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MORRISTOWN....N. J. :
WmILE so many volumes of hymns, both original and selected, are constantly issuing from the press, it | seems almost presumption to expect that this will be iloticed. Every man, however, has his peculiar taste; this selection of hymns, together with their arrangemeut, will be suited to this taste; and cousequently there is room to hope, that others may find in these a suitableness to their views, dispositions, and experieuce, which they have sought in vain from other selections, which, too, have their appropriate excellencies. Under this impression, I have ventured to solicit public attention. It is almost universally admitted that Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns possess an excellency and variety which place him far beyond any single author; and, in my humble opinion, they are of such sterling worth, that no selection, however excellent, should supercede the use of them. It is, however, as generally admito that there are many subjects for which Doctor * Watts has provided no hymns. To see this deficiency supplied amongst poedo-baptist churches, has been the to desire of many ministers and private christians; and * to effect this is the principal, though not the only end - of this small volume. * The hymns here presented to the public, I have collected from more than two hundred authors; many of them are taken from manuscripts, which I deemed too valuable to be suffered to remain in obscurity,
and some have been supplied by friends. As this work has been the labor of years, and the choice of many thousand hymns, it will, I trust, give satisfaction to the church of God. Though I have, of course, the sentiments peculiar to that denomination of christians with which providence has placed me; yet I am not without hopes that a selection from the best authors in these United Kingdoms and America, will - meet with general approbation. This work, like Doctor Watts's Fourth book, is arranged in an alphabetical order. Each new subject begins with, L. M., C. M., S. M., &c. The first alphabetical order contains the Perfections of God; the second, the Characters and Titles of Christ; the third, the General Subjects. I have endeavored to ascertain the author of every hymn. In some cases my inquiries have been fruitless, and I have consequently said, Anon. (anonymous.) Those verses which may, for the sake of brevity, be omitted, without destroying the unity and connection of the hymn, are included in crotchets.  The lines or verses marked with single inverted commas, are those which I have deemed necessary to add, for the sake of giving a fulness or expression to the whole. The occasional alterations which will be observed in some hymns, are not, of course, intended to lessen their excellency, but to suit them to a particular subject for which they were poi originally designed; or to give a greater smoothness to the versisication. Af
ter all, I am ready to acknowledge that many of the
verses are rather rhyme than poetry; and, while they
deprecate the severity of criticism, must rest their
claims to regard on their sentiment and spirit. The
will, as far as I can judge, be found full of the dochines of grace, and the experience of those to whorn