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ESPECIALLY ADAPTED TO
TIE UNIVERSALIST DENOMINATION.
BY J. G. ADAMS AND E. H. CHAPIN.
185.0 In presenting this work to the public, the compilers would say, that they do not intend it as a rival of any oiher Hymn Book already in existence ; but, if advancement in the light of other good works be allowable, as an improvement on them all. Although evidently designed in one sense for a denomination, they have also intended that it shall answer in some measure the demands of a liberal and progressive Christianity – - a Christianity, under whatever name or pretension found, that would diffuse Christ's spirit and do his works of truth and love among men.
We have sought to give variety in these Hymns; to have the number ample enough ; and while cautious in reference to their literary character, to seleci those of a devotional tendency, rather than those chiefly commendable for their poetical excellence. We have intended also to pay due respect to the old Hymns so justly familiar with those of every age among our worshippers, while we have not been unmindful of the new claimants of public favor.
It will be perceived that there is a greater variety of Hymns on several topics than in most other Hymn Books now in use among us; especially in reference to the philanthropic nature of our religion, and the peculiar indications of this nature in the present age. In the department of the book entitled “ Triumph of Christianity,” faithfulness in representing this great truth is designed. In all instances where the authorship of a hymn could be ascertained, it has been given. Of a few hymns, however, taken from a copy of the new Cambridge Unitarian Hymn Book, kindly handed us in sheets, it was not known whether they were original or not. They appear in this book, therefore, in company with quite a number of original ones, without any special mark thus to designate them.
To the friends who have so kindly aided us, by suggestions or contributions, we return our sincere thanks; and to the Christian public do we now humbly dedicate this work, invoking the blessing of God upon its use, and praying that it may be welcomed by many souls seeking the aids and blessings of Christian devotion.
J. G. ADAMS, Boston, August 1, 1846.
E. H. CHAPIN.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846, by
ABEL TOMPKINS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts,
STEREOTYPED BY GEORGE A. CURTIS, BOSTON.
GENERAL INDEX OF SUBJECTS
HYMNS. INTRODUCTION AND CLOSE OF WORSHIP,
1 to 100 CHARACTER, ATTRIBUTES AND PROVIDENCE OF GOD,
101 to 148 GENERAL PRAISE,
149 to 167 Religion OF NATURE, ·
168 to 183 TaE SCRIPTURES,
184 to 197 Christ; uis CHARACTER AND OFFICES,
198 to 256 The Gospel AND ITS INVITATIONS,
257 to 283 TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY,
284 to 322 REPENTANCE AND REFORMATION,
323 to 338 Ceristian CHARACTER AND LIFE,
339 to 421 Devout EXERCISES,
422 to 513 Life, DEATH AND FUTURITY,
514 to 565 MOURNING AND CONSOLATION,
566 to 605 SUBMISSION AND RELIANCE,
606 to 635 Religious EXULTATION,
636 to 652 THE CHURCH AND ORDINANCES, .
653 to 695
719 to 737 EARLY Religious CULTURE,
738 to 763 PHILANTHROPIC SUBJECTS,
764 to 824 SEAMEN'S HYMNS,
825 to 835 NATIONAL HYMNS,
836 to 850 THE SEASONS, ANNUAL OCCASIONS, &c.
851 to 901 SOCIAL AND Domestic WORSHIP,
902 to 934 MORNING AND EVENING HYMNS,
935 to 960 MISCELLANEOUS,
961 to 1005 DoxOLOGIES, :
1006 to 1008
INDEX OF FIRST LINES.
Hymn 116 690 609 83 32 60 526 186 917 443 255 166 246 770 550 331 984 766 146
94 121 459 139 515 489 874
521 .: 312
Above, below, where'er I gaze,
502 369 994 487 627 481 357 563 895 235 950 55 965 663 221 210 773 579 421 549 697 893 310 292 716 428 582 551 968
Blest are the souls that hear and know,
At God's command the morning ray,