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Christ, in all his Characters, Offices, and Relations, is precious. In these superior excellencies, this edition is, I hope, equal to any that has yet appeared; and will, with Doctor Watts's Psalms and Hymns, in 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 tloset, and the family. And, as singing in families is an uncommon, though necessary part of worship, I embrace this opportunity of presenting to the reader 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 usesultiess 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 tloset 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 2 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 also may glorify our Father which is in heaven. I appeal to any religious person, whether they have not been much affected when (as they occasionally walked the streets) they have heard a family thus employed. The occasion of the Jailor's conversion, was by the sing:

ing 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 profane sofigs and to promote religion.

O that it could be said of us, as it was of the primi

tive christians, 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 hymns from authors who

differ in doctrinal sentiments from myself, and the

churches with which I am connected. The hymus,

themselves, superior in their kind, 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 mo

tive 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 in sincerity,

their brother and servant, for Jesus' sake.

John DoDELL. Poole, Dorsch, March 1st, 1806.



ACCEPT, O Lord our songs of praise

A debtor to mercy alone
Afflicted soul, to Christ draw near
Again indulgent Lord 'return
Ah! little sojourner below -
Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful hear

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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 -

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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
Astonish’d and distrest -
4t afichor 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, attune 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

BACKSLIDERS, who your mis’ry feel
Before Jehovah’s awful throme -
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 . e to

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 - t;
Beyond the glitt’ring, starry skies o
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 o
Bright as the sun's meridian blaze

CAN reason comprehend a God
Cast thy burdens on the Lord e
Children of the heavenly King e
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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Čome, deatest 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 mourmers, come
Come, let our hearts and voices join
Come, let our voices join o
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, ye who know the Saviour's love
Compar'd with Christ, in all beside .
Convinc'd as a sinner to Jesus 1 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 loye
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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