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PSALMS AND HYMNS,
ADAPTED CHIEFLY FOR
Congregational and Social Storspip.
BAPTIST WRIOTHESLEYTINOEL, M.A.
"Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs,
147. d. 229.
The Hymns in this book are arranged alphabetically, that any hymn may be found at once by its first line. There are three Indexes, the index of first lines, the index of subjects, and the index of texts, the uses of which are obvious.
Having ventured to alter good hymns when the language used towards the Redeemer seemed to be too familiar, (see Rev. i. 17.—xx. Il. Isaiah vi. 5 Psalm lxxxix, 7.), when passages of scripture were misapplied, when the sense was obscure, or when the composition was extremely careless, I have therefore not added the names of authors.
The hymns are generally in the plural number ; because in congregational singing, the singer should not be isolated, but should sympathise with the rest of the congregation.
The harmony of many voices, singing different parts, is adapted to aid those religious affections, which are excited by the truths contained in the hymns : "Wherein,” says Luther, “a single voice utters the simple air, and then three, four, or five other voices join; which, as it were, play and leap exultingly about this plain air, and marvellously deck and beautify it with manifold change; and sound as if leading a heavenly dance, meeting one