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Song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the Book, and to open the Seals thereof: for thou wast sain, and bast redeemed us to God by thy Blood, out of every Kindred, and Tongue, and people, and Nation; and baft made us unto our God Kings and Priests: And we ft:all reign on the Eartb. Rev. 5. 8, 9, 10.
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb l'ood on the Mount Sion, and with him an bundred forty and four Thoufanit, kaving bis Father's Name writ:en in their Foreheads. And I beard a Voice from Heavin, as the Voice of many Waters, and as the Voice of a great Ikunder: And I heard the Voice of Harpers kar ping with their tarps: And they Jung as it were a new Song before the I krone, and before the four Beasts and the Elders : And no Man could learn tkut Song, but the hundred and forty and four Thousand, wbich
avere redeemed from the Earth. Rev. 14. ), 2, 3
Imitating these fine passages, our Milton has thus nobly represented those harmonious Beings.
“ Then crown'd again, their golden Harps
(they took, “ Harps ever tun'd, that glitt'ring by their Side “ Like Quivers hung, and with Preamble sweet “ Of charming Symphony they introduce “ T'he sacred Song, and waken Raptures high: “ No one exempi, noVoice but wellcouldjoin Melodious Part; such Concord is in Heav'n."
The Christians in the first Ages of the Church are full in their Rea commendation of divine Harmony.
Is any merry? Let bim fing PSALMS.
St. James. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all Wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in PSALMS, and Hymns, and SPIRITUAL SONGS,
finging with Grace in your Hearts to the Lord.
St. Paul to the Colossians. Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and SPIRITUAL SONGS, finging and making Melody in your Heart to the Lord.
St. Paul to the Ephesians. I will fing with the Spirit, and I will fing with the Understanding also.
St. Paul to the Corinthians. And when Christ and his Apostles bad sung an HYMN, they went out into the Mount of Olives.
St. Matthew. « The Christians used on a set « folemn Day, to meet together be“ fore Sun-rising, and to sing a
mong themselves an HYMN to Chrift, as God.”
Pliny to Trajan. с
This Evidence is abundantly fufficient to satisfy serious and candid Christian's that there is no Impropriety in our making use of Hymns as well as, Plalms in our religious Adoration of almighty God.
Some gloomy Beings indeed there are, who explode all Music, vocal and inftrumental. What fuch Perfons mean to make of themfelves when they arrive at Heaven, where there is an eternal Hallelujah, sung in full Chorus before the Throne of God, I leave them to confider. At prefent however, I think the strong Sentiment of Shakespear, with little Softning, is not unapplicable:
" The Man that hath no Mufie in himself, "Nor is not mov'd with Concord of sweet
[Sounds, “ Is fit for Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils; " The Motions of his Spirit are dull as Night, “ And his Affections dark as Erebus : • Let no such Man be trusted.”
Various are the Creatures we have got to deal with. Others have rooted and insuperable Prejudices against the Use of an Organ in our religious Assemblies.
As that noble Instrument is frequently conducted, I own it is ratherhurtful to Devotion than otherwise. But an Organ, in good Hands, and under judicious Management, ' is attended, if I may be allowed to judge from my own Feelings, with most rare and delightful Effects upon the Mind.
.“ Oh! what Art can teach,
What human Voice can reach, “ The facred Organ's Praise? “ Notes inspiring holy Love, " Notes that wing their heavenly Ways “ To mend the Choirs above."
$6 Now let the pealing Organ blow, “ To the full voic'a Quire below, “In Service high, and Anthems clear,