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JOHN BRADFORD, A.B.
LATE OF WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD,
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN BIRMINGHAM,
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHORLEI
JORDAN, Fleet-street ; London.
the Veltry of Bartholomew-Itreet Chapel; Birmingham:
That singing psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, was practised by the primitive Chris tians in their assemblies cannot, I think, be well denied: but that which gives this ordinance a higher fanction than can possibly be derived from custom or human authority, is the practice of our Lord himself, who, the fame night on which he was betrayed, after supper, before he went out to the mount of Olives, sang a hymn with his disciples. St. Paul too, writing to the Colossians, says, “ Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, " in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing
one another in psalms, and hymns, and
spiritual fongs; singing with grace in your • hearts to the Lord.” From hence it is plain that finging in the church of Christ is intended for edification and improvement; that, whilst the tongue is employed in sounding the praises of the Lord, the heart may be feelingly engaged in an exercise truly spiritual and heavenly.