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The foregoing Title indicates the purposes for which this Collection has been formed. It is especially designed for the use of those who, while they cherish reverential faith and grateful love towards the Lord Jesus Christ, deem themselves imperatively obliged to confine their religious worship, and the supreme homage of their affections, to Jehovah, bis God and Father, who sent him to be the Saviour of the world. No serious candid persons, however, who make the teachings of Christ and his Apostles their guide in duty, faith, and worship, can find in it much, if any thing, to offend them. A very large proportion of the hymns are such as must approve themselves to the heart, and the judgment, of every one who understands and partakes the spirit of the Gospel.
This Hymn Book corresponds, in several respects, with that known by the appellation of the Exeter Collection ; but it is considerably more copious, as the latter contains only three hundred and thirteen hymns. It was a leading object in the compilation of the Exeter Collection, to increase the number of hymns peculiarly Christian-relating to the blessings of the Gospel, the character and offices of Christ, and the affections due to him. The course adopted in it has
met with extensive accordance. The Collection h itself been adopted by many Unitarian Congregation and its system has, in this respect, been followed most of those Collections which have been formed, for t use of others, since the first publication of it in 1812
The class of hymns above specified, will be fou considerably augmented in the present Collection : 1 the chief additions have been made in the Fourth Bor which respects the experience of the Christian life, trials, and its duties.
The influence of devotional poetry, and perhe especially of hymns, (from their general brevity, un of thought, and musical rhythm,) is very great in hours of despondency, of contrition, of solicitude, a of affliction, as well as in guiding the soul in its perio of thankfulness and confiding hope, and in strengtheni its purposes of faithful duty. The hymn book of supplies valuable aid to devotion, support to fortitu balm to the wounded spirit, and elevation and animat to all the pious affections. Consisting of the ce positions of various individuals, with great diversity views and feelings, it may reasonably be expected present something to touch the corresponding chords the heart of every one who employs it for the purp for which it is designed ; and—just like expressi from the Scriptures--hymns which, in some state the affections, or in some of the ordinary circumstar of life, may present nothing to interest, will, in oth appear to have a force, and an adaptation to spiri wants, which the inexperienced cannot understand.
While, therefore, no composition has been admi into the Unitarian Christian's Hymn Book, whic exclusively adapted to the case of a solitary individ it is hoped that there are no circumstances in
of it in 1812.
Collection : but che Fourth Book, Christian life, its
y, and perhaps
Christian life, for which there will not be found some-
From the system which has been followed in this
It has, however, been deemed unnecessary to specify these ; and, indeed, it would not be easy to draw any well-defined line of distinction. The separation of such hymns from those for more general use, has been attended with inconvenience in the private employment of hymn books.
Should it appear to candid judges that, in some cases, the verbal expression will not bear a strict critical examination, it may nevertheless be found that the sentiment is conveyed so clearly and forcibly, that it was not worth while to alter the words, at the risk of lessening the strength and perspicuity of the passage. In some instances, defective rhymes have been left, rather than do injury to the sense ; and in others, hymns of little poetical merit have been admitted, for the sake of the sentiment. It has, however, been the constant aim, to satisfy the understanding, the correct taste, and the regulated imagination, as well as to animate and elevate the affections.
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The compilation of this Hymn Book was commenced in 1824, in consequence of the liberal offer of one hundred pounds, made anonymously to the Lewin's Mead Congregation in this city, when the Collection
in use among them had become out of print, in ord. to defray the expense of printing a new one; the i dividual proposing that a copy of it should be given f each copy of the former possessed by a Member of th Congregation. Various circumstances have contribute to delay the execution of the object; but it has nev been out of sight. The arrangements since made wi the Congregation, have enabled the publishers to pri a small pocket edition, at the same time with that duodecimo. Both are executed with great correctness and the labour of conducting this Hymn Book throug the press, has been made light by the typographic skill and accuracy of the printer.
About three hundred of the following hymns a derived from the valuable Collection above referred t which has been employed by the Lewin's Mead Co gregation for the last twenty-five years. The omissio of some contained in it, may, perhaps, be regretted k those to whom they have become familiar: it wi however, be found, that none which it would have bee desirable to retain, have been omitted, without beir replaced by others, from some cause deemed mo: suitable. It may be allowable to add, that no chang has been made without repeated consideration; ar indeed no time or exertion has been spared, to rend this Collection complete and useful.
The Hymn Book which formed the basis of ti present, like the London Collection which preceded i gives many of the hymns that are here retained, wit considerable variations from the originals : and a fe of them are so much altered by various Editors, scarcely to be referable to their Authors. In th Collection it has been kept in view, to employ ti original readings where practicable; but no hesitatic
print, in order w one; the inuld be given for
Member of the have contributed put it has never since made with blishers to print ime with that in t'eat correctness; on Book through de typographical
wing hymns are bove referred to, vin's Mead Con• The omission
be regretted by miliar: it will would have been
without being deemed more hat no change deration; and
has been felt in adopting or in making alterations, if.
The chief difficulty arising from the altering of the hymns, consists in assigning them to their respective Authors, which, on the whole, appeared desirable, and which, as far as practicable, is done in the Index of First Lines. When the original has been left without alterations, or, at most, with slight verbal ones, the Author's name, if known, is given. If, while the general tenor of the hymn is unchanged, the alterations have been considerable, an indication of this is annexed to the Author's name.
Where it is known that the object of address has been changed, or the general
cred, to render
e basis of the ch preceded it, retained, with els : and a few us Editors, as hors. In this to employ the t no hesitation