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For the comforting of such as delight in music, it may be permitted that in the beginning or in the end of Common Prayer, either at morning or evening, there may be sung a hymn, or such like song, to the praise of Almighty God, in the best melody and music that may be conveniently devised; having respect that the sentence of the hymn may be understood and perceived.

Queen Elizabeth's Injunctions to the Clergy, 1559



THE following Selection of Psalms and Hymns is intended chiefly for the use of the congregation at the Episcopal Chapel of the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews. Should it be asked what necessity there was for making a new selection for this purpose, when there are so many good ones already extant; it may be truly replied, that numerous and excellent as they may be, not one of them will be found sufficiently appropriate to a congregation composed of Christian JEWS as well as Gentiles. That no such collection should have appeared is easily accounted for, when we remember that it is but within these few years that such a congregation has existed in our own country to experience the want of it. Let us be thankful that we have lived to see the time, when Jews and Gentiles are found glorifying God

our Saviour, "with one mind and one mouth,' within the walls of the same sanctuary. How much the salvation of the Jews engaged the hearts of our martyr-Reformers, may be seen in the devout and fervent prayer for their conversion, appointed to be used on Good Friday. For near three centuries that prayer has been offered up to the throne of grace by the pious members of the Established Church, in the prevailing name, and after the divine cxample, of that SAVIOUR, who himself on the cross prayed for his murderers. May we not, without presumption, indulge a hope that the time is at hand when it shall be seen, that it has not been offered in vain. It is also worthy of remark, that, in the ritual and worship of our venerable church, there is so much which seems peculiarly adapted to promote the edification of the descendants of Abraham, that we might almost be induced to suppose that her founders had even anticipated their accession to it. By hearing the Old and New Testaments read in succession, they have continual opportunities presented

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to them of comparing the one with the other; and of being convinced, that what was written concerning their Messiah, "in the LAW OF MOSES, and in the PROPHETS, and in the PSALMS," has been fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth.

To provide such a book of Psalms and Hymns for singing, as should also be suited to them in union with other Christians, has been the design of the Editor of this volume. He has chosen to give some portion of every Psalm; and while he has not confined himself to any particular yersion, he thinks it right to mention, that he has taken the greatest number from that made and published by the late learned and pious William Goode, M. A. Rector of St. Andrew, Wardrobe, and St. Ann's, Blackfriars. These seemed to be peculiarly suited to his purpose; because, while the author professes in general to adhere to the original text, he has judiciously applied all such Psalms as confessedly had a reference to the Messiah, to our LORD JESUS CHRIST. The Hymns have been

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