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ACCORDING TO THE
ARTICLES OF THE CREED.
JOHN AND CHARLES MOZLEY.
A BRIEF statement of the principles by which the compiler of this Hymn Book has been guided in the selection, adaptation, and arrangement of the Hymns which it contains, will explain the reasons of his dissatisfaction with the present state of Congregational Psalmody, and the nature of the improvement which he has attempted to effect.
1. In the selection of the following Hymns care has been taken to choose such only as may fairly claim a poetical character. It is not meant to assert that all the Hymns of this Collection possess surpassing merit as compositions. But none have been admitted in which poverty of sentiment, weakness of expression, and doggerel versification, have too often been excused on account of the sanctity of their subjects, and the purity of their doctrine.
On the other hand, most of those Hymns will be found in this volume which are best known, and most