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alterations in the expressions or arrangement, made either by themselves or by preceding Collectors, the Hymns are essentially different from what they originally were; and there are few in which some alterations have not been made. As it would be useless, and indeed almost impracticable, to specify all the changes which have been made on the originals, the Editors leave the Hymns, (as in the former Collection,) without reference to their respective Authors.
The Editors may be allowed to state, before they conclude, that, individually and collectively, they have spared no pains to render the Collection as complete and useful as possible. They regard the object as a very important one,-believing that a Hymn-Book has great efficacy in the formation and cultivation of devotional feelings and religious principle, owing, in part, to the employment of it in the public services of religion, and, perhaps not less, to the use frequently made of it in private. While they indulge the hope, that the Collection will meet the wishes, and promote the religious edification, of the Congregation for whose service it has especially been formed, they are not without the expectation, that it will be more extensively useful in farthering the grand cause of Christian truth and practice. With these views they humbly commend their labours to the divine blessing.
May the 29th, 1812.
THOSE hymns which are marked by an
asterisk (*), are original: those which are marked
by an obelus (†), have not heretofore been pub-
lished in any Collection of Hymns designed for
ABSURD and vain the attempt to bind.......
Again our weekly labours end,
Again the Lord of life and light,
Again to God your cheerful anthems bring;
A glory gilds the sacred page,
All-powerful, self-existent God,
All-seeing God! 'tis thine to know
*All yet is well,' the mother said,
Almighty Author of our frame!
Almighty Father! gracious Lord!
Almighty God! thy powerful word
+Almighty Power! amazing are thy ways,.. 80
Amidst a world of hopes and fears,
And now, my soul! another year
Arise, my soul! extend thy wings
At the portals of thy house,
Author of good! we rest on thee;
Awake, my soul! stretch every nerve, .....
Awake, our souls! awake, our tongues!
Before Jehovah's awful throne,
Begin, my soul! the exalted lay;
Behold the affecting sight,
Behold! the lofty sky
Behold! the morning sun
Behold the Prince of Peace,
Behold! where, breathing love divine,
Behold! where, in the friend of man,
Beset with snares on every hand,
Be thou exalted, O my God!
Be hou my Shepherd, gracious Lord!
*Bless'd are the meek,' he said......
Bless'd are the poor of patient mind,
Bless'd be the everlasting God,
Bless, O my soul! the living God;
†Blest is the man that fears the Lord;
Blow ye the trumpet, blow
Come, said Jesus' sacred voice
Come, sound his praise abroad,
Come, ye that love the Lord,
Consider all my sorrows, Lord!
Eternal and Immortal King!
+Eternal bliss, and lasting woe,
Eternal God! Almighty Cause
Eternal God! how frail is man!.....
Eternal God! thy works of might
Eternal Source of every joy!
Eternal Source of life and light!....
Faith adds new charms to earthly bliss,
Far from mortal cares retreating,
Far from these narrow scenes of night,
Far from thy servants, God of grace!
Father ador'd in worlds above!
Father divine! before thy view,
Father divine! thy piercing eye,
Father divine! for that bless'd word,
Father of all! eternal God! .......
Father of all! whose cares extend
*Father of Jesus! God of love!
Father of light! we sing thy name,
Father of mercies! God of love!
Father of our feeble race!
Frail life of man-how short its stay,
From all that dwell below the skies,
*From every thought and wish impure, 236
From north and south, from east and west, 138
From the table now retiring,
Give thanks to God most high,
Give to our God immortal praise;
God in his earthly temples lays
God, in the gospel of his Son,
God moves in a mysterious way,
God of eternity! from thee
God of mercy! God of love!
God of my life and Author of my days!
God of my life! my thanks to thee
God of my life! through all its days
God of the morning, at whose voice
God of our lives, whose bounteous care.
God, who in various methods told
Grace 'tis a pleasing sound,
Great Cause of all things! Source of life!
Great First of beings! mighty Lord!
Great Framer of unnumber'd worlds,
Great God! at whose all-powerful call,
Great God! in vain man's narrow view
Great God! my Father, and my Friend,
Great God! the heavens' well-order'd frame 86
Great God! this sacred day of thine
Great God! thy gracious aid impart,
Great God! we in thy courts appear,
Great God! we sing that mighty hand,
Great God! we sing thy praise
Great God! whose all-pervading eye
Great God! whose universal sway
Great is the Lord; his name adore
Great is our God; his works of might
Great Lord of earth, and seas, and skies!.... 188
Great Ruler of all nature's frame!
Great Ruler of the earth and skies!
Great Source of life! our souls confess
* Great Source of unexhausted good,
Great was the day, the joy was great,
Greatest of beings! Source of life!
Hail, great Creator! wise and good! .............
Happy is he whose early years.
Happy the man, whose wishes climb
Hark! the glad sound! the Saviour comes, 103
Hasten, sinner! to be wise;
+Hear, O ye dead! awake, arise!
Hear us, O Father! when we pray,
He dies, the friend of sinners dies;
High in the heavens, eternal God!
Holy, holy, holy Lord! .............
*Homage pay to God above,
Hope of the wretched! thou alone
Hosanna! let us join to sing....
Hosanna, with a cheerful sound,
How blest the sacred tie that binds
How gracious is our God!
How many are thy thoughts of love!
How pleasing, Lord! to see, ..........................
How precious, Lord! thy holy word!
How rich thy favours, God of grace!
How shall I praise the eternal God,
If love with other graces reign,
If solid happiness we prize,
*If we the Saviour's laws obey,
I'll bless Jehovah's glorious name,
Immortal God! on thee we call,
Imposture shrinks from light,
In all my vast concerns with thee,
*In all thy dealings, gracious God!
Indulgent Father! how divine, ......
Indulgent God! whose bounteous care .........