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HYMNS OF ZION,

WITH

APPROPRIATE MUSIC.

DESIGNED

AS AN AID TO DEVOTION

IN FAMILIES, SOCIAL CIRCLES, AND MEETINGS

FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP.

BY AN EVANGELIST.

CALE

I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.-St. Paul.

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BV 450

548 cop. 2

Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1839, BY JOHN M. BUTLER,

In the clerk's office of the district court of the eastern district of

Pennsylvania.

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PREFACE.

MANY persons of piety and good taste in literature, have lamented the prosaic and inelegant style of most of the hymns and spiritual songs in general use. Watts, Rippon, the Wesleys, and other devout men, have undoubted claims to our grateful regard for their lyrical compositions-but we should not so reverence their labors as to forego the advantages of improvement.

In the preparation of the selected hymns in this volume, I profess to have disregarded the originals, wherever departure therefrom appeared desirable. Exten. sive alterations have been made in imagery, expression, rhythm and rhyme. In some cases, the hymns have been so remodelled as to present slight indications of their primitive form, and in many instances new stanzas have been substituted for exscinded portions. For this reason, the names of authors are omitted, and the alterations are not in any way designated. It is believed that much has been done in the way of improvement-and conceded, that much more remains to be accomplished. Many original hymns are inserted. To some of them the initials of the writers are affixed, and the authorship of others is acknowledged in the Index. These are not presented as specimens of what sacred lyrical poetry should be-but as a contribution to the materials from which a volume of better compositions may hereafter be arranged.

In the preparation of the music, simplicity and variety were consulted. The tunes are generally easy of execution; and a sufficient number is furnished to gratify every reasonable taste. The solemnity of Old Hundred, and other pieces of the olden time; the brilliancy of Refuge and Gospel Banner; the exultation of Ilford and Creation; and the pathos of Benneville and kindred harmonies,are here presented in varied but not incongruous affinity. And believing that many of the most beautiful secular melodies might be profitably appropriated to devotional purposes, a number of them have been harmonized and inserted in this work. Care has been taken to select such as are disconnected with improper associations. But should some pious persons disapprove this appropriation, they may set aside the harmonies referred to, and find herein a sufficient variety of music originally composed for religious use.

In some of the tunes, those who have studied music as a science will find deviations from established rules. Were the book prepared exclusively for the use of scientific persons, these deviations would be excluded-but it should be remembered that a tune which is condemned as a barbarism by one, may be highly valued by another-and since a sufficient variety is presented to gratify the taste of all, without injury to any, it is hoped that occasional eccentricity will be considered admissible, even by musical critics.

The sentiment of the hymn should always determine the style of execution in the music. Singing is but speaking with greater modulations of voice-and as in speaking, so in singing,-the movement should be faster, or slower-the expression exulting or pathetic, and the tone louder or softer, according to the nature of the theme.

And since the corresponding words in the several stanzas of a hymn, seldom properly admit of the same expression, it is manifest that the musical marks of piano, forte, and the like, are of little service, excepting in music to which words have been expressly adapted—as in Anthems. For this reason, I have omitted all such marks, saving in a few instances. He who understands and feels the sentiment, will cause sense and sound to correspond, if he possess but ordinary knowledge of music and a tolerable voice,-while he who either does not understand, or, understanding, feels no sympathy with the sentiment expressed, will sing with little profit to others and less to himself, however scientific his execution, or melodious the intonations of his voice. The motto of this volume is full of meaning: "I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."

I gratefully acknowledge my obligations to Rev. Thomas Whittemore, of Boston, editor of the "Songs of Zion;" Rev. Joshua Leavitt, of New York, editor of the "Christian Lyre;" and Lowell Mason, Esq., of Boston, editor of "The Choir," for permission to copy music from these publications, respectively. The tunes will be found duly credited-but I feel that I should not do myself justice without inserting this prefatory notice of the favor received. Especially are my acknowledgments due to the gentleman first named, for unrestricted permission to copy from his late valuable work. A. C. T.

INDEX OF HYMNS.

INS..

Acquaint thee, O mortal

Afar from all these scenes of

Affliction's faded form draws nigh.

Again the day returns of holy

Again the Lord of life and light.

All glory to our God above....... 270

All hail Almighty Power

. Hymn 477

246

40

463

148

Blest be the dear uniting love..H. 166

Blest be the tie that binds.

....... 284

Blest Saviour, who didst

68

Blow ye the trumpet, blow ...... 416

Bowed beneath the weight of .... 336

Bread of heaven, on thee we feed 391

Breathe, Holy Spirit, from above.. 12

Brethren, beloved for Shiloh's sake 143

Bright was the guiding star...... 227

By faith may Jesus dwell

307

123

434

525

All hail redeeming Lord

All hail the power of Jesus' name. 182

All hail, ye hosts of seraphs

All power and grace to God belong 113

Almighty and immortal King 34

Almighty Father, gracious Lord.. 219
Almighty Father, gracious power. 185
Almighty Maker, God ...
... 287
Although no flowers the fig tree.. 159
Although the vine its fruit deny 275
And can my heart aspire so high.. 169
Angels heard with admiration
... 348

Angels roll the rock away .... 397

Another six days' work is done... 115

Arise, and hail the happy day ... 272

Arise, ye people, and adore

Arrayed in clouds of golden light..

Assembled here, a brother-band

As the sweet flower that scents..

At thy command, O gracious Lord 63

Author of good, we rest on thee.. 222
Author of holiness, light of ......*521
Awake, and sing the song
299

Awake, my soul, in joyful lays. 59

Awake, my soul, to sound his.... 189

Awake, my tongue, thy tribute..

Awake the song that gave to earth

Awake, ye saints, and raise your..

Away with our sorrow and fear..

250

124

65

19

.......

74

92

147
552

29
432

******.

Before Jehovah's awful throne

Before the world was made

Begin, my soul, the lofty lay ..... 268

Begin, my tongue, the heavenly 224
Behold our Lord, who, slain of .....*571
Behold the fleecy snow
435

Behold the lofty sky

291

Behold the morning sun..

295

Behold the throne of grace

314

Behold what condescending love.. 261
Believers in the holy Lord
.*125
Be thou exalted, O my God
31
Be thou, O God, exalted high
..... 121
Blessed Saviour, aid thy servant.. 359
Blessed Saviour, we adore thee 364
Bless, O my soul, the living God..
Blest are the sons of peace

69
280

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342

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Earth and time are darkly smitten *536
Earth with her unnumbered
406

Enduring, Lord, thy mercies are.. 146

Eternal God, celestial King

Eternal God, in whom we live... 265

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