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HYMNS.

OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK

OF

AND
A LITURGY,

FOR TİE USE OF
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCHES,

TO WHICH ARE ADDED

PRAYERS
FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS.

PUBLISHED BY ORDER
OF THE EVANGELICAL LUTAERAN SINOD
Evoluth Ministerium

I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the un-

derstanding also. I will sing with the spirit, and I will
sing with the understanding also.1 Cor. xiv. 15.

GERMANTOWY:

PRINTED BY M. BILLMEYER,

DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, To wit : ****** BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the seventie

L. S. day of July, in the thirty ninth year of the Inde ****** pendence of the United States of America, A. D. 1814, GEORGE & DANIEL BILLMEYER, of the said District, have deposited in this office the Title of a Book the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following,

to wit:

6 A Collection of Hymns, and a Liturgy, for the use of

Evangelical Lutheran Churches ; to which are added Prayers for Families and Individuals. Published by or. der of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the State of Nero York." "I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also. I will sing with the spirit,

and I will sing rith the understanding also.” 1Cor.xiv.15. In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, intituled," An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.”-And also to the Act, entitled, “An

Act supplementary to an Act, entitled “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits

thereof to the Arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.

D. CALDWELL,
Clerk of the District of Pennsylvania.

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PREFACE. The singing of hymns is justly considered a delightful and important part of public worship: It was in use even among the ancient heathens. Moses introduced it, by divine command, into his religious institution; and Da. vid raised it to high perfection by his poetical talents and musical skill. Our blessed Saviour has recommended this pious exercise to his followers by his own practice ; and St. Paul exhorts us to "Yeach and admonish one another in spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord." No act of social religion is either more pleasing, in itself, or more happily adapted to cherish the love of God and man, than that which is enforced by these high authorities.

The Lutheran church in Germany is distinguished for its attachment to sacred music, and is possessed of, perhaps, the best and most numerous collections of hymns extant in the Christian world. From this source, our congregations in the United States have derived abundant supplies. The prevalence of the English language, however, makes it necessary for many members of our communion to conduct their public worship, altogether, or in part, in that language, and of course to provide for them a compilation of English hymns. This has indeed been already attempted by several individuals. But as the selections, published by them, evidently admit of great improvement, another was ordered to be prepared by a committee appointed for that purpose by the Lutheran Synod of the State of New-York, convened at Rhinebeck in September, A. D. 1812 ; and, in compliance with this order, the folJuwing work is printed. It is not pretended to be as perfect as could be wished, nor are all its parts of equal value. But the materials, of which it is composed, have been chosen with no little care and consideration ; a large number of Hymn-books of various denominations has been consulted; and it is hoped, that it will receive in a good degree the approbation of those for whom it is intended, and be. come a means of promoting their edification.

The same committee was charged with the preparation of a new and enlarged Liturgy for our churches. Forms

DISTRICT OF PEN.WSYLVANIA, T, wit:

: BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the seventh ;L. S.; day of July, in the thirty ninth year of the Inde: pendence of the United States of America, A. D. 1814, GEORGE & DANIEL BILLMEYER, of the said District, have deposited in this office the Title of a Book the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

“...A Collection of Hymns, and a Liturgy, for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added Prayers for Families and Individuals. , Published by order of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the State of JWeir-York.” “I will pray with the spirit, and I willpray with the understanding also. Iwill sing with the spirit, and I willsing with the understanding also.” 10or.xiv.15.

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, intituled, “An Act for the encouragementof Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.”—And also to the Act, entitled, “An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.” D. CALDWELL, * Clerk of the District of Pennsylvania.

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HE singing of hymns is justly considered a delightful and important part of public worship. It was in use even among the ancient heathens. Moses introduced it, by divine command, into his religious institution; and David raised it to high perfection by his poetical talents and musical skill. Our blessed Saviour has recommended this ious exercise to his followers by his own practice; and t. Paul exhorts us to “teach and admonish one another in spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord.”. No act of social religion is either more pleasing in itself, or more happily adapted to cherish the love of God and man, than that which is enforced by these high authorities. The Lutheran church in Germany is distinguished for its attachment to sacred music, and is possessed of, perhaps, the best and most numerous collections of hymns extant in the Christian world. From this source, our congregations in the United States have derived abundant supplies. The prevalence of the English language,however, makes it necessary for many members of our communion to conduct their public worship, altogether, or in part, in that o and of course to provide for them a compilation of English hymns. This has indeed been already attempted by several individuals. . But as the selections, published by them, evidently admit of greatimprovement, another was ordered to be prepared by a committee a g. for that purpose by the Lutheran Synod of the tate of New-York, convened at Rhinebeckin September, A. D. 1812; and, in compliance with this order, the fol1 wing work is printed. It is not pretended to be as perfect as could be wished, nor are all its parts of equal value. But the materials, of which it is composed, have been chosen with no little care and consideration; a large number of Hymn-books of various denominations has been consulted; and it is hoped, that it will receive in a good degree the approbation of those for whom it is intended, and become a means of promoting their edification. The same committee was charged with the preparation of a new and enlarged Liturgy for our churches. Forms

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