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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 mad › 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.
INDEX OF FIRST LINES.
THOSE hymns which are marked by an
ABSURD and vain the attempt to bind
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 Father! gracious Lord!
Awake, our souls! awake, our tongues!.... 192
Behold! where, breathing love divine,
Be thou exalted, O my God!
Be thou my Shepherd, gracious Lord!
Come, said Jesus' sacred voice
Eternal and Immortal King!
Faith adds new charms to earthly bliss,
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,
From the table now retiring,......
From north and south, from east and west, 138
Give thanks to God most high,
God of my life and Author of my days!
God of my life! my thanks to thee
Great God! we in thy courts appear,
Great God! whose all-pervading eye... 247
Great Lord of earth, and seas, and skies!.... 188
Great Ruler of all nature's frame!
Hail, great Creator! wise and good!
Hark! the glad sound! the Saviour comes, 103
Hasten, sinner! to be wise; .....
+Hear, O ye dead! awake, arise!
Homage pay to God above, ....
How gracious is our God!
How many are thy thoughts of love!
How precious, Lord! thy holy word!
If love with other graces reign,