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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 connexiun.

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 I undertook this work, because I was not altogether satisfied with 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

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will be found, it is probable, sufficient range for a variety of tastes.

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 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be found inadequate to these great purposes, it may be superseded by one which will answer them better.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 SIXTEENTH EDITION.

The suggestions of some of my friends, together with

my own experience, have induced me to believe that some additions to this Collection would increase its usefulness; and I feel that the favor with which it has been received, is an obligation on me to improve it. But at the same time that I determined to make additions, I also resolved not to hazard such alterations in the main body of the work, as would render the first fifteen editions so different from those which might succeed them, that the former could not be used conveniently with the latter. I have therefore changed but eleven hymns in the five hundred and sixty which were contained in the previous editions ;

and in the place of each rejected hymn, I have inserted one on the same or a similar subject.

For the convenience of ministers and others, I here subjoin a list of the hymns which have been changed as above stated. They are hymns 69, 142, 155, 175, 177, 265, 315, 340, 399, 402, 519. Hymn 204, which formerly consisted of two verses from one of the hymns of Watts, is now enlarged by the addition of two other verses of the original hymn.

The additions which I have made, are placed under the head of Supplementary Hymns, and are numbered from 561 to 609, inclusive. Some of these were printed at the end of the book, as it formerly stood ; but the greater part are now first inserted. They are on various subjects, and several of them are of a private and domestic character. The Doxologies close the volume. No further alterations are contemplated.

FRANCIS W. P. GREENWOOD. May 18, 1835.

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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
Again we've seen the Sabbath day
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
Almighty Ruler of the skies
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
Another day its course hath run
As body when the soul has fled
As every day thy mercy spares
A soldier's course from battles won
As panting in the sultry beam
As pants the hart for cooling streams
As parched in the barren sands
As the hart with eager looks

517
282

29
232
593
300
287
100
311

64
405
137

30
409
598
308
310

275

164
245
547
359
529

21
590
345

46
270
569
402
288
403

As the sun's enlivening eye
As the sweet flower that scents the morn
As when the weary traveller gains
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

513
515
468
526
421
206
285

35
273
271
272
407

1

207
228
239

183

227
36

211

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
Beyond beyond that boundless sea
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 day of God most calm most bright
Blest Instructer from thy ways
Biest is the man who fears the Lord
B!ret Spirit source of grace divine
Dheead of heaven on thee we feed

229
240
241
277
407
321
404
600
112
333
313
258

76
236
567
352
301
410
513

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