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This book contains, beside familiar hymns, others, both ancient and modern, that have approved themselves to the Christian heart. They have been taken from so many ages, tongues, and communions, that the book is, as its name imports, a fair expression of the life of the Church of God. It may be proper to state that, as far as possible, the hymns are conformed to the authors' own editions. Where alterations of any moment have been retained, the fact is indicated by the letter (a) after the author's name in the Index of First Lines. Acknowledgment is hereby made to brethren, both clerical and lay, whose labors, contributions, translations, criticisms, and suggestions have added greatly to the value of the work. Especially are thanks due to the Rev. Dr. Philip SCHAFF and the Rev. Dr. Ray PALMER. Several beautiful hymns of Dr. PALMER's are given to the Church for the first time in this book. The musical part of the book, except a portion of the chants, has been arranged and edited by Mr. U. C. BURNAP. It contains not only tunes deservedly popular, but also much music of great merit, dear to the Church of God in earlier times, and by this book brought within reach of the Church in America. The text of the music is that of the authors. Special acknowledgment is made to Mr. E. J. HOPKINS, of the Temple Church, London, for the use which has been made of his admirable arrangements and compositions. The book is sent forth with humble prayer that it may be accepted of God, and may be serviceable to His Church.

New York, June, 1869.

The issue of another edition has afforded opportunity to subject the work to a minute and careful revision. The result has been the correction of such errata as are well-nigh unavoidable in a first edition.

New York, August, 1869.

The Lord is in His holy temple :
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.

Stand up and bless the Lord for ever and ever:
Blessed be Thy glorious Name !
Thou, even Thou art Lord alone :
The host of heaven worshippeth Thee.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name:
Bring an offering and come before Him:
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness :
Fear before Him all the earth.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit :
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

V. Thus saith the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity : · Whose Name is Holy:

I dwell in the high and holy place ;
With him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones,


Offer unto God thanksgiving,
And pay thy vows unto the Most High.

Show us Thy mercy, O Lord :
And grant us Thy salvation.
Lord, hear our prayer,
And let our cry come unto Thee.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Which made heaven and earth.


Our Father who art in heaven :
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. AMEN.


I BELIEve in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth :

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord ;
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried ; He descended

into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father

Almighty ;
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost :
The Holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints :
The forgiveness of sins :
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.



God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

1.—Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

II.—Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.

III.—Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain ; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.

IV.- Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested, the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath-day, and hallowed it.

V.-Honor thy father and thy mother : that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

VI.—Thou shalt not kill.
VII.—Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII.—Thou shalt not steal.
IX.—Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

X.—Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.


St. Matthew 22 : 37-40. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

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