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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 truih.

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 sufer 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 prequently 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 min l.

I present to you this humble effort with that warm afection, 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 erpressions 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.

Index to the first Line.




ALAS, my aching heart

As on the cross the Saviour hung 31 Angels, roll the rock away

44 Arise, my slumb'ring soul arise

47 Adam, our father and our head

48 And have I, Christ, no love to thee 93 And can my heart aspire so high

97 Away my unbelieving fear

99 Another six days work is done

109 Awake our drowsy souls

110 Awake! celestial mercy cries

134 Amidst a world of hopes and fears 149 All hail the pow'r of Jesus' name 151 At length the Saviour's born

163 Angels, attend your Sou'reign slain 164 Attend ! the mortal trumpet sounds - 176 Amazing grace ! how sweet the sound 190 Approach my soul, the mercy-seat

208 Another Sabbath calls our feet

223 As when the weary trav’ller gains

236 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
By faith in Christ, I walk with God
Beside the gospel pool
Behold a stranger at the door
Beyond the glittering starry sky


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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 fornis


Dear refuge of my weary soul


Earth has detain'd me a prisoner long 53
Earth's eager slaves, with keen desire 167
Elisha struck with grief and awe - 202
Enraptur'd with his charming name 219
Eternal wisdom, thee we praise

Exalted high at God's right hand

Eternal power! whose high abode 2+8

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