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Episcopal collection contains only about four hundred pieces. Perhaps few pastors use more than that number, even when three times as many are afforded them.
This book embraces, in round numbers, five hundred hymns and one hundred and fifty tunes. It would have been easy to enlarge or diminish the number of either hymns or tunes, or of both. The chief reason for fixing upon these numbers was the belief that thus the various requisites for congregational singing were most fully met.
DIRECTIONS AND GENERAL REMARKS. It will be understood, then, that the Psalms or Hymns found on any page are intended to be sung to the tune at the head of that page; and it is recommended that the intention be carried out in every possible case.
The Psalms and Hymns in the body of the book, and a portion of those in the Supplement, are taken from the Assembly's collection. That the book may be used in connection with that collection,-neither displacing it, nor putting those who may use it to any inconvenience,—the original numbers of the Psalms and Hymns have been preserved. Also, in every instance, omissions of stanzas have been expressly stated at the head of the hymn, as well as indicated in the numbering of the stanzas ; so that if only the pastor and choir, in any case, should use the book, and that only at times, all difficulty will be obviated by announcing the Psalm or Hymn both as it stands in this book and in the original collection.
Where the book is used exclusively, as in the lecture-room or family, the hymns in the Supplement may be found valuable. Tunes suitable to be sung to these have been indicated.
In cases where a pastor may not wish to be confined to the selection of hymns here made, and where likewise it may not be convenient to furnish the lecture-room with the book, it is conceived that the book would still be of much service in promoting congregational singing, if only the choir were supplied with it, with directions that whenever a hymn contained in this selection was announced, the tune here designated to it should be sung.
Most of the tunes in this book are standard and familiar. By a little care on the part of the pastor, the newer tunes may be so introduced as to be learned and become familiar, without serious embarrassment.
An hour of the Sabbath, spent by families in singing together these hymns and tunes, would help prepare the children for taking part in the praises of the solemn assembly.
Many thanks are due to the owners of copyright music who have here permitted its use.
In conclusion, while dedicating this book to the service of the Great Head of the Church, the compiler has in special remembrance his own congregation, for whose sake particularly it has been prepared. BALTIMORE, May, 1859.
-ADMAH. L. M.
1. Bless, O my soul, the liv-ing God ; Call home thy tho’ts that rove a-broad ;
Selection 1. [Psalm 103, P. 1. Sel. 2.
[Hymn 340. (Stanzas 4–7 omitted.)
(Stanza 4 omitted.) BLESS LESS, O my soul, the living God; COIN, all who love the Saviour's name,
Call home thy thoughts that rove Το
In him forever to rejoice.
Like him, one day, I shall appear.
With him, 0, never, never part. 8. Let the whole earth his power confess, 5. Praise him in cheerful, grateful songs; Let the whole earth adore his grace; To him your highest praise belongs; The Gentile with the Jew shall join
Bless him who does your heaven prepare, In work and worship so divine.
And makes you meet his joy to share.
ALFRETON. L. M.
GREAT God, whose u-ni-ver-sal sway The known and unknown worlds obey,
Now give the kingdom' to thy Son, Ex-tend his pow'r, ex - alt his throne.
[Ps. 72, P. 1. 3. Sustain when sinking in distress, (Stanza 1 in Music, 3 omitted.)
And guide us through this wilderness; 2. Thy sceptre well becomes his hands, Teach our low thoughts from earth to rise, All heaven submits to his commands;
And lead us onward to the skies.
[H. 210. 4. As rain on meadows newly mown, So shall He send his influence down; BP
URIED in shadows of the night
We lie, till Christ restores the light; His grace on fainting souls distils,
Wisdom descends to heal the blind,
And chase the darkness of the mind.
Till his atoning blood appears :
And sing “The Lord our righteousness.”
At once to cleanse and pardon too.
4. Jesus beholds where Satan reigns, O SIN of Righteousness
divine, On us with beams of mercy shine ;
Binding his slaves in heavy chains: Chase the dark clouds of guilt away,
He sets the prisoners free, and breaks
The iron bondage from our necks.
Give our whole selves, O Lord, to thee.
AMES. L. M.
Dr. L. MASON.
1. Come, dearest Lord, who reign’st above, And draw me with the cords of love,
2. Sweet are the tidings, free the grace, TM, God
, and praise becomes thy house;
[Ps. 85, P. 1. (Stanza 1 in Music.)
My It brings to our apostate race:
There shall thy saints thy glory see, It spreads a heavenly light around;
And there perform their public vows. 0 I know the joyful sound ! 3. The gospel bids the sin-sick soul
2. O thou, whose mercy bends the skies, Look up to Jesus and be whole;
To save when humble sinners pray ; In him are peace and pardon found;
All lands to thee shall lift their eyes, O may I know the joyful sound !
And every yielding heart obey. 4. It stems the tide of swelling grief, 3. Against my will my sins prevail, Affords the needy sure relief;
But grace shall purge away the stain; Releases those by Satan bound;
The blood of Christ will never fail O may I know the joyful sound !
To wash my garments white again. Sel. 7.
[H. 200. 4. Blest is the man whom thou shalt
And give him kind access to thee; But miracles of
Give him a place within thy house, and grace, [day,
power That spread salvation through our race ?
To taste thy love divinely free. 2. Teach us, O Lord, to keep in view
5. With dreadful glory God fulfils Thy pattern, and thy steps pursue;
What his afflicted saints request; Let alms bestow'd, let kindness done, And with almighty wrath reveals Be witness'd by each rolling sun.
His love, to give his churches rest.
3. The man who marks, from day to day, 6. Then shall the flocking nations run In generous acts his radiant way,
To Sion's hill, and own their Lord; Treads the same path his Saviour trod, The rising and the setting sun The path to glory and to God.
Shall see the Saviour's name adored.
1. Sweet is the work, my God, my King, To praise thy name, give thanks, and sing,
To show thy love by morn-ing light, And talk of all thy truth at
[Ps. 92, P. 1. 3. I can do all things, or can bear
All sufferings, if my Lord be there; (Stanza 1 in Music, 6, 7 omitted.)
Sweet pleasures mingle with the pains, 2. Sweet is the day of sacred rest; While his own hand my head sustains. No mortal care shall seize my breast; O may my heart in tune be found, Like David's harp of solemn sound ! Sel. ll.
[Ps. 189, P. 1. 3. My heart shall triumph in my Lord, Lo
ORD, thou hast search'd and seen me
through; And bless his works and bless his word; Thine eye commands with piercing view Thy works of grace how bright they shine! My rising and my resting hours, How deep thy counsels! how divine!
My heart and flesh with all their powers. 4. Fools never raise their thoughts so high;
2. My thoughts, before they are my own, Like brutes they live, like brutes they die; Are to my God distinctly known; Like grass they flourish, till thy breath
He knows the words I mean to speak, Blast them in everlasting death.
Ere from my opening lips they break. 5. But I shall share a glorious part,
3. Within thy circling power I stand, When grace hath well refined my heart, On every side I find thy hand: And fresh supplies of joy are shed, Awake, asleep, at home, abroad, Like holy oil to cheer my head.
I am surrounded still with God. Sel. 10.
[H. 222. 4. Amazing knowledge, vast and great!
What large extent! what lofty height ! L ET me but hear my Saviour say, **Strength shall be equal to thy day;" Is in the boundless prospect lost.
My soul, with all the powers I boast, Then I rejoice in deep distress, Leaning on all-sufficient grace.
5. Oh may these thoughts possess my 2. I glory in infirmity,