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In consideration of the importance of sacred music, and aware that in this delightful manner the heavenly host express their adoration to the author of their existence,—that in the infancy of creation, "the morning stars sang together," and on the birth of Immanuel they hailed the recovery of a fallen world with "Glory to God in the highest, peace upon earth and good-will toward men," reverting to these circumstances and looking forward to the melody which shall, in the fulness of times, ascend to the throne of Jehovah from a redeemed universe, we deem every attempt praise-worthy which has a tendency to elevate the soul to God, and give a sacred impulse to our devotions. Hence in this selection a suitable variety of metre, as well as expression, has been attended to. The greater part of the Hymns are original productions, being the devout aspirations of Brethren both in America and Britain.
Prudence dictates the propriety of a small selection under present circumstances. Our intercourse with the American churches has but recently commenced.—These churches are blessed with many useful and highly gifted members, and their periodical publications abound with poetic effusions. The cause of love and truth is also escaping, in this favoured land, from the rubbish of system, and the mire of prejudice; and we have recently received acquisitions of poeticre talent It consequently follows, that in a few years a second edition may be published, with additional compositions, possessing additional merit.
Proper attention has been paid to the type, that it might be suitable to those advanced in years; the young, therefore, in sympathy to the aged, will consider this as an apology for the 12mo size of the book.
That this volume may become eminently useful, under the auspices of "the Great God our Saviour," in exhilirating the heart, and spiritualizing the affections, of those who believe and obey the truth, is the sincere prayer of The Compiler,
FOR THE USE OF
God's infinite & immutable Love.
I. HYMN.-6 lines, 8's.
1 ALMIGHTY, O amazing Love!
2 O thou most injur'd goodness! why
3 What was it else, but love alone? Infinite Love that could do thus?
Jesus descended to atone,
4 Salvation over sin and death,
Shall in the end to all be given, His praise therefore with every breath, By all that dwell in earth and heaven, Be jointly sung in highest, strains, Who over all triumphant reigns.
II. HYMN.-8 lines, 8's & 7's.
1 GOD of universal nature,
God of Angels, God of men,
2 From the mouth of hell thou saved us, Ransomed by thy precious blood, From the load of guilt relieved us, From perdition's sweeping flood.
Sons of God thou now hast made us,
3 Endless praises, King of Zion,
We ascribe in transport's glow,
Source from whence our comforts flow.
J. R. Berry.
III. HYMN.-6 lines, 8's & 6's 2 8's.
1 ALMIGHTY God! how wondrous great?
2 Of old, all things shewed forth thy grace,
Above what usher'd in so bright,
3 Stupendous grace! O stand and view,
But is to sinners still as new,
Nor can it change, nor know decay,
4. Our pow'rs shall therefore thee proclaim, In one eternal song,
And glorify thy honour'd name,
The blood bought race among;
IV. HYMN.-8 lines, 8's & 7's.
1 PRAISE the Lord, ye heav'ns adore him,
Praise him all ye stars of light;
Worlds his mighty voice obey'd,
For their guidance he hath made.