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THE

CHRISTIAN LYRE;

A COLLECTION

OF

HYMNS AND TUNES

ADAPTED FOR SOCIAL WORSHIP, PRAYER MEET-

INGS, AND REVIVALS OF RELIGION.

THE WORK COMPLETE, TWO VOLUMES IN ONE,

WITH A SUPPLEMENT.

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Southern District of New York, 88.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the sixteenth day of Octoher, A. D. 1830, in the fifty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Joshua Leavitt, of the said District, has deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereot' he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:

“ The Christian Lyre. By Joshua Leavitt." In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled, * All .cl for the encouragement of learning, wy gecuring the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during ile time therein mentioned." And also to an Aci, entitled “ An Act, supplemertary to an Act, entitled an Act for the en. couragement of Learning, by securing ine copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the tinies the cin nieulioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arls of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prinir."

FRED, J. BETTE, Clerk of the Southern District of New York.

124 18339

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PREFACE. EVERY person conversant with revivals must have observed, the whenever meetings for prayer and conference assume a special ihterest, there is a desire to use hyinns and music of a different character from those ordinarily heard in the church. Nettleton's Village Hymns in a good degree meets the first want. Jocelyn's Zion's Harp partially supplies the other. But both are felt to be incomplete, as ihey are wanting in many pieces, which have proved of great use in revivals.

The usefulness also of many excellent hymns in all our modern collections, has been prevented by the inability of singers to find tunes adapted to the various subjects and metres. The Christian Lyre" is undertaken with a view to meet both these deficiencies. It is intended to contain a collection of such pieces as are specially adapted to evening meetings and social worship, and chiefly such as are not found in our commiop collections of sacred inusic.

As the work is not designed to please scientific musicians, so much as to profit plain christians, reference will be had, chiefly, to the known popularity and good influence of what is selected. And it is intended to embrace the music that is most current among different denominations of christians.

As the number of parts is apt to distract the attentinn of an audience, or lo occupy them with the music instead of the sentiment, the tunes here printed will generally be accompanied with only a simple bass, and sometiines not even with that. In a vast multitude of cases the religious effect of a hymn is heightened by having ail sing the air only.

Possessing no musical skill beyond that of ordinary plain singers, I send out my work, without pretensions. If it aids the progress of Christ's cause, I shall be rewarded. If not, I shall be accepted according to what I had, and not according to what I had not. And it will prepare the way for some other person to do it better..

OBSERVE,
In the treble the lines and spaces, beginning at the space beneath
the lower line, are callea, D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G. In the
bass they are É, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A, B.
The natural place of Mi is in B.

If В be flat, Mi is in E.
If B and E be flat, Mi is in A.
II B, E, and A be flat, Mi is in D.
If B, E, A, and D be flat, Mi is in G.
Ir B, E, A, D, and G be fiat, Mi is in C
If F be sharp, Mi is in F.
Ir F and C be sharp, Mi is in C.
Iff, C and G be sharp, Mi is in G.
ICF, C, G and D be sharp, Mi is in D.
Ir F, C, G, D and A be sharp, Mi is in A.

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A REPEAT, shows what part of a tune is to be sung over again.

Da. Capo. means that the tune is to close, by repeating the fire strain

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1. THE NEW YEAR. I WHILE with ceaseless course

the sun Hasted through the former

year, Many souls their race have run,

Never more to meet us here; Fix'id in au eterual state, They liave done with all be

low, We a little longer wait, But huw little, none can know.

2. TURN, WUY WILL

YE DIE. 1 SINNER's, turn, why will yo

die?
God, your Maker, asks you

why?
God, who did your being give,
Made you with bimself to live;
He the tatal caitse demands,
Asks the work of his own hands,
Why, ye thankless creatures,

why Will ye cross his love, and die ? 2 Sinners, turn, why will ye die ?

Christ your Savior, asks you
He who did your souls retrieve,
Died himself that ye night iive.
Will you let him die in vain 3
Crucify your Lord again?
Why, ye ransom'd sinners, why
Will ye slight bis grace, and

die ?

wliy ?

2 As the winged arrow flies

Speedily the mark to find; As the lightning from the skies Darts, and leaves no trace be

hind; Swiftly thus our fleeting days Bear us down life's rapid

stream; Upwards, Lord, our spirits raise;

All below is but a dreain.

3 Thanks for mercies past re

ceive, Parden of our sins renew : Teach us henceforth how to

live, With eternity in view : Bless thy word to young and nld,

Fill us with a Savior's love; And when life's short tale is

told, May we dwell with thee

above.

3 Sinners, turn, why will ye die ?

God, the Spirit, asks you why?
He who all your lives liath

strove,
Woo'il you to embrace his love:
Will ye not his grace receive ?
Will ye still refuse to live ?
Why, ye long sought sinners

why
Will you grieve your God, and

die 1

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