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without incurring the risk of misleading any one to dictate to our young men and maidens expressions which for them must be puerile and inconsistent.

In preparing the new Hymn Book, he has retained very few mere didactic compositions, and has greatly multiplied the number of direct addresses to God in praise and

prayer. Moreover, while shrinking from no timely recognition of the most solemn truths of Holy Scripture, he has striven to maintain throughout the book a tone of cheerful and loving gratitude; which, aided by a free intermixture of the livelier measures in versification, will make the use of it, he trusts, not profitable alone, but winningly pleasant to all young persons.

The Hymns for Teachers' Meetings—forming the Third Part of the Selection,-have received several additions from the stores of sacred poesy now So abundantly furnished.

May the God of the Shepherd-Psalmist richly bless this Hymn Book to all who use it—from the youngest lamb in our flocks, to their most venerable guardian ; and His Holy Name shall have all the glory, through our blessed Lord and only Saviour, Jesus Christ !

I, P. C. LEEDS, JANUARY 1ST, 1858.

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John xiv, 26.

L.M. 1 humble prayer,

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may I read, Whate'er shall to my Saviour lead ; Lord, send Thy Spirit to impart

A wise and understanding heart.
2 Be Thou my Teacher, Thou my Guide;

May all I read be well applied:
My danger and my refuge show,
And let me Thy salvation know!

Matt. xxiv. 15.

6-8's. 1 0

GOD of wisdom, God of might,

Great Ruler in the realms of light, Whose truths are hid from prudent eges, But make the babe and suckling wise, Help Thy young servants, gracious Lord, To hear, and understand Thy word.

2 Reveal Thy Scriptures to our mind ;

Here let us heavenly treasures find;
Do Thou these sacred leaves unfold;
May we Thy richest grace behold:
O let Thy Spirit lead us forth
And teach us all their endless worth!


Prov. iv. 22. C.M. STEELE. ATHER of mercies, in Thy word



For ever be Thy name adored,

For these celestial lines.
2 Here may the wretched sons of want

Exhaustless riches find;
Riches above what earth can grant,

And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice

Spreads heavenly peace around; And life, and everlasting joys,

Attend the blissful sound.

4 O may the sacred Scriptures be

My ever dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see,

And still increasing light.
5 Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,

Be Thou for ever near:
Teach me to love Thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour there.

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