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to publish the book, and submit it to the churches ; and at the same time authority was given to use it in the worship of God. The Hymns are arranged under a simple and obvious classification, a little acquaintance with which, will enable any person to find, with facility, hymns suited to particular occasions, or adapted to particular subjects. The collection comprehends a sufficient variety, it is presumed, to meet all the wants of worshippers.

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METRES.
L. M.-Long Metre.
C. M.-Common Metre.
S. M.-Short Metre.

H.M.-Hallelujah Metre.
L. M. D.-Long Metre Double.

C. L. M.-Common Long Metre.
The other metres are distinguished by the number of
syllables, as 118, 78, 88, &c. &c.

PSALMS.

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FIRST PART.

C. M.
LEST is the man who shuns the place

Where sinners love to meet; Who fears to tread their wicked ways,

And hates the scoffer's seat:
2 But in the statutes of the Lord

Has placed his chief delight;
By day he reads or hears the word,

And meditates by night.
3 He, like a plant of generous kind,

By living waters set,
Safe from the storms and blasting wind,

Enjoys a peaceful state.
4 Green as the leaf, and ever fair

Shall his profession shine ; While fruits of holiness appear

Like clusters on the vine. 5 Not so the impious and unjust; What vain

igns they form! Their hopes are blown away like dust,

Or chaff before the storm. 6 Sinners in judgment shall not stand

Among the sons of grace, When Christ, the Judge, at his right hand Appoints his saints a place. 1 *

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7 His eye beholds the path they tread,

His heart approves it well; But crooked ways of sinners lead

Down to the gates of hell. 1 SECOND PART.

S. M. THE THE man is ever blest,

Who shuns the sinner's ways, Among their councils never stands,

Nor takes the scorner's place: 2 But makes the law of God

His study and delight, Amidst the labours of the day,

And watches of the night. 3 He like a tree shall thrive,

With waters near the root!
Fresh as the leaf his name shall live,

His works are heavenly fruit. 4 Not so th' ungodly race; ,

They no such blessings find;
Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff

Before the driving wind.
5 How will they bear to stand

Before that judgment seat, Where all the saints at Christ's right hand

In full assembly meet ?
6 He knows, and he approves

The way the righteous go:
But sinners and their works shall meet

A dreadful overthrow.
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THIRD PART.

L. M. HA APPY the man whose cautious feet

Shun the broad way where sinners go, Who hates the place where atheists meet,

And fears to talk as scoffers do. 2 He loves t employ his morning light,

Among the statutes of the Lord;

And spends the wakeful hours of night,

With pleasure pondering o'er the word. 3 He, like a plant by gentle streams,

Shall flourish in immortal green;
And heaven will shine with kindest beams,

On every work his hands begin.
4 But sinners find their counsels crossed;

As chaff before the tempest flies,
So shall their hopes be blown and lost,

When the last trumpet shakes the skics. 5 In vain the rebel seeks to stand

In judgment with the pious race;
The dreadful Judge, with stern command,

Divides him to a different place. 6 “Straight is the way my saints have trod;

I blessed the path, and drew it plain ;
But you would choose the crooked road;

And down it leads to endless pain.”
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FIRST PART.

S. M. and Of heaven, and earth, and seas, , Thy providence confirms thy word,

And answers thy decrees. 2 The things so long foretold

By David, are fulfilled ;
When Jews and Gentiles join to slay

Jesus, thy holy child.
3 Why did the Gentiles rage,

And Jews, with one accord, Bend all their counsels to destroy

The anointed of the Lord ? 4 Rulers and kings agree

To form a vain design ;
Against the Lord their powers unite,

Against his Christ they join.

5 The Lord derides their rage,

And will support his throne,
He that hath raised him from the dead,

Hath owned him for his Son.
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SECOND PART.

S. M. OUR Lord's ascended high,

And rules the subject earth; The merit of his blood he pleads,

And pleads his heavenly birth. 2 Beneath his sovereign sway

The Gentile nations bend;
Far as the world's remotest bounds

His kingdom shall extend. 3 The nations that rebel

Must feel his iron rod :
He'll vindicate those honours well,

Which he received from God. 4 Be wise, ye rulers, now,

And worship at his throne;
With trembling joy, ye judges, bow

To God's exalted Son. 5 If once his wrath arise,

Ye perish on the place:
Then blessed is the soul that flies

For refuge to his grace.
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THIRD PART.

C. M.
HY did the nations join to slay

The Lord's anointed Son?
Why did they cast his laws away,

And tread his gospel down?
2 The Lord that sits above the skies,

Derides their rage below;
He speaks with vengeance in his eyes,

And strikes their spirits through. 3 “I call him my eternal Son,

And raise him from the dead ;

WHY

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