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SOLD BY J. MATHEWS, N 18, STRAND; AND W. FLEXNEY,
M DCC LXXXV.
Price 25. Bound. Fine Paper 2s. 6d.
Whatever profit arifes from the fale of this Publication, is appropriated to the benefit of the Welch Charity-School in Gray's-Inn Road. It is therefore entered at Stationers Hall, to prevent any furreptitious edition.
IT: may not be improper to acquaint the Reader into whofe hand this compilation may fall, that it is made for the ufe of a Congregation which hitherto used the Verfion of Sternhold and Hopkins. As a defire of difcontinuing the Old Verfion was pretty general, nothing prevented its removal but the different opinions which prevailed refpecting the beft of fucceeding ones. On comparing feveral of these together, an idea was fuggested of felecting from each Verfion, fuch parts as had an evident fuperiority: but as Excellence, wherever obferved, was the profeffed object of fuch a felection; thofe fingle Pfalms which had been happily tranflated or paraphrased by eminent Hands, became, as far as they could be fung to familiar tunes, a valuable acquifition.
At the request of fome very refpectable Characters who have long wifhed for a felection of this fort-concise, evangelic, and devotional-it is here attempted.
With this view, fuch Pfalms as principally relate to the concerns of the Jewish State and Nation are abridged: thofe more generally interefting, appear in different metres: the verfes of the 119th stand collected under diftinct. heads ; and part of Mr. Merrick's Paraphrafe is divided into stanzas.
The alterations which have been made in order to improve the fenfe or connection of a few paffages; or to reduce two or three unufual metres to the
As thofe by Denham, Milbourne, Tate and Brady, Smart, Merrick, Watts, &c. to the diftinguished excellence of which Iaft-mentioned Verfion this work Rands deeply indebted.
+ Such as Milton, Addifon, Rowe, Tollet, Steele, &c.