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In consideration of the importance of sacred music, and aware that in this delightful manner the heavenly host express their adoration to the author of their existence,—that in the infancy of creation, “ the morning stars sang together," and on the birth of Immanuel they hailed the recovery. of a fallen world with “ Glory to God in the highest, peace upon earth and good-will toward men,” reverting to these circumstances and looking forward to the melody which shall, in the fulness of times, ascend to the throne of Jehovah from à redeemed universe, we deem every attempt praise-worthy which has a tendency to elevate the soul to God, and give a sacred impulse to our devotions. Hence in this selection a suitable variety of metre, as well as expression, has been attended to. The greater part of the Hymns are original productions, being the devout aspirations of Brethren both in America and Britain.
Prudence dictates the propriety of a small selection under present circumstances. Our intercourse with the American churches has but recently commenced. These churches are blessed with many useful and highly gifted members, and their periodical publications abound with poetic effusions. The cause of love and truth is also escaping, in this favoured land, from the rubbish of system, and the mire of prejudice; and we have recently received acquisitions of poeticre talent It consequently follows, that in a few years a second edition may be published, with additional compositions, possessing additional merit.
Proper attention has been paid to the type, that it might be suitable to those advanced in years; the young, therefore, in sympathy to the aged, will consider this as an apo. logy for the 12mo size of the book.
That this volume may become eminently useful, under the auspices of " the Great God our Saviour,” in exhilirating the heart, and spiritualizing the affections, of those who believe and obey the truth, is the sincere prayer of
BELIEVERS IN God's infinite & immutable Love.
I. HYMN.—6 lines, 8's. 1 ALMIGHTY, O amazing Love!
Thy all creating power divine, Hath made all worlds and things that move,
However bright their glories shine; And man, as lord, of power possess'd, Was set to rule above the rest.
2 O thou most injur'd goodness! why
When man thy image had defac'd
Why was he spar'd ? or why embrac'd?
3 What was it else, but love alone ?
Infinite Love that could do thus ?
Jesus descended to atone,
He gave himself to die for us;
4 Salvation over sin and death,
Shall in the end to all be given,
By all that dwell in earth and heaven, a. Be jointly sung in highest strains, Who over all triumphant reigns.
II. HYMN.—8 lines, 8's & 7's.
1 God of universal nature,
God of Angels, God of men, ..
Listen our adoring strain.
To our wretched fallen race, ,
Thou redeemed us by thy grace.
2 From the mouth of hell thou saved us,
Ransomed by thy precious blood,
From perdition's sweeping flood.
Sons of God thou now hast made us,
(us, Wondrous love! that Heaven should raise
Worms of earth, to dwell on high.
3 Endless praises, King of Zion
We ascribe in transport's glow, Jesus, whom our souls rely on,
Source from whence our comforts flow.
Swell the anthem of thy love,
J. R. Berry
III. IIYMN.—6 lines, 8'8 8; 6'2 8's.
How glorious is thy name?
And works likewise the same;
2 Of old, all things shewed forth thy grace,
Thy fame and great renown,
Above what usher'd in so bright,
3 Stupendous grace! O stand and view,
His love is not grown cold,
As in the days of old;
4 Our pow'rs shall therefore thee proclaim,
In one eternal song,
The blood bought race among;
1 Praise the Lord, ye heav'ns adore him,
Praise him Angels in the height,
Praise him all ye stars of light;
Worlds his mighty voice obey'd,
For their guidance he hath made.