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of his people, is the sublime and delightful subject of this volume of Hymns- I have pursued that end according to the best of my judgment: and I cannot help indulging a pleasing hope, that the cause of truth,—the profitable knowledge of God our Saviour,the edification of believers,—and the increase of fervent love among brethren, will be promoted by the present attempt.

I am convinced that nothing short of a just, consistent, and comprehensive acquaintance with the gospel—a disinterested and earnest regard to the glory of God-a fervent love to the Redeemer, and the souls of men for his sake—the continual teaching and influences of the Spirit of all grace-a most steady faith in the divine promises-deep humility, and diligent attention in learning the whole revealed will of God—the spirit of prayer and sublime devotion-an experimental foretaste of heavenly bliss and glory—with a delightful mixture of patient hope, submissive longing after the end of faith, and an unwearied prosecution of that end in the appointed means —nothing but those delightful blessings (which are indeed the fruit of the Spirit wrought on the soul) appear necessary to keep pace with this volume before you, as well as with the precious word of God. And these Hymns open many of the everlasting springs of life, love, and peace, contained in that word, which is the rule of our conversation

while we live, and the hope of our glorifi cation when we die. These are some of the blessings that I have sought of my covenant God and Father for the Church of Christ in general-but more peculiarly for those among whom I labour—for myself, and all his sent ministers of

every denomination. In the arrangement, great care has been taken to class such Hymns together as belong to the same subject. In each class also a regular method has been aimed at, that a proper connection might be maintained in the dependence of one branch of the subject upon another. This, it is hoped, will prove a great convenience to clerks, and others, in finding almost any hymn without a reference, except the general order; and in tracing the top of the page, you may find a hymn on any doctrine of the gospel. The subjects are so numerous, and various, that few circumstances can occur where a suitable hymn may not be found.

It has frequently been observed, “ that praise is the noblest employ of the Church of God, and that it bears the nearest affinity to the employ of Heaven. To this subject, the inspired Psalmist tuned his lyre, and observed, that “ whoso offereth praise, glorifieth God,” Psa. 1. 23. In singing the praises of God, Paul and Silas found their happiness in a dungeon, Acts xvi. 25. The Incarnate Saviour composed his mind, in the

immediate prospect of his agony, by singing a hymn with his disciples, Matth. xxvi. 30.

How sweet and sacred the harmony, when all shall form one assembly, and unite their hearts and voices in hymns of never-ending praise ! I have endeavoured by these hymns to express

those sentiments which God has taught me, and I now leave them to his blessing

St. Paul made this request,-“ Brethren, pray for us." Reader, if thou art a brother, remember a poor brother, cast down, but not destroyed; persecuted, but not forsaken. I remain thine to serve in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

W. WILLIAMS.

May 15, 1819.

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To find any Hymn by the first Line.

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COV'NANT of peace.
A debtor to mercy alone
A form of words, tho' e'er so sound
A righteous Lot in Sodom dwelt
A worldling spent each day
Ah, lovely appearance of death!
Alas, and did 'my Saviour bleed.
Alas, Elisha's servant cry'd
All hail the power of Jesu's name.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
Amidst the various scenes on earth
And must it, Lord, be so.....
And why, dear Saviour, tell me why
And will the great eternal God
Arise, my soul, my joyful powers
Array'd in mortal flesh
As Jesus, the Lord, he receives
At thy command, our dearest Lord
Awake, and sing the song
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays
Awake our souls, away our fears
Awak'd by Sinai's awful sound

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Backsliding souls, return to God
Before the day-star knew its place
Before the starry skies were spread
Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme
Begone, unbelief, my Saviour is near
Behold the mighty suff'rer hangs
Behold the holy place.....
Behold the throne of grace
Behold the sure foundation stone

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Believers do wond'rous appear
Beloved Saviour, faithful friend.
Beneath the sacred throne of God
Betroth'd in love, ere time began
Blessings for ever on the Lamh...
Blest be the Father, and his love
Blest morning, whose young dawning rays
Biest be the dear uniting love
Blest be the tie that binds
Blow ye the trumpet, blow
Bride of the Lamb, up to the skies
Bruised reeds shall ne'er be broken
But few among the carual wise
By whom was David taught

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Call’d by grace, the sinner see
Christ and his members ever stood
Christ, exalted is our song
Christ is my rock, my hope, my stay
Christ is the sinner's only Friend
Children of Israel, see what shade
Children of light, assist my song
Come, thou Almighty King
Come hither, ye that fain would know
Come, poor sinners, come away....
Come all harmonious tongues..
Come all who love to pray.
Come, all ye chosen saints of God
Come, thou dear, Almighty King
Come, my soul, thy suit prepare
Come, thou long expected Jesus
Come, thou sweet celestial dove
Come, we that love the Lord
Come, holy Spirit, come...
Come, let us join a cheerful strain
Come, let us join our cheerful songs
Come, thou fount of ev'ry blessing
Come, ye backsliding sons of God
Come hither, all ye weary souls
Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched.
Come hither ye, by sin distrest
Companions of thy little flock

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