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prove offensive to our Brethren ; and at the same time to preserve the sentiment of universal benevolence and grace unimpaired.
Equal caution has been maintained against the admission of any Hymn that would not afford instruction, or inspire a devotional feeling.
It is believed that the defects which are commonly the subjects of complaint i the different collections now used by our Societies, have been so far avoided in this Selection, as to entitle it, at least, to a fair and unprejudiced examination.
Should such examination be accompanied with the approbation of competent inspectors, it is believed that the faithful friends of iruih will not withhold their patronage.
To heighten the enjoyments of public devotion, to promote uniformity in our Churches, and to impart instruction and comfort to the worshipper, has been the principal object of the following Selection.
With these views, the Compiler subinits the following work to the perusal of his Brethren, and commends it to the blessing of that God, whose praise it is designed to promote on the earth.
N. B. The alphabetical arrangement of the Psalms and Hymns in this Book, avith the Index, or table of first lines, is thought to be a sufficient guide for every purpose to which it will be applied, without the addition of an index to the subjects, which would swell the size and expense of the Volume.
Whenever alterations have been made to improve the stile, or correct the sentiment of the original, in this selection, they have not been signified, exceptin cases where the general features of the Hymns have been materially changed.
PSALMS AND HYMNS.
The Lord's Day Morning.
Awakes the kindling ray,
And pours increasing day. 2 O what a night was that which wrapp'd
The heathen world in gloom !
Triumphant from the tomb !
And loud hosannas sung;
And praise on ev'ry tongue.
To hail this welcome morn,
To nations yet unborn.
Was crucified and slain !
Behold be lives again!
Which for the sons of God remains
In varied scenes, both old and new;
By hope, we future mercies taste. 5 In holy duties, let the day,
In holy pleasures pass away:
5 L.M. The Operations of Nature speak the Existence of God
Rom. 1. 20.
And bow the reverential knee ;
The God of nature they shall see.
And planets which in order move !
And testify a God of love.
Enlivens all things here below;
Proclaim a God that made them so.
The sea and land, rocks, hills, and plains;
5 Behold the trees in verdure rise !
His wisdom shines in all their leaves :
And fish that fill the mighty seas! 6 They all unite to speak his pow'r,
From whom all life and being came;
6. L. M.
Persecution and Intolerance, absurd.
With icon chains, the freeborn mind ;
The wand'ring, by destructive flame! 2 Bold arrogance, to snatch from heaven,
Dominion not to mortals given !
Accountable to God alone.
approve; Mild as himself, his doctrine wields
No arms, but those persuasion yields. 4 By proofs divine, and reasons strony,
It draws the willing soul along;
By eloquence, which heav'n inspires.. 5 0 happy, who are thus compell’d
To the rich feast, by Jesus held!
9 Abide with us to their request
The Stranger bows, with smiles divine ;
And weary travellers recline.
As suddenly, whilst breaking bread,
Leave not thy foll’wers thus alone ;
Jesus shall shed his blessings down;
Earth shall renew her blissful crops. 2 Lands, that beneath a burning sky,
Have long been desolate and dry,
And sudden greens and herbage wear. 3 The dews and rains in all their store,
Watring the pastures o'er and o’er,
Which sanctifies and saves our race. 4 As in soft silence, vernal show'rs
Descend, and cheer the fainting flow'rs;