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As the employment of heaven will yield an infinite diversity-for the theme is infinite-so it is a laudable desire, while we are travelling towards the superior mansions to attain a variety in our songs of praise on earth.

I freely confess that no part of public worship has more frequently elevated my mind above earth, than that of singing.

And to your honour, my Christian Friends, I speak it in few Churches is that part of devotion performed with more propriety and excellence. And many of you are living evidences of its utility in the hands of the Spirit of God, of bringing you first within the sound of salvation, and afterwards of elevating your souls to God: others now uniting their voices with the angelic choir, have left their honorable testimony to this truth.

With these views this collection of sacred Poems, which originated from your repeated solicitations, now makes its appearance, containing a considerable number of original compositions, which are now for the first time presented to the public from the press.

Permitme to express a wish that you would suffer a different mode of reading and singing

from that which prevails. It would be peculiarly desirable, that the whole verse should be read at once: and the tune continued through it, without interruption. This would prevent that confusion of sense, and that violation of harmony, which frequently occur, where two lines only are read at a time. The inconvenience of this method, would speedily vanish, and its propriety force conviction on every reflecting mind.

I present to you this humble effort with that warm affection, which I have long felt, and shall continue to feel, as long as my heart is susceptible of the endearments of christian friendship: a friendship begun on earth, cemented by a thousand expressions of attention, and perfected in that better, purer world, where I anticipate the pleasure of joining you in nobler praises.

I remain,

Christian Brethren and Friends,

your affectionate Servant

in the Gospel of Christ,


Plymouth, September, 1801.

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Angels, roll the rock away
Arise, my slumb'ring soul arise
Adam, our father and our head
And have I, Christ, no love to thee
And can my heart aspire so high
Away my unbelieving fear
Another six days work is done
Awake our drowsy souls
Awake! celestial mercy cries
Amidst a world of hopes and fears
All hail the pow'r of Jesus' name
At length the Saviour's born


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Angels, attend your Sov'reign slain
Attend! the mortal trumpet sounds
Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
Approach my soul, the mercy-seat
Another Sabbath calls our feet
As when the weary trav'ller gains
Arise, my soul, adore the grace

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Blow ye the trumpet, blow
Behold the day, th' appointed day
Behold the judgment of the Lord
Behold, assembled at thy feet
Before thy throne, Eternal King
Behold the world o'ercome
Begone ye toys that shine around
Behold the feast divine


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By faith in Christ, I walk with God

Beside the gospel pool

Behold a stranger at the door

Beyond the glittering starry sky


Come ye sinners poor and wretched
Curst be the inan, for ever curst
Come thou fount of ev'ry blessing
Come heavenly love, inspire my song
Creation's works in all their forms


Dear refuge of my weary soul







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Earth has detain'd me a prisoner long
Earth's eager slaves, with keen desire
Elisha struck with grief and awe
Enraptur'd with his charming name
Eternal wisdom, thee we praise
Exalted high at God's right hand -
Eternal power! whose high abode

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