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PSALMS AND HYMNS
Social and Príbate Worship.
I WILL SING WITH THE SPIRIT, AND I WILL SING WITH
1 Cor. xiv. 15.
PRINTED FOR THE EDITORS, EXETER :
SOLD BY ROWLAND HUNTER, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD
AND BY JOHN TREADWIN, EXETER.
In the year 1801, a Collection, consisting of 290 Hymns, was compiled for the use of the Congregation assembling for religious worship in George's Meeting-House, in this city. This having for some time been out of print, the Congregation, in the spring of 1811, determined upon the formation of a new , Collection, which, in addition to the most valuable Hymns in the former one, might comprise such others, from different sources, as would render the whole more serviceable. The execution of this object was entrusted to a Committee, consisting of the Ministers and four Members of the Congregation.
At the commencement of their undertaking, the Editors resolved that, while they constantly kept in view the grand truth, that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the only true God, and the only proper object of religious worship, they would studiously endeavour to avoid all expressions directly implying opinions which are commonly controverted, among those who are united by their adherence to this most important principle. It has, at the same time, been their aim, to increase the number of suitable Hymns especially referring to Christian privileges and requisitions, and they believe that this Collection will be found peculiarly calculated to strengthen and enliven, not only those affections which the
Gospel encourages and requires towards the God of love and mercy, as the Source of all its blessings, but those also which are due to our Saviour, on account of the exertions and sufferings, by which he executed the gracious purposes of his heavenly Father.
As it may serve, in various instances, to explain the grounds of their rejection or alteration of Hymns, the Editors think it advisable to state, that they have endeavoured, as much as practicable, to avoid all expressions which, though susceptible of a correct explanation, are calculated to convey, to the uninformed mind, wrong ideas respecting the perfections of the Supreme Being, and the nature of religion,---and also in the Hymns designed for Public Worship) such professions respecting the religious character, as cannot, in all probability, be truly employed by the great bulk of a Congregation, and such resolutions respecting the future, as cannot be executed at all, or at most, by those only who have made very great advances in Christian excellence. And they have, in general, thought it best to avoid those invocations to inanimate objects, &c. which, however suitable they may be to the feelings, when under the guidance of a highly excited imagination, seem scarcely to be calculated, in usual circumstances, to raise the devotional affections, or to be generally suited to the purposes of Public Worship.
- In laying down the foregoing principles,