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Tri THE TWENTY-FIFTH EDITION :
WITH THE ADDITIONAL HYMNS,
AND THE NAMES OF THE TUNES 'ADAPTED TO THE HYNS.
SOLD BY THE AUTHOR,
and by most other Booksellers.
Entered at Stationers' Halt.
NONTJA T2 BALLRO 10 CIK TASJID The number of the Hymn always answers to the
570 The Number that follows the Names of the Tunes
refers to Dr. Rippon's Tune Book ; thusHymn 6, Bedford 91--that is: Tune 91, in the
Selection of Tunes.
number of the pace and
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the former editions of this volume have been blessed, demand my warmest and must unfeigned gratitude to the God of Providence and Grace, with whom are the işsues of all our endeavours to promote his glory.
The First Edition of the Selection consisted of five hundred and eighty-eight hymns, three huna dred of whieh had never appeared in any Collection for public worship before. About one huna dred and fifty of them, as the preface announced, were Originals. Some of these, on different sub jects, I had the pleasure of composing :: others were the productions of several eminent persons i the flower of that denomination of Christians to which it is my honour to belong., „These mere handsomely communicated for the Selection, and many of them, according to the forms of law,neres reg ularly assigned to me, in my own right and
as my sole property, of which my reverend friends, Dr. John Ryland, now of Bristol; Mr. Job David, vil, are yet living witnesses. This statement is given to prevent all future illicit republication of any of the original parts of this work. 1:14;ng
of the Christian sich might
introdụce: I PŘEFACE SI In the Prefaco to the former editions, I expressed my fear, notwitlistanding this addition of above five hundred hymns to Dr. Watts's hymes and psalms, that all of them together would not furnish a sufficient variety for every subjeet the hymns, and a frequent recurrence to the in. dex of their subjects, have since united to prove that these apprehensions were not altogether unfounded or problematical, and that there was reason for intimating, “ that too great a variety of evangelical hymns, for public worship, is a thing scarcely conceivable." x 1081
The truth is, respecting the Selection at least, that, with all its diversity of subjects, even considered as an Appendix to Dr. Watts, it has been found rather deficient than redundant. Hence, on mature deliberation, and with the advice and assistance of some of my most respectable brethrer in the ministry, and other distinguished friends, I have enlarged this edition, by the insertion, under proper heads, of mere than
sixty hymns. i The far greater part of these are entirely originals
, and are duly placed “urtder the protec. tion of the law, 3; Intola
To distinguish those in the enlargement, which ate my own compositions,
ns, would neither add the embellishments of piety of poetry to them, nor, perhaps, answer any other valuable end, it may suffice to say, that, with no inconsiderable atten such subjects as were not to be found in the vo. . lume, and on lieads which are interesting and popular; I mean of general use, and therefore of the
greatest consequence: A few are inserted on the Trinity on the Divinity of Christ, and on the Work
of the Holy Spirit. But the greater part of the 9 additions consists of hymns adapted to Village
Worship, to Monthly Prayer-Meetings for the Spread of the Gospel, to Missionary Meetings and to the chapter of hymns before and after Sermon ; - chapter this, which there was but little dånger of protracting to an undesirable length. The sections on Affliction, Death, and Judgment, have also received some enlargement'; and so have _ the Indices, both of scriptures and of subjects.
This New Edition, which I hope competent judges will find to be an improved one, i present, with the utmost respect and affection, to my fellow-labourers, to the churches, and to the
individuals, of different denominations, both at » home and abroad, who have either statedly or occasionally used the former copies.
with all the solemnity of an entire Dedication, I commit the volume to Thy care, patronage, and special blessing, Othou infinitely beautiful and bountiful Being ! to whom I am, of all the sons of Adam, peculiarly indebted; beseeching thee, for the sake of my crucified and ascended Redeemer, to grant, a That, however " weak and contemptible this work may seem in 6 the of the children of the world, and how
ever imperfect it really may be, as well as the 66 author of it unworthy, it máy, nevertheless, live
before thee, and, through a divine power, be "mighty' to lessen the miseries and to incrcase the holiness and bliss of multitudes, “ in distant
places, and in generations yet to come! Impute " it not, O God, as a culpable ambition, if I de