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A COLLECTION OF
PSALMS AND HYMNS
DR. WATTS'S VERSIFICATION OF THE PSALMS OF DAVID, ENTIRE,
SELECTED AND ORIGINAL.
TO WHICH ARE APPENDED,
THE CONFESSION OF FAITH
SHORTER CATECHISM OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE UNITED
PUBLISHED BY HENRY PERKINS.
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by PERKINS & PURVES, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
THE versification of the Psalms by Dr. Watts, to which he gave the title, descriptive of its character, The Psalms of David imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian State and Worship-a work which has rendered his memory dear to a large portion of the church-is presented, in this volume, entire, and without alteration, except in the few instances of national allusion inappropriate to our country. Versifications by Dwight, Montgomery, and others, of the Psalms omitted by Dr. Watts, and of a few besides, have been inserted.
Of Dr. Watts's Hymns, nearly two hundred are to be found in this collection; the design has been to omit only those which are rarely used in public worship. Those standard productions of Doddridge, Cowper, Charles Wesley, Newton, Mrs. Steele, and others, which are precious to every pious heart, have also been carefully retained. For the remainder of the selection, a laborious examination has been made of a large number of Hymn-Books, and other volumes of religious poetry, British and American, with a view to meeting, as fully as possible, the demands of worshiping assemblies, particularly in reference to
special occasions. The hymns which have been written for this collection are designated as orig inal.
Alterations in language have been very sparingly allowed, especially in well known, standard hymns; and the abridgment of such hymns has been avoided with similar caution.
It is proper to add that this compilation has not been prepared without much labor and much solicitude. It is now submitted to the only human test which can be decisive in such a case-the general judgment of the Christian public.
NOTE BY THE PUBLISHERS.
The "Parish Hymns," prepared and published in connection with this work, is a distinct collection of hymns, designed more especially for evening meetings, and other occasions of social worship. It contains 72 hymns which are not found in this volume, being peculiarly suited to a collection of that kind; and this volume contains 144 hymns which were not supposed to be needed in that. A number of hymns appear in this collection with less abridgment than in the "Parish Hymns."
FIRST LINES OF THE PSALMS AND
And shall I still the Spirit 395
Another six days' work. 564
Astonish'd and distress'd, 430
Awake, awake, O Zion, 539