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A second inducement to the undertaking was found in the kindness of the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, in consenting to revise the Selection, and thereby afford to the present volume the same recommendation which has been already extended to a publication of the same kind in the province of York.
The proportion of Psalms to other compositions is somewhat smaller than is usually exhibited in such volumes. This has arisen both from the difficulty of finding them in suitable versions, and because such as they may be found they are already in the hands of every congregation at the end of their Common Prayer-Books. A further reason is that many of those compositions which in other selections are entitled "Psalms," are here deprived of that appellation, because they do not adhere with sufficient faithfulness to the original to enable them to be considered as versions of Holy Scripture.
In the appendix, with some which escaped
notice in printing, have been thrown together a few compositions of a more private nature, suitable for example for sacramental meetings between a pastor and his flock.
Brighstone Rectory, Isle of Wight,
PSALMS AND HYMNS.
1 AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun
2 Thy precious time mispent redeem,
3 Let all thy converse be sincere,
4 Wake and light up thyself my heart,
I AWAKE, awake, ye heav'nly choir;
2 May we like you, in God delight,
3 Lord, we our vows to thee renew;
4 Direct, control, suggest, this day,
That all our pow'rs, with all their might,
5 Praise God, &c.
1 GOD of the morning, at whose voice,