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orous or moving spirit. On very impressive subjects, the austerest simplicity is doubtless preferable to the more brilliant style which is too often sought after. I cannot say that I have not, at times, erred in some of these respects. There may be a few pieces too wild and sparkling for hymns; and others, again, that sink down towards prosaic flatness.

The names of the authors, so far as I have been able to ascertain them, are prefixed. I had wished to insert the hymns just as their authors left them, only omitting such stanzas as were superfluous or objectionable. But after spending a considerable time in tracing them back to their original state, and finding that many, which were excellent on the whole, did absolutely require some changes, I concluded to take them in the best form in which I could find them, and sometimes to venture my own hand at their improvement. But in every case of known alteration, (except bare omission,) I have been scrupulous to signify the fact by prefixing a star [*] to the author's name. As for the anonymous hymns, I could seldom determine what was their original state ; and in them, changes have been admitted or made, without notice. The alterations, after all, will be found, I think, to be much less, than in some compilations which make greater professions of adhering to the originals. The book is now humbly submitted, with an earnest prayer

that it may prove an efficient aid to the spirit of devotion both in public and in private.

Roxbury. February, 1837. Hosea Ballou, 20.

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ABIDE with us,-the evening shades
Absurd and vain attempt, to bind
AMiction is a stormy deep.
Again our ears have heard the voice
Again the Lord of life and light
Ah, wretched souls that strive in vain
A King shall reign in righteousness
All hail the power of Jesus' name
All nature dies and lives again .
All-powerful, self-existent God
All-seeing God, 'tis thine to know
All ye nations, praise the Lord .
Almighty Father, gracious Lord
Almighty God, in humble prayer
Almighty God, thy wondrous works
Almighty Lord, before thy throne
Almighty Maker, Lord of all
Almighty Maker of my frame
Aloud we sing the wondrous grace
Am I an Israelite indeed
Amidst unsatisfied desires .
And can my heart aspire so high.
And is the gospel peace and love .
Angels, roll the rock away :
Another six days' work is done
As parched in the barren sands
As showers on meadows newly mown
As the sweet flower, which scents the morn
A voice from the desert comes awful and shrill
Awake, and sing the song.
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays .
Awake, my soul, lift up thine eyes
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve
Awake, our drowsy souls
Away with our sorrow and fear

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Before the rosy dawn of day.
Before thy throne, eternal King,
Begin, my soul, th' exalted lay
Begin, my soul, the lofty strain
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme
Behold my servant; see him rise
Behold that wise, that perfect law
Behold, the blind their sight receive
Behold, the lofty sky
Behold the Savior on the cross
Behold the sure foundation-stone
Behold the woman's promised seed
Behold, what condescending love .
Behold, what wondrous grace
Behold, where, breathing love divine
Behold, where, in a mortal form
Be joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth
Beneath God's terrors doomed to groan
Beneath our feet, and o'er our head .
Be with me, Lord, where'er I go
Bless God, ye servants that attend
'Blest are the meek,' he said
Blest are the men of broken heart
Blest are the souls that hear and know
Blest be the everlasting God.
Blest Instructer,-from thy ways.
Blest is the man who fears the Lord
Blest is the man whose heart expands
Blest Spirit, source of grace divine
Blow ye the trumpet, blow
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning
Bright source of everlasting love
Bright was the guiding star that led
CAN creatures to perfection find.
Celestial worlds, your Maker's praise
Christians,

brethren, ere we part
Christ the Lord is risen to-day
Clay to clay, and dust to dust
Come, fellow-sinners, come away
Come, hither, all ye weary souls
Come, holy Spirit, heavenly Dove
Come, let us join our cheerful songs
Come, said Jesus' sacred voice .
Come, sing a Savior's power :
Come, sinners, saith the mighty God.
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast
Come, sound his praise abroad .
Come, thou almighty King
Come, thou desire of all thy saints

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Come, thou long-expected Jesus
Come to the house of prayer .
Come, ye that love the Lord
Come, ye who know the Savior's love
DAUGHTER of Zion, from the dust.
Dear Lord, behold thy servants here
Dismiss us with thy blessing, Lord
EARLY, my God, without delay
Ere mountains reared their forms sublime
Eternal and immortal King
Eternal God, almighty Cause
Eternal Power, almighty God
Eternal Power, whose high abode
Eternal Source of every joy,
Eternal Spirit, source of light
Eternal Spirit, 'twas thy breath
Eternal Wisdom, thee we praise
Exalted Prince of Life, we own.
Exalt the Lord our God :

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FAITH adds new charms to earthly bliss
Faith, hope, and love now dwell on earth
Fallen is ihy throne, O Israel,
Far as thy name is known .
Far from my thoughts, vain world, be gone
Far from these scenes of night .
Father adored in worlds above .
Father divine, thy piercing eye.
Father, how wide thy glory shines
Father, is not thy promise pledged
Father of all, omniscient Mind.
Father of all, whose powerful voice
Father of angels and of men,
Father of light, conduct my feet
Father of lights, we sing thy name
Father of mercies, God of love.
Father of mercies, in thy word .
Father of mercies, send thy grace
Father of our feeble race
Father, thy paternal care
Father whate'er of earthly bliss
Forgiveness ! 'tis a joyful sound
Forgive us, for thy mercy's sake
Frequent the day of God returns
Friend after friend departs
From all that dwell below the skies
From Greenland's icy mountains
From North and South, from East and West

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From the table now retiring
From worship now thy church dismiss
GIVE to our God immortal praise
Give to the winds thy fears
Glorious things of thee are spoken
Glory be to God on high ..
Glory to God on high
God,

in the gospel of his Son
God is a name my soul adores
God is a spirit just and wise .
God is my strong salvation
God is our Refuge in distress
God is the Refuge of his saints
God moves in a mysterious way
God, my supporter and my hope
God of eternity, from thee .
God of mercy and of wisdom
God of mercy, God of love.
God of my childhood and my youth
God of my life, through all its days .
God of my life, whose gracious power
God of our fathers, 'tis thy hand
God of our salvation, hear us
God of the morning, at whose voice
God of the year, with songs of praise
God reigns; events in order flow.
God, to correct the world
God, who is just and kind .
Go, preach the gospel, Jesus cries
Go to dark Gethsemane .
Grace ! 'tis a charming sound
Great Cause of all things, Source of life
Greatest of beings, Source of life.
Great Father of mankind
Great Framer of unnumbered worlds
Great God, attend while Zion sings
Great God, at whose all-powerful call
Great God, beneath whose piercing eye .
Great God, how infinite art thou .
Great God, indulge my humble claim
Great God, in vain man's narrow view
Great God of nations, now to thee
Great God of providence, thy ways.
Great God of wonders, all thy ways
Great God, the heavens' well-ordered frame
Great God, this sacred day of thine
Great God, wert thou extreme to mark
Great God, we sing that mighty hand
Great God, with wonder and with praise

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