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PSALMS OF DAVID,
APPLIED TO THE CHRISTIAN STATE AND WORSHIP.
BY ISAAC WATTS, D.D.
All things must be fulfilled which were written in the Psalms concerning
David, Samuel, and the Prophets........That they without us should not be
PROBABLY no Book in the English Language, the Sacred Scriptures of course excepted, has been so extensively useful in creating, improving, and exalting the devotional feelings of Man as the Psalms and Hymns of the celebrated Dr. WATTS. It is not remarkable therefore that this work should be printed in numerous forms and sizes; yet no good Edition in Octavo, (though the size best adapted to the Library, the Family Seat, and the wants of aged Christians) is before the public. While our fellow worshippers in the Church of England have their Book of Common Prayer embellished with all the elegance of modern art, the Dissenters, who use Dr. Watts, have not a copy of their devotional Book in any respect corresponding to the fitting up of their Chapel Seats, or the contents of their Family Libraries.
The Editor flatters himself that this Edition will be found neater and more elegant than any other; but he would be sorry to rest his claims to public patronage solely on the quality of his types or the size of his page. In regard to correctness of Text, and of Puncluation, he invites the minutest scrutiny. Every Psalm and
Hymn has been collated by Dr. Rippon's Arrangement, Dr. Williams's Edition, and a valuable old one published during the life of Dr. Watts. He has not taken the liberty to alter any words which could produce a change in the sense; but, in a few instances, where expressions were evidently ungrammatical, he has changed them. The Punctuation he has also frequently altered, believing that modern usage is not only more consistent with construction, but also more perspicuous.
The verses of Sacred Scripture paraphrased in each Psalm are inserted plainly, after careful revision with the Text, (and especially in regard to the 119th Psalm,) before each Title. In other Editions they stand thus, v. 1-7, 8, 9. Probably Parents or Ministers are not aware how many of their charge are unacquainted with the meaning of these characters.—In no instance is part of a verse carried over to the next page ;-And in only one or two cases, where it was indispensable, have lines been doubled, but the page has been purposely widened, at considerable expense, to admit lines longer than usual.
The Tables will be found copious and accurate. A fresh one for finding a Psalm or Hymn adapted to any given subject has been arranged by the Editor. It cost great pains, and he hopes will be useful. In forming the Outline under which to place the respective Psalms and Hymns he has studied the utmost simplicity. The third part, entitled Christian Worship, ought, in strictness of language, to be classed with the second, as a Christian Duty; but the importance of the subject seem