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Christ, in all his Characters, Offices, and Relations, is precious. In these superior excellencies, this cdition is, I hope, equal to any that has yet appeared; and will, with Docior Watts's Psalms and Hymns, jo four books, be sufficient for any church of Christ, in any circumstances, and on all subjects.

The subjects in this volume, which are various, are adapted to console the saint and awaken the sinner are suited equally for the public worship of God, the closet, and the family. And, as singing in families is an upcommon, though necessary part of worship, I embrace this opportunity of presenting to the rearler the words of an old writer:" As the increase or decay of christian piety is generally accompanied with the use or neglect of family worship, so the duty is more or less defective as singing in families is more or less used. If christians would but consider the great necessity and usefulness of this duty, and the decay of religion and piety that attends the neglect of it; and if they had a due regard to their own souls, the good of mankind, and the glory of God, surely they could not make so light of it. I wish that all who make a profession of religion would more seriously consider the happiness that results from it. The closet is a sweet employment, but we should not, by any means, cause family worship and singing to be neglected thereby. Why should we be ashamed to let our neighbours know that we owned and praised God in our families as well as in our churches? The fear of being thought singular appears to be one great cause of this neglect. If those persons would consider how great a Benefactor Almighty God is to them, they would find no reasonable plea for the neglect of it. Let every one consider that the most ready and effectual means to make it universal is, for every

family to begin. So let our light shine that others alse may glorily our Father which is in heaven. I appeal to any religious person, whether they have not beer much affected when (as they occasionally walked the .streets) they have heard a family thus employed. The occasion of the Jailor's conversion, was hy the siog. ig of Paul and Silas; and we know not how many .persons may be converted by our practising this duty; and this I may say, that it is a very ready way to discountenance profage songs and to promote religion. O that it could be said of us, as it was of the primitive chris:ians, who, instead of profane songs, used nothing but spiritual and divine hymns; so that, as St. Jerom relates of the place where he lived,) you could not go into the field, but you might hear the ploughman at his hallelujahs, the mower at his hymns, and the vine dresser singing David's Psalms."

I deem it unnecessary to make any apology for taking many of the following hymas froni authors who differ in doctrinal sentiments from myself, and the churches with which I am connected. The hymns, themselves, superior in their kiud, and on subjects in which all real christians agree, must and will be their own apology.

Committing all my imperfect, but well meant labors, to the blessing of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, whose honor alone has, I trust, been my motive for engaging in them, and to the candor of the christian church, I remain with unceasing affection, to all that love the Lord Jesus Christ io sincerity, their brother and servant, for Sesus' sake.

JOHN DOBELL
Poole, Dorsct, March 1st, 1806.

A TABLE

TO FIND ANY HYMN BY THE FIRST LINE,

ACCEPT, O Lord, our songs of praise
A debtor to mercy alone
Amicted soul. to Christ draw near
Again indulgent Lord 'return
Ah! little sojourner below
Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart
Alas! how chang'd that lovely flow'r
All glory to the eternal Three
All hail, incarnate God
All hail, the glorious morn
All hail, the pow'r of jesu's name
All hail, thou great Immanuel
All my sins imputed were
All the Lord's honor'd, chosen race
All ye that pass by
Almighty God, while earth and heaven
Aloud we sing the wond'rous grace
Altho' the vine its fruit deny
And art thou with us, gracious Lord
And may I hope, that when no more
And will the great eternal God
And will the Lord thus condescend
Angels, roll the rock away
Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat
Arm of the Lord, awake! awake!
As Christ approach'd Jerusalem
As on the cross the Saviour hung
As when the weary trav’ller gains
A sight of Jesus, with his eyes
Astonishid and distrest
At anchor laid, remote from home

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At this unwonted hour, behold
Awake, and sing the song
Awake, arise, and hail the morn
Awake, awake, arise
Awake, my soul, aitune the lyre
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve
Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bring
Awake, our drowsy souls
Awake, sweet gratitude, and sing
BACKSLIDENS, who your mis’ry feel
Before Jehovah's awful throne
Begin, my soul, th’exalted lay
Begone, unbelief, my Saviour is near
Begone, ye gilded vanities
Behold a sinner, dearest Lord
Behold the day! th' appointed day-2d part
Behold the gift of God
Behold the gloomy vale
Behold the holy place
Behold the mighty Saviour comes
Behold the Saviour at thy door
Behold the sun adorns the sky
Behold th' expected time draws near
Behold what condescending love
Beside the gospel pool
Beyond the glitt'ring, starry skies
Blessed are the sons of God
Blessed Lord, be thou our teacher
Blest be th' Eternal Infinite
Blest is the mem'ry of the just
Blest Jesus, when my soaring thoughts
Blow ye the trumpet, blow
Bright as, the sun's meridian blaze
CAN reason comprehend a God
Cast thy burdens on the Lord
Children of the heavenly King
Christ as our great physician, heals
Christ is the way to heavenly bliss
Christians, behold our deep distress
Come, all ye chosen saints of God

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Come, dearest Lord, and bless this day
Come, dearest Lord, and feed'thy sheep
Come, dearest Lord, who reigns above
Come, guilty souls, and flee away
Come, happy souls, who know the Lord
Come, Holy Ghost, descend from high
Come, holy spirit, come
Come, humble sinner, in whose breast
Come, humble souls, ye mourners, come
Come, let our hearts and voices join
Come, let our voices join
Come, let us join in sweet accord
Come, let us join our friends above
Come, O my soul, in sacred lays
Come, O my soul, look up and see
Come, thou desire of all thy saints
Come, thou fount of ev'ry blessing
Come, thou soul-transforming Spirit
Come, tune, ye saints, your noblest strains
Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched
Come, ye that know and fear the Lord
Come, ye that love the Saviour's name
Come, ye weary souls, opprest
Come, yè who know the Saviour's love
Compar'd with Christ, in all beside
Convinc'd as a sinner to Jesus I come
Could the creatures help or ease us
Create, O God, my pow'rs anew
DARE we indulge our wrath and strife
Daughters of Sion, ye who sing
Day of judgment, day of wonders
Dear friends, as you have own'd
Dear Jesus, when, when shall it be
Dear Lord, and will thy pard’ning love
Dear Lord, my best desires fulfil
Dear refuge of my weary soul
Dear Saviour, remember the word.
Deep are the wounds which sin has made
Deluded souls, who think to grasp
Did ever one of Adam's race
Didst thou, dear Jesus, suffer shame

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