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SELECTED

FROM VARIOUS AUTHORS;

WITH

A KEY OF MUSICAL EXPRESSION.

BY

SAMUEL WORCESTER, D. D.

Late Pastor of the Tabernacle Church, Salem, Mass.

NEW EDITION.

Two Hundred and Seventy Hymns and Occasional Pieces added,

WITH INDEXES.

BY

SAMUEL M. WORCESTER, A. M. Pastor of the Tabernacle Church, Salem, Mass., and late Professor of Rhetoric in Amherst College.

BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY CROCKER & BREWSTER.

1847.

(433)

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1834, BY ZERVIA WORCESTER,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

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EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE

TO THE

NEW EDITION OF WATTS' AND SELECT HYMNS,

ter,

AMONG the eminent public services of the late Dr. Worces-
his labors to improve the influence of our " psalms, hymns,
and spiritual songs," were not the least in importance. His
"Christian Psalmody," first published in 1815, was very fa-
vorably received; although it was obliged to contend with
serious objections from those who prefer to have Watts un-
abridged and unaltered. The "Selection of Hymns from
other Authors" was evidently made with his characteristic
discrimination of judgment and refinement of taste. The
"Key of Expression" gave the whole work a peculiarity and
a value, which have been justly appreciated.

So strong, however, was the predilection of the community
for Watts entire, that Dr. Worcester was induced to edit the
work, which has since been extensively known as "Watts'
and Select Hymns." To this work a liberal patronage has
been afforded. It has been introduced into very many of our
churches, and holds a high place in public estimation. Spu-
rious editions of it having lately appeared, and the materials
for an improved selection of hymns having greatly increased,
a new edition has been strongly urged by many gentlemen,
whose judgment is entitled to respectful consideration.

A new edition of "Watts' and Select Hymns" is therefore
now offered to the public. The Selection has been enlarged
by the addition of 240 hymns and 30" Occasional Pieces."
The whole number of "Select Hymns" is now 474. The
hymns selected by the present Editor are numbered in con-
tinuation of those in the former editions, and commence with
"Hymn 237," p. 655. For the convenience of the numerous
churches in which the former editions are used, it has been
thought best to add the new hymns, rather than destroy the
existing arrangement, by making a classification of the
whole. If such a classification had been made, it is obvious
that the new edition could not be used in connection with
any of the previous editions.

The evil which arises from the heterogeneous arrangement
of the Psalms and Hymns in all the common editions of
Watts, has long been very seriously felt. To diminish it as
much as possible, without making a new book,-very special
attention has now been given to the "INDEX OF SUBJECTS."

The Editor will be much disappointed, if it shall not appear that he has greatly improved the work in this particular. The references throughout are made to pages, and will bear examination in respect to general accuracy and precision. There is also but one "Table of first lines ;" and each line is referred to the page upon which the corresponding psalm or hymn may be found.

In enlarging the Selection, the Editor has aimed to increase the variety of good hymns, which are more directly suited to the circumstances of the times, and are also likely to be of permanent value. It was, however, impossible for him to obtain hymns of high character, for all the special occasions, which the diversified movements of the age have called into existence. He has endeavored to pass by productions which are merely ephemeral; so that the new Select Hymns may more nearly correspond with those, which have received the seal of public approbation. High authority could be given to confirm his decision, in regard to almost every hymn, which has been added. Want of room compelled him to omit many hymns, which otherwise would have had a place m the Selection.-This edition will be found to be specially enriched with hymns, which relate to the life and glory of Christ, the alarming condition of the unconverted, the feelings of the convicted and the penitent, the diversities of Christian experience, the benevolent operations of the church, the institutions and ordinances of the gospel,-to times and seasons, more particularly, the solemn periods of sickness and death, eternity and judgment.

Very seldom has the Editor allowed himself to make any alteration in the phraseology of the hymns. In almost every mstance of material change, an intimation is given of the fact-as on p. 676.

The designation of tunes, and the application of the "Key of Expression" to the new Select Hymns, have, with a few exceptions, been made by an experienced teacher of sacred

music.

SAMUEL M. WORCESTER.

Amherst College, Jan. 20, 1834.

A TABLE,

TO FIND ANY HYMN BY THE FIRST LINE.

Page.

571

ACCORDING to thy..... 664
A charge to keep I have.. 705
Alas! what hourly...... 542
All hail the power.
... 521
All ye who feel...
689
Although the vine........ 565
Am I a soldier...
.... 563
And is the gospel......... 513
And let this feeble........ 644
And will the great........ 594
Angels! from the realms.. 658
Angels, roll the rock...... 520
Arm of the Lord....
618
As birds their infant...... 616
Asleep in Jesus, blessed.. 759
Assembled at thy great... 734
At every motion of our.... 678
Attend, my soul...... 507
Awake, and sing..
Awake, awake, each..... 681
Awake, my soul.......... 630
Awake, ye saints..
640
BEHOLD the man! how. 662
Behold the Saviour at.... 684
Behold, where in a mortal 669
Being of beings, God of... 692
Beneath our feet, and o'er 760
Bestow, dear Lord, upon.. 608
Blessed are the sons...... 568
Blest be the tie that....... 627
Blest Comforter divine.... 673
Blow ye the trumpet... 588
Bread of heaven! on..... 740
Bread of the world!... 740
Brightest and best of..... 659
By thy Spirit, Lord....... 706
By whom was David..... 552
CAN sinners hope for.... 678
Children of God, awake!. 735
Children of the heavenly.. 702
Come, condescending..... 628
Come, every pious heart.. 666
Come, gracious Spirit..... 673
Come, Holy Ghost, descend 738
Come, Holy Spirit, come.. 527
Come, humble sinner..... 529
Come in, thou blessed.... 741
Come, let our songs...
.... 743
Come, let us anew...

749

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....

541

Page. Come, let us join our..... 740 Come on, my partners.... 719 Come, thou Almighty.. 574 Come, thou condescending 628 Come, thou Fount.. 556 Come, thou long-expected. 602 Come to Calvary's holy... 689 Come, tune, ye saints..... 519 Come, ye sinners, poor... 686 Come, ye weary sinners.. 688 Come, ye weary souls.... 577 Command thy blessing.... 737 DARK was the night, and 661 Daughter of Zion, awake. 770 Daughter of Zion, from... 727 Day of judgment, day.... 653 Dear as thou wert, and... 757 Dear Jesus, when..... Dear Lord, and shall...... 531 Dear Saviour, we are thine 699 Did Christ o'er sinners.... 660 Descend, Holy Spirit..... 540 Didst thou, dear Jesus.... 550 Dismiss us with thy...... 587 EARTHLY joys no longer 704 Encompass'd with clouds. 538 Eternal God, enthroned... 642 Eternal Lord, from land.. 733 Eternal source of every... 593 Eternal Spirit, God of..... 673 Eternal Wisdom, thee.... 506 Exert thy pow'r, thy...... 619 FAITH adds new charms 701 Faith, 'tis a precious...... 532 Far from the world....... 745 Far from these narrow.... 751 Father, how wide thy... 523 Father of all, we bow..... 589 Father of men, thy care... 629 Father of mercies, God of. 713 Father of mercies in...... 597 Father of inercies, send... 624 Father, whate'er of....... 709 Few are thy days, and.... 676 Fierce passions discompose 551 Frequent the day of...... 736 From every earthly....... 702 From Greenland's icy..... 722 From whence these....... 516

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