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SOCIAL AND PRIVATE WORSHIP,
TO A DEVOTIONAL FORM.
PUBLISHED BY WAIT, GREENE, AND co.
BV 350 •H85
THIS small collection of hymns is compiled on a principle somewhat different from any now in use. It was thought that the singing of hymns, being an act of devotion, should, like prayer, be a direct address to the Supreme Being; and that when exercised by a social circle, should be offered in plural language, to signify their joint cooperation. From inattention to these principles, many of the hymns in our best collections, cannot be sung in concert, by many persons of devotional feelings, without a strong sense of impropriety. On this principle the following hymns have been selected; and such alterations have been made as to give them this character. The collection, it is hoped, will be found adapted to social and family worship; and the hymns are reduced to a small number, to make a cheap and portable volume.
Our hearts thy mercies would record,
2 In life's first dawn, our tender frame
3 When life hung trembling on a breath, 'T was thine almighty love
That saved us from impending death,
4 Each rolling year new favors brought