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HYMNS AND PSALMS,
SELECTED AND PREPARED BY
ANDREW KIPPIS, D. D. F.R.S. AND S. A.
THE FOURTH EDITION,
Corrected and improved.
I will sing with the Spirit, and I will sing with the Understanding also.
1 Corinth. xiv. 15.
TO WHICH 15 ADDED A
Printed by C. Stower, Paternoster Row,
147. q. 339.
ON the importance of Psalmody in public
worship it is not necessary to enlarge. Every pious and well-regulated mind will be sensible of the obligations we are under to celebrate the praises of the Supreme Being, and of the edification and pleasure arising from such a devout exercise, when conducted in a proper manner. In this sacred employment, particular care should be taken that nothing be introduced which shall clash with the sentiments, or hurt the feelings, of any sincere Christian. This is evident from the very nature of social prayer and praise, in which it is requisite that every member of a religious assembly should be able to join; and, consequently, from which every thing of a doubtful or disputable kind
. ought ought to be removed. To the truth of these sentiments a full testimony has been given by Dr. WATTS. In the preface to the larger edition of the Psalms, he says, “ Nor “ have I confined my expressions to any par66 ticular party or opinion; that in words pre" pared for public worship, and for the lips 6 of multitudes, there might not be a sylla66 ble offensive to sincere Christians, whose “ judgments may differ in the lesser matters of " religion.” The following language is likewise found in the preface to the Hymns : “ The contentious and distinguishing words 66 of sects and parties are secluded, that whole ".assemblies may assist at the harmony, and 6 different churches join in the same wer66 ship without offence.” That the Doctor was not himself sufficiently attentive to conform hiş practice to these declarations, has been felt by many an upright follower of Jesus, and is especially apparent from a number of his Hymns. In his Psalms, also, various passages occur, which have so peculiar a relation to the situation and circumstances either of David in particular, or of the Jews. in general, as not to be adapted to the present state of things.
But were all the compositions, of Dr Watts perfectly unexceptionable, or entirely conforniable to the ideas of every Christian, still there is no necessity for our being con
fined to the productions of any single person. There are many hymns by different writers, which highly deserve to constitute a part of our religious services. · Accordingly, several collections have been made of late years, in which the compositions of other pious authors have been introduced, besides those of Dr. Watts. Of these collections one only' has been formed in London, and the use of it has been limited to a single congregation, The generality of the Presbyterian Societies in the metropolis and its vicinity have hitherto contented themselves solely with Dr. Watts's Psalms. Of this defect we and many Ministers have long been sensible: and, therefore, in the present work, we have endeavoured to remedy the deficiency as far as lies in our power; in doing which we have not adopted any preceding collection, but have determined to make a new.one for the use of ourselves, of our respective congregations, and of such other Christian assemblies as may approve of our labours. In this business we have been very diligent in seeking for assistance. And here we must acknowledge, ihat our principal obligations are still due to Dr. Watts, whose praise in the churches we are · so far from wishing to Jessen, that we have with pleasure given it a wider diffusion. Our obligations, to him are the greater, as we have taken in the whole range of his devout poetry;