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To THE CHURCH AND CONGREGATION * r of st. T Ho MAs's squ A RE, HAcKN E Y, THIS SELECTION OF HYMNS, DESIGNED PRIMARILY FoR THEIR USE,
Is RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,
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PRE FA C E.
IT appears to be the prevailing opinion in our Churches, that in addition to the excellent Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts, it is desirable to avail ourselves of some of the devotional compositions of later and of living Poets. With this view, numerous selections of Hymns, in the form of a Supplement or Appendix, have been presented to the Public, and introduced into social worship. The necessity, however, thus imposed upon a Congregation of obtaining and having in use more than one Hymn Book, occasions considerable inconveniences, especially to the poor. In reflecting on the practicability of obviating these evils, it occurred frequently and forcibly to my mind, that by the omission of such of Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns as we are not usually accustomed to sing, there might be introduced a sufficient number from the best Authors, to answer every valuable purpose, without the
gesting these views to several judicious friends, had the satisfaction to ascertain, not only that they cordially approved of the plan, but ‘that more than one had long entertained the same ideas, and had fully intended to carry the principle into effect. Encouraged by these representations, as well as by the wishes expressed by not a few in the circle of my pastoral engagements, I have endeavoured to accomplish the object desired. to ol While actually preparing the present Selection, I ascertained that there had been recently publ. ished two valuable Hymn Books, compiled on principles bearing some resemblance to those which have dictated and guided my attempt. The one, however, contains nearly double the number of Hymns which I consider expedient for a Public Hymn Book; and the other omits all specification of the names of the Authors, and also of the number of Hymns selected from the compositions of Dr. Watts. at Cox * Of the 600 Hymns here presented to the Public, about one half are selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the other half