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Whoso offereth praise, glorifieth me. Psalm 1 23.
Therefore shall the people praise Thee. Psalm xlv. 17.

Let the people praise Thee, O God,—let all the people praise Thee, O let
the nations be glad, and sing for joy, for thou shalt judge the peoplc
righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Psalm 1.xvii. 3, 4.

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PREFACE.

A new edition of the Collection of Hymns for the use of the Universal Church being required, by the entire sale of all the cofies of the former impression, it may be firofier to give a short account of the work. In the year 1792, “ the First Universal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, attendant on the ministry of their respected elder, Mr. John MURRAY, having taken into consideration the imfiracticability of adafiting JAMEs and John RELLy’s Hymns to all the flurfioses of social worshift ; and conceiving that many valuable additions might be made from the writings of many eminent femmen, of almost every fiersuasion in the christian world, were fileased to affioint a committee for the revision of RELLy’s Hymns, and the selection of other composition.” In this selection were many excellent hymns, marked original, written by one of the committee, Mr. GEoRGE Ric HARDs, now minister of the Universal Church at Portsmouth, Mew-Hamfishire. ~ In 1802, this first Collection being out of firint, and the church conceiving that a more extensive selection was necessary, affiointed a committee to select and arrange hymns for a new book ; and a cofty-right continuing on the former collection, they considered it a subject of fiainful regret, that they were not at liberty to insert from it those Hymns marked Original; they believed them worthy a filace in any selection ; but endeavoured to sufftly their filace from sundry authors, who have spoken as well at they were able in the firaise of our adorable Saviour.” ...Another edition being now wanted, and many fiersons erfiressing a wish to have the original hymns added to the collection, we desired fermission of the reverend author to insert them, who with the greatest good will freely granted the request ; and wishing to make this book agree in every resflect with the last edition, we have firinted them as an Affendix, with their titles, &c. as first written. * That the work as amended may meet the affirobation, and aid the religious exercises of the believers in the uni- . versal salvation of all men through the atonement of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is the sincere wish of THE PUBX. ISAIERS.

Boston, May 1, 1808.

SELECT Polations of Sc RIPTURE, INTRoDUCTORY To THE ARTICLEs of FAITH.

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1. Behold, how good and how fleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity.

2. Like the firecious ointment usion the head, tha ran down usion the beard, Aaron’s beard : that went down to the skirts of his garments :

3. As the dew of Hermon, that descended usion the mountains of Zion : for there the Lord commanded the blessing, life for evermore. ~

Aaron, the Jewish high priest, stands as a type of the High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus ; who was anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows, which anointing descended on the people. with whom he was to clothe himself, according to Isaiah xlix. 18. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt

clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind

them as a bride. This anointing of the great High Priest descending on his garment, causes them to. smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory falaces, whereby they have made them glad. O the condescension of the expression shewing, that he expresses it as agreeable to Him, when his disciples. in their conversation and conduct make manifest the favour of his knowledge in every place where they meet together, to which they are under the strongest obligation,

1st of John, chap, i. ver, 1 to 7.

1. THAT which was from the beginning, which ove. have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which: we have looked usion, and our hands have handled of the word of life.

- A 2.

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