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cies of literature, will be found in a purer form in this volume than they are usually met with in other collections. Whenever a hymn by one of these, or any other author, seemed to require a great deal of alteration, it was not altered, but left; for it was my desire and intention that every hymn, as it appeared in this collection, should be really the production of the individual whose name is placed over it. I freely omitted such verses, however, as I did not approve, whenever it could be done without essential injury to the connexion.

Those words and expressions which I consider as forming the peculiar and appropriate diction and imagery of sacred poetry, such as Zion, Israel, Canaan, Saints, &c. I have constantly retained.

The adaptation of musical emphasis and expression to the words, I have left with intelligent and well instructed choirs,

Although undertook this work, because I was not altogether-satisfied witli any collection which I had seen, yet I cannot hope to have succeeded to the entire satisfaction of others. I am conscious that I must, at least, have omitted some hymns which many persons have been accustomed to regard as indispensable, and introduced some which

may

be thought unworthy of the place which they occupy. It is to be presumed that there is a considerable number of them which will be admired by some, and disliked by oth

Among five hundred and sixty hymns, there will be found, it is probable, sufficient range for a variety of tastes.

ers.

It is sincerely my prayer that this book, wherever it may be introduced, may be instrumental in heightening the interest of Christian worship, and serving the cause of religion and God ;-and as sincerely is it my wish that wherever and whenever it may be found inadequate to these great purposes, it may be superseded by one which will answer them better.

F. W. P. G.

Oct 1, 1830.

NOTE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

In this stereotyped edition, the number and order of hymns remain precisely as before. The only alterations which have been made; besides the correction of a few typographical errors, are the two following:Instead of the hymn which stood as the 289th in the first edition, and which, through some oversight, was a repetition of the 187th, have been inserted four of those well known verses by Sir Henry Wotton, beginning, 'How happy is he born or taught.' And in the place of the hymn which was numbered 539 in the first edition, has been introduced one on a similar subject, beginning, 'God of the changing year, whose arm of power.'

For the sake of uniformity of editions, these are the only changes which I have permitted myself to make in the body of the work. In the few pages, however, which succeed the Doxologies, I felt

at liberty, and have indulged in more considerable variations, as will be perceived by those who may be acquainted with the first edition, or will take the pains of comparing the two editions together. The whole collection now stands as it probably will remain so long as it shall continue to be in use.

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Feb. 22, 1831.

INDEX OF FIRST LINES.

ACCORDING to thy gracious word
A charge to keep I have ......
Again our ears have heard the voice
Again the Lord of life and light
Ah wretched souls who strive in vain
All earthly charms however dear
All powerful self-existent God
All-seeing God 't is thine to know
All ye nations praise the Lord
Almighty God in humble prayer
Almighty God thy wondrous works.
Almighty God thy word is cast
Almighty Maker Lord of all
Am I an Israelite indeed
Amidst a world of hopes and fears
Amidst unsatisfied desires
And art thou with us gracious Lord
And is the Gospel peace and love
And now my soul another year
And shall I sit alone ...
And will the great eternal God
Another six days work is done ....
As body when the soul has fled
As every day thy mercy spares
A soldier's course from battles won
As parched in the barren sands
As the chased hart midst sultry beams
As the hart with eager looks .....
As the sun's enlivening eye
As the sweet flower that scents the morn
As when the weary traveller gains ...

517
282

29
232
300
287
100
311

64
405
137

30
403
308
310
275
164
245
547
359
529

21
315

46
270
288
402
403
513
515
468

Attend ye children of your God
Author of good we rest on thee
A voice from the desert comes awful and shrill
Awake my drowsy soul awake.
Awake my soul and with the sun
Awake my soul lift up thine eyes
Awake my soul stretch every nerve
Awake our souls away our fears
Awake ye saints and raise your eyes.

626
421
206
285

35
273
271
272
467

1
71
207

228

BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne
Begin my soul the exalted lay
Behold my servant see him rise
Behold the amazing sight ..
Behold the blind their sight receive
Behold the lofty sky
Behold the man how glorious he
Behold the morning sun ....
Behold the prince of peace
Behold the Saviour on the cross
Behold where breathing love divine
Behold where in a mortal form
Be it my only wisdom here
Beset with snares on every hand
Be still my heart these anxious cares
Be with me Lord where'er I go
Bless O my soul the living God
Blest are the meek he said
Blest are the sons of peace
Blest are the souls that hear and know
Blest be our everlasting Lord .
Blest be the everlasting God
Blest Instructer from thy ways
Blest is the man who fears the Lord
Blest Spirit source of grace divine
Bright Source of intellectual rays
Bright was the guiding star that led
By cool Siloam's shady rill

239
182
227

36
211
229
240
241
277
407
321
404
112
333
313
258

76
236
352
301
410
200
217
485

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