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THE following Collection contains a greater number of hymns and probably a greater variety of topics, than any compilation hitherto made for the use of Universalist churches in this country. I will not say that it excells also in the character of the selections. It is hoped, however, that in this respect it will be found equal to other works of the kind, justly approved among us.

It has been my aim to furnish, 1. a good supply of hymns for exercises purely devotional; 2. hymns adapted to every special occasion that may be observed in our churches, or occur in the labors of the ministry; 3. hymns on all the subjects commonly urged from our pulpits, so far as they are compatible with the spirit of sacred song; and 4. hymns for private and domestic use.

In selecting for these purposes, I have paid particular attention to what I deemed correctness of sentiment on all of the important points; allowing, however, free scope to poetic figure and imagery, in the form of expression. With regard to character, style, &c., it has been my wish to exclude, on the one hand, all effeminate, insipid nicety—every thing in which cordiality and fervor are sacrificed to formal correctness; and, on the other, all downright awkwardness, fondling endearments, puerile sentimentality, and rant. It should be observed that not every species even of good poetry, and of the religious kind, is suitable for hymns. They should be as plain as role easy in their versification, and yet full of vig

orous or moving spirit. On very impressive subjects, the austerest simplicity is doubtless preferable to the more brilliant style which is too often sought after. I cannot say that I have not, at times, erred in some of these respects. There may be a few pieces too wild and sparkling for hymns; and others, again, that sink down towards prosaic flatness. The names of the authors, so far as I have been able to ascertain them, are prefixed. I had wished to insert the hymns just as their authors left them, only omitting such stanzas as were superfluous or objectionable. But after spending a considerable time in tracing them back to their original state, and finding that many, which were excellent on the whole, did absolutely require some changes, I concluded to take them in the best form in which I could find them, and sometimes to venture my own hand at their improvement. But in every case of known alteration, (ercept bare omission,) I have been scrupulous to signify the fact by prefixing a star [*] to the author's name. As for the anonymous hymns, I could seldom determine what was their original state; and in them, changes have been admitted or made, without notice. The alterations, after all, will be found, I think, to be much less, than in some compilations which make greater professions of adhering to the originals. The book is now humbly submitted, with an earnest prayer that it may prove an efficient aid to the spirit of devotion both in public and in private. Rosary. February, 1837. Hossa BALLou, 2n.

IND EX O F FIRST LIN ES.

Hymn.
ABIDE with us, the evening shades . - . 233
Absurd and vain attempt, to bind . . -
Affliction is a stormy deep . - . 587

Again our ears have heard the voice .
A. the Lord of life and light . . .
Ah, wretched souls that strive in vain
A King shall reign in righteousness
All hail the power of Jesus' name
All nature dies and lives again . .
All-powerful, self-existent God
All-seeing God, 'tis thine to know
All ye nations, praise the Lord . .
Almighty Father, gracious Lord .
Almighty God, in humble prayer.
Almighty God, thy wondrous works
Almighty Lord, before thy throne .
Almighty Maker, Lord of all . . .
Almighty Maker of my frame . . .
Aloud we sing the wondrous grace . . . . . . .
Am I an Israelite indeed - - -
Amidst unsatisfied desires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
And can my heart aspire so high . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
And is the gospel peace and love . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Angels, roll the rock away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Another six days’ work is done . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
As parched in the barren sands . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
As showers on meadows newly mown . . . . . . . . .
As the sweet flower, which scents the morn
A voice from the desert comes awful and shrill
Awake, and sing the song . . . . . . . . . . . .
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays . . . . . . . . .
Awake, my soul, lift up thine eyes . . . . . . -
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve . . . . . . . . .
Awake, our drowsy souls . . . . . . .

Away with our sorrow and fear . . . . . . .

BEFOREJehovah's awful throne . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Before the rosy dawn of day. . . . . . . . . . . .
Before thy throne, eternal King, . . . . . . . .

Begin, my soul, th’ exalted lay . . . . . .
Begin, my soul, the lofty strain . . . . . .
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme .
jà my servant; see him rise . . . .
Behold that wise, that perfect law . . .
Behold, the blind their sight receive . .
Behold, the lofty sky . . . . . . . . . .
Behold the Savior on the cross . . . . .
Behold the sure foundation-stone . . . . .
Behold the woman's promised seed . . .
Behold, what condescending love . . . . .
Behold, what wondrous grace . . . . . .
Behold, where, breathing love divine . . .
Behold, where, in a mortal form . . . . .
Be joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth
Beneath God's terrors doomed to groan
Beneath our feet, and o'er our head. .
Be with me, Lord, where’er I go . . .
Bless God, ye servants that attend . .
‘Blest are the meek,” he said . . . .
Blest are the men of broken heart . .
Blest are the souls that hear and know
Blest be the everlasting God . . . . . . .
Blest Instructer, from thy ways . . . . .
Blest is the man who fears the Lord . . .
Blest is the man whose heart expands . .
Blest Spirit, source of grace divine . . . .
Blow ye the trumpet, blow . . . . . . .
Brightest and best of the sons of the mornin
Bright source of everlasting love . . . . .
Bright was the guiding star that led . . .

CAN creatures to perfection find . . . . . .
Celestial worlds, your Maker's praise . .
Christians, brethren, ere we part . . . .
Christ the Lord is risen to-day . . . .
Clay to clay, and dust to dust . . . .
Come, fellow-sinners, come away -
Come, hither, all ye weary souls . . .
Qome, holy Spirit, heavenly Dove . .
Come, let us join our cheerful songs .
Come, said Jesus' sacred voice . . . .
Come, sing a Savior's power . . . . .
Come, sinners, saith the mighty God.
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast . .
Come, sound his praise abroad . . . .
Come, thou almighty King . . . . . -
Come, thou desire of all thy saints . . .

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Come, thou long-expected Jesus . . . .
Come to the house of prayer . . . . . . .
Come, ye that love the Lord . . . . . .
Come, ye who know the Savior's love .

DAUGHTER of Zion, from the dust . . . . . .

Dear Lord, behold o servants here . . . .
Dismiss us with thy blessing, Lord . . . .

EARLY, my God, without delay . . . .
Ere mountains reared their forms sublime
Eternal and immortal King . . . . . . .
Eternal God, almighty Cause . . . . . .
Eternal Power, almighty God . . . .
Eternal Power, whose high abode
Eternal Source of every joy. . . .
Eternal Spirit, source *I'light . .
Eternal Spirit, 'twas thy breath .
Eternal Wisdom, thee we praise .
Exalted Prince of Life, we own.
Exalt the Lord our God . . . . .

FAITH adds new charms to earthly bliss
Faith, hope, and love now dwell on earth .
Fallen is thy throne, O Israel, . . . . . .
Far as thy name is known . . . . . . . . .
Far from my thoughts, vain world, be gone
Far from these scenes of night . . . . . . .
Father adored in worlds above . . . . . .
Father divine, thy piercing eye . . . .
Father, how wide thy glory shines .
Father, is not thy promise pledged .
Father of all, omniscient Mind . . .
Father of all, whose powerful voice
Father of angels and of men . . . .
Father oflight, conduct my feet . .
Father of lights, we sing thy name.
Father of mercies, God of love . .
Father of mercies, in thy word . . .
Father of mercies, send thy grace
Father of our feeble race . . . .
Father, thy paternal care . . . . .
Father whate'er of earthly bliss .

Forgiveness 'tis a joyful sound
Forgive us, for thy mercy's sake
Frequent the day of God returns
Friend after friend departs . . . .
From all that dwell below the skies

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From Greenland's icy mountains . . . . . . -

From North and South, from East and West

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