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the heart under particular circumstances in life. Many of the hymns relate to the superiority and importance of the active and personal virtues, or that religion which rests not merely on speculative belief, but which changes the heart and controls the life of its possessor. The compilers have occasionally met with hymns requiring some slight alterations, which they conceived themselves justifiable in making in order to adapt them to the general plan and character of the work. Few alterations have, however, been made, except in changing the singular number into the plural, where it could be done without affecting the measure or harmony of the verse, the plural form of expression being considered more appropriate in social worship. In the general arrangement of the work, it has been thought judicious to appropriate one portion to the ol. another to the hymns and a third to the spiritual songs. The seve parts of each psalm, are arranged according to their metres, and numbered continuously. The hymns are distributed under their proper heads, and the songs are placed at the close of the book, and arranged under running titles as far as was practicable. In the index to the first lines, and also in that to the subjects, the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs are referred to indiscriminately, and the reference is always to the page. With these remarks and explanations the compilers submit this work, on which they have expended much time and labour, to the christian public. And, at the same time, they would affectionately urge the importance of singing “with the spirit and with the understanding also.” Let the purport and energy of the sentiments contained in the hymn, be transfused into the heart, and we shall thus avoid the imputation of offering to the Most High the homage of our lips, while our hearts are cold and unmoved; and thus will God indeed be worshipped in his earthly temple. THE COMPILERS, ork, March, 1833.
General Praise and Thanks-
M. Common Particular Metre,
Eight and Sevens Metre,
. Eight, Eights and Sixes Metre,
Nine and Eights Metre,
1. FIRST PART. C. M. Tate & BRApy. The Righteous and the Wicked.
1 HOW blest is he, who ne'er consents
2 But makes the perfect law of God
3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams
4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,
5 For God approves the just man's ways;
1. SECOND PART. C. M. WATTs.
1 BLEST is the man, who shuns the place,
3 He, like a plant of generous kind,
4 Green as the leaf, and ever fair,
5 Not so the impious and unjust:—
6 Sinners in judgment shall not stand,
1. THIRD PART. S. M. WATTS.
1 THE man is ever blest,
2. But makes the law of God
3 He, like a tree, shall thrive,
2. C. M. TATE & BRADY. Christ eralted and his enemies warned.
1 ATTEND, O earth, when God declares His uncontrolled decree:— “Thou art my Son—this day, my heir, Have I begotten thee. _