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For the convenience of superintendents and teachers, the metres and names of tunes have been annexed to the Hymns. The tunes, generally, are such as are in common use, and may be found in the Juvenile Psalmist, by Lowel Mason, Esq.; the Handel and Haydn, and Bridgewater Collections; and the Sunday School Singing Book, recently published by Mr. George Kingsley. The reference to the latter is by the initials S. S. S. B., and the page on which the tune may be found.
The compiler does not flatter himself that he has attained to the highest standard in the little offering which he now makes to the cause of Sunday Schools; but if it shall serve, in some feeble measure, to supply an existing want,—to promote a deep, but cheerful piety among the pupils of our Sunday Schools, and lead the way to a more perfect compilation hereafter, the object of his labors and hopes will be most fully accomplished.
In offering the second edition of this little work, the Compiler is compelled to express the gratitude he feels for the favor with which it has been received. In accordance with some kind suggestions, a Table of First Lines, an Index to the subjects, and the names of a few more tunes have been added; which, with the alteration of a few words and expressions, he trusts will render it not only more acceptable as a class book for Sunday Schools, but make it a companion for the domestic fire-side.
Luton. Shoel. p. 43. & 45, S. S. S. B. 1 /OUR FATHER, here again we raise
To thee our morning hymn of praise,
2 We thank thee, Father, that to thee
Again we bend the lowly knee;
3 Whate'er we do, where'er we bė,
Keep us from sin and error free;
4 So shall we then, when life shall end,
A nobler, holier, Sabbath spend,
Portugal: Old Hundred: p. 43, S. S. S. B. 1 ASSEMBLED in our school once more,
God's gracious blessing we implore :
May he be with us through this day. 2 If we attend with humble mind,
And seek instruction, we shall find:
Oh! may its truth our hearts engage. 3 These Sabbath days will soon be o'er,
And we shall come to school no more ;
Of having spent our time in vain.
May we to God, our Father, soar,
p. 22, S. S. S. B. Sabbath. 1 SAFELY through another week,
God has brought us on our way;
2 Mercies, multiplied each hour,
Through our lives, our praise demand;
3 Lord, we pray for pardoning grace,
In our dear Redeemer's name:
4. Morning Hymn.
7 & 6's M. Missionary Hymn. p. 47, S. S. S. B. 1 ASSEMBLED in the morning,
At this our Sunday school,
Observe this sacred rule-
Our spirits should adore;
The blessings we implore.
2 And first, our sins confessing,
With penitential tear,
On this our meeting here:
And then for those who teach us,
Pure light from Thee above,
The power of holy love.
3 Preserve us from temptation,
From idle words and play ;
Attend us every day.
Obedience from the heart;
And love to all impart.
4 Oh, grant thy special favor,
That we may know thy truth;
In age as well as youth ;
That leads us down to death,
Yield up in hope our breath.
5. Commencing Hymn. C.M. p. 11, S. S. S. B. Peterboro'. Clarendon. 1 0 LORD, another week is flown,
And we, a youthful band,
To bless thy fostering hand.