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Entered according to an act of Congress, in the year 1843, by William Hunter, in the Clerk's office, for the District Court of Ohio.
Stereotyped by J. A. James,
The following edition of this work has been re-arranged from the third (type) edition, with considerable care and labor. A great many hymns found not to be in common use, have been omitted, and new ones inserted in their stead. The book is almost a new work; and the compiler hopes that it will prove even more acceptable to the Singing Community than any of its prede
The following remarks have been made concerning this work, by the editors of the Eastern and Western Christian Advocates.
“Since it is so that there must be a collection of popular hymns for prayer meetings and the social circle, we are glad to see that this matter has been taken in hand by one so well calculated to do it justice as the editor of the present volume. Two things in this collection will make very much in its favor--the absence of those dogg
ditties, which are a reproach to an enlightened people, and the presence of some hymns, which, though not in our standard Hymn Book, will not suffer on a comparison with some of Mr. Wesley's most evangelical strains. We discover also some beautiful originals.”
Christian Advocate and Journal.
“This, in our opinion, is much superior to any other collection of spiritual songs presented to the public for many years. It is a selection of the best, improved by additions from the pen of the compiler.”
Western Christian Advocate. Note.-The name of a suitable tune to which the piece may be sung, will frequently be found on the left margin at the head of the hymn. The original hymns are scattered through the book, and marked with the initials of the author,
COLLECTION OF FAVORITE HYMNS
HYMN 1. 8 lines 8s and 7s.
Why should a good be evil? Music, alas! too long has been
Press'd to obey the devil.
Tends to the soul's undoing;
Down to eternal ruin.
Innocent sounds recover?
Plunder the carnal lover;
Every melting measure;
Rescue the holy pleasure. 3 Come, let us try if Jesus' love
Will not as well inspire us;
This is the theme of those above;
This upon earth can fire us.
Is there a subject greater ?
But Jesus' name is sweeter,
4 Jesus the soul of music is;
His is the noblest passion; Jesus' name is life and peace,
Happiness and salvation. Jesus' name the dead can raise,
Show us our sins forgiven; Fill us with all the life of grace,
Carry us up to heaven.
5 Who have a right like us to sing,
Us whom his mercy raises ?
Joyful are all our faces.
He evermore rejoices:
Melody with our voices.
6 He that a sprinkled conscience hath,
He that in God is merry,
Joyful and never weary.
In spirit, never ceasing;
Worship, and thanks, and blessing.