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DEAR BRETHREN, YOU are firesented with a choice and complete Pocket Hymn-Book revised,conlaining a collection from the Rev. Ichn and Charles IVesley, and other authors,) of excellent and evangelical Eyinns, suitable for firivale devotion ( when you would wish to speak to yourselves in: Hymns and Spiritual Songs ) as well as for family,social and public worship; and we trust you will be much assisted by the present foutlication, in the performance of these important parts of divine service.
The Humn-Books which have been already published among us, are truly ercellent .... The Select Hymne, the dorible collection of Hymns, and Psalms, and! the Redeonfition-Hymns, display great spirituality, as well as fiurity of diction ..... The large Congrcgational Hy??in
Book is admirable indeed, but is too exSpensive for the poor, who kave little time and less money.... The Pocket Ilymai
Book, lately sent, abroad in these States, is a most valuable performance for those who are deeply. spiritual, but is better suited to the European - Methodists, among whom all the before-mentioned books have been thoroughly circulated for many years. But all the excellencies of the former publications, are iri a great measure, concentred in the present, which contains the choicest and anost precious of the Hymns that are to be found in the former editions ; and at the same time is so portable, that you may always carry it with you without the least inconvenience.
We are the more delighted with this design, as no personal advantage is concerned, but the public good alone....For after the necessary expences of publicidion are discharged, we shall make it a noble charity, by applying the profits, urising therefrom, to religious and charitable purp10808.
No motive of a sinister nature has therefore influenced us in any degree to publish this excellent compilation. It
s received the approbation of the Cononces, and contains many valuable Hymns which some of the former editions did not. As the profits of the former editions have been scrupulously applied as above, 80 the same appropriation of the profits of the present shall be conscientiously observed. We must - therefore earnestly entreat you, if you
have any respect for the authority of the Conferences, or of us, or any regard for the prosperity of the Connection, to fiurthase no Hymn-Books, but what are signed with the names of your Bishops. And as we intend to keep a constant sup. ply, the complaint of our congregations, " that they cannot procure our HymnBooks,” will be stopped.
We exhort you to Sing with the Spirit and with the understanding also : and thus may the high praises of GOD be set up from East to West, from North to South ; and we shall be happily instrumental in leading the devotion of thousands, and shall rejoice to join you in time and eternity.
our faithful Pastors in Christ, THOMAS COKE, FRANCIS ASBURY, RICHARD WHATC017
Agreeably to the concurrent resolution of the Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New-York Conferences, our Hymn-Book has been revised, and the copy-right secured. Nearly all the Hymns, which were in the fornier Book, are retained in this, but in consequence of the revision, they are differently arranged, in order to put them under their proper heads, and, of course, the pages do not correspond with the old book-But, when a Hymn is read, by a reference to the first line in the Index, the page in general inay be readily found. A few addi. tional Hymns are introduced; and the poeti- . cal numbers and measurement of some of the old Hymns improved; that, according to the Tules of mufic, they may agree better with the tunes to which they are sung. Also in the place of certain words and sentiments, others are introduced, which appear more proper and har. monious-The revifion has received the approbation of the last General Conference; and pasied an examination by Doctor Coke, and the Book Committee, who have made a few alterations, as in the present Edition.
Although the copy-right is fecured and held by Ezekiel Cooper, yet it is intended, by him, to be wholly for the benefit of the Methodist Connection.
Those who want our Hymn-Book, in future, Nould apply for “ The Methodifi Pocket HymnBusk, revised and improsed;" published by Ezekiel Cooper, and John'Wilfont, with the Bihops' narnes to the preface
• METHODIST :
AWAKENING AND INVITING.
HY MN 1. C. M.
The triumphs of his grace.
Assist me to proclaim,
The honours of thy name. 3 Jesus, the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease:
Tis life and health and peace.
He sets the pris'ner free; His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood avail'd for me. 5 Look unto him, ye nations, own.
Your God, ye fallen race; Look, and be sav'd through faith alone,
Be justify'd by grace!