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highly doctrinal importance. The sentiments, that the Deity required an expiring victim, by way of satisfaction to his justice; that the death of Christ operated to cancel the debt which the sinner owed; and that God died upon the cross and rose from the dead; these, though undoubtedly believed with sincerity by those who composed the hymns in which they are found, are considered as unsupported by revelation, and unapproved by reason; and they are not GENERALLY believed in our societies. While selections have been cheerfully made from the works containing such sentiments, of hymns which appeared to possess claims to the devotional attention of Christians, those of the above description have been carefully omitted.

A large number of the hymns now used in the Universalist Societies in Boston, have been retained. Selections have been made from the Philadelphia hymn book, Watts's, Belknap's, and Emerson's collections, and the hymns published some years since, at the request and by the direction of the General Convention of Universalists. With these selections a small number of original hymns have been incorporated.

While existing societies, believing in the "common salvation," are increasing in the number of their members, and new communities of the same faith are forming in various sections of the country, and possessing the privilege of Divine worship, a hope is entertained, that this compilation will contribute to aid, strengthen, and animate the spirit of pure devotion. With this hope, the compilers commend the succeeding pages to the blessing of heaven, and to the patronage of their brethren.

Boston, April 14, 1821.



L. M.

Praise for Providence. Mat. v. 45. Acts xiv. 17. Ps. cxlv. 16.

THY ways, O Lord, with wise design,
Are fram'd upon thy throne above,

And every dark or bending line
Meets in the centre of thy love.

2 With feeble light, and half obscure,
Poor mortals thine arrangements view,
Not knowing that the least are sure,
And the mysterious just and true.

3 Thy flock, thine own peculiar care,
Though now they seem to roam uney'd,
Are led or driven only where
The best and safest may abide.

4 They neither know, nor trace the way;
But, trusting to thy piercing Eye,
None of their feet to ruin stray,

Nor shall the weakest fail or die.

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5 My favour'd soul shall meekly learn

To lay her reason at thy throne;

Too weak thy secrets to discern,

I'll trust Thee for my guide alone. RIPPON's Coll.

HYMN 2. C. M.

The Excellence of Scripture. Tim. iii. 16. Rom. xv. 4.
ATHER of mercies, in thy word
What endless glory shines!
For ever be thy name ador'd
For these celestial lines.

2 Here may the wretched sons of want Exhaustless riches find ;

Riches, above what earth can grant;
And lasting as the mind.

3 Here, the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast ;
Sublimer sweets than nature knows
Invite the longing taste..

4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around.;
And life and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.

5 Oh may these heavenly pages be
My ever dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see,
And still increasing light. ✔

6 Divine Instructer, gracious Lord!
Be thou for ever near ;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour there.


HYMN 3. C. M.

Praise for the Gospel. Ps. xcvi. 1. Luke iii. 5, 6.


O our almighty Maker, God,
New honours be address'd;
His great salvation shines abroad,
And makes the nations blest.

2 He spake the word to Abr'am first,
His truth fulfils his grace;

The Gentiles make his name their trust,
And learn his righteousness.

3 Let the whole earth his love proclaim,
With all her diff'rent tongues;
And spread the honours of his name,
In melody and songs.


HYMN 4. L. M.

First and Second Adam. Rom. v. 14. 1 Cor. xv.


ORD, what was man when made at first, Adam, the offspring of the dust, That thou should'st set him and his race But just below an angel's place!

2 That thou should'st raise his nature so,
And make him Lord of all below;
Make ev'ry beast and bird submit,
And lay the fishes at his feet.

3 But, O! what brighter glories wait
To crown the second Adam's state!
What honours shall thy Son adorn,
Who condescended to be born!

4 See him below his angels made,
See him in dust among the dead,
To save a ruin'd world from sin ;
But He shall reign, with pow'r divine.

21, 22.

5 The world to come, redeem'd from all
The miseries that attend the fall,
New made and glorious, shall submit
At our exalted Saviour's feet.


HYMN 5. L. M.

Christ and the Church. Ps. xlviii. 10. xlvii. 9. c. 4,5.


HE King of saints, how fair his face, Adorn'd with majesty and grace! He comes with blessings from above, And wins the nations to his love.

2 At his right hand, our eyes behold

The queen array'd in purest gold!
The world admires her heav'nly dress,
Her robe of joy and righteousness.

3 He forms her beauties like his own,
He calls and seats her near his throne;
Fair stranger, let thine heart forget
The idols of thy native state.

4 So shall the King the more rejoice
In thee, the fav'rite of his choice;
Let him be lov'd, and yet ador'd,
For he's thy Maker and thy Lord.
5 O happy hour, when thou shalt rise
To his fair palace in the skies!
And all thy sons (a num'rous train)
Each like a prince in glory reign.

6 Let endless honours crown his head;
Let every age his praises spread;
While we with cheerful songs approve
The condescension of his love.


HYMN 6. Eights and Sevens Metre.

Consolation of Israel. Isa. xlix. 13. xl. 1.2. Luke ii. 25, 26.


NOME, thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free:

From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.

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