 2d Book C, M. 213th of the Arrangement.

By a carefui observance of the above directions, all confusion or inconvent
ience in the use of thiş Arrangement will be avoided.

THE Psalms and Hymns of the Rev. Dr. Watts are so generally esteemed and so exten-

sively circulated, that any apology is deemed unnecessary for this attempt to facilitate
the 'use of them. Owing to their promise yous position in the common editions, and also to
the extreme deficiency of the Indexes, the use of them has long been attended with many
inconveniences, especially to those leading in pubiic worship. These inconveniences have sug:
gested to many persons, the propriety of an arrangement of the whoie, into distinct sections
or chapters, according to the different subjects of which they treat, interspersing the Psalms
and Hymns in one book. Such an arrangement was successfuliy attempted, some years since,
by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, of London ; which met with so great encouragement, as to require
four editions in the short space of four years. From his labours, it is just to acknowledge,
much assistance has been derived in preparing this American edition.

Dr. Watts, himself, seems to have justified the principle of an arrangement, by following
it in several instances. He has judiciously placed together in one book, the Hymns on the
Lord's Supper; the advantage of which, is repeatedly experienced at thc administration of that
ordinance. He has also placed together the Hymns, on Solomon's Songs; the songs to the
Bicssed Trinity; and the Hosannas to Christ. But, if there be any advantage in having these
Hymns arranged under their respective heads, stiil greater advantage, it is thought, must be
derived from having the whole thus arranged

It is even conjectured, by many, that Dr. Watts would have followed this plan through
out, had it early enough occured to him, and had he published the several parts of his book
at the same time. “For," as Dr. Rippon has justly observed, “to have been consistent with
himself, he should have distributed the whole work into sections, or none of it; but by setting
the example in several chapters, it is presumed he has sanctioned the analysis of every part -
of the work."

With regard to the interspersion of the Psalms among the Hymns, it is only necessary to
observe, that this has been done already, to a considerabie extent, by Dr. Watts himseif. It
will be perceived by any one, who will consult the titles of the first and second books of Hymns,
that there are, among them, more pieces composed from the Book of Psalms, than there are,
either from the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke or Jobn, or from the important epistle to the
Hebrews. The interspersion, therefore, of the whole, cannot be considered a just cause of
complaint; especially, when the use of the whole is thereby made easy: for, by a glance of
the eye, all the Psalıns or Hymns on a particular subject may be immediately perceived.

It inay not be improper to observe here, that great care has been taken to preserve the
Psa ins and Hymns of Dr. Watts entire; at the same time, by a careful comparison of the best
editions both European and American, not a few of the typographical errors, and other altera
tions, which have been accumulating for years, have been corrected.

It ought also to be distinctly noticed, that the number of each Psalm and Hymn in the com-
mon tditions, is preserved in a conspicuous place, in this; so that, by referring to the directions,
and the Tables of Numbers which follow this Preface, no inconvenience will be occasioned by
the promiscuous use of this with the old editions of Watts.

The tunes named over each Psalm and Hymn, are such as have received the approbation of
some of the best judges of musiek. For the selection of them, the subscriber acknowledges him-
self chietly indebted to Mr. Jonathan Huntington, a teacher of musick, who cheerfully under-
took the task, at the request of the Standing Committee of the Håndel and Haydn Society in
this town.

The advantages which Ministers and private Christians may derive from this Arrangement;
and especially from the enlarged Indexes both of subjects and scriptures, which are attached to
it, will, it is thought, best recommend it. It is not presumed to be perfect, though it is hoped..
no errors of maguitude have crept into it. Such as it is, it is hụmbly commended to the candour
of an enlightened Christian publick; and especially to the blessing of Him, who is "fearful in
praises," with a fervent desire that it may be instrumental in promoting the interests of piety,
and the cause of sacred devotion.

• JAMES M. WINCHELL..
Boston, November, 1818.

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NOTE.
3. The Hymns and Psalms may be found as usual, by the Index of first lines.

2. This Table gives the numerical order of the former Editions, and the
corresponding numbers in the Arrangement.

Thus, 1st Psalm, C. M. is 380, that is,

380 of the Arrangement;
2d Psalm, s. M. is 146 of the Arrangement,

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