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the subjects were important, and nothing better on them could be found; and partly because, though not well adapted to public worship generally, they might be useful on special occasions, or for families and individuals

On some important topics, it may be asked why so few pieces have been inserted. The reply must be, that on such topics. all have been inserted, which could be found, that seem-, ed worthy of a place. Not one hymn, in all respects good, on any useful topic, has been designedly omitted. If it is asked why so large a portion of the pieces are so short, the reply is similar--that all of each piece was inserted that seemed worth inserting; and was not thought worth while to print poor stanzas for the sake of increasing their number. Besides, four and five stanzas are, in ordinary cases, as much as can be sung with ease or profit. Singing, of all the exercises of public worship, should least be protracted so as to become wearisome, as it necessarily must be, when six or eight stanzas are given out.

In the arrangement, it was thought best, for various reasons, to preserve the psalms separate, as has been done heretofore, in the books most commonly used. In the index of subjects, the psalms are arranged under the appropriate heads with the hymns. The several parts of each psalm have been arranged according to their metre, and are numbered on continuously throughout, in the most simple manner. In arranging the hymns, those heads were selected which, it was thought, would most easily cover the whole ground, and run into each other the least. They follow each other in what seemed the most natural order. The hymns, under each of the general and subordinate heads, are intended to be so arranged, that, while they are read in course, the mind shall be steadily advancing in the subject. The arrangement is certainly imperfect; yet, probably, few who examine it will see so many imperfections in it as they saw who made it. It is doubtful whether, while hymns possess so little unity, any such arrangement can be adopted, as that many hymns may not, with about equal propriety, bé placed under any one of two or three different heads. In the index of subjects here, they are so placed.

The number of tunes from which the selection has been made is limited, and such have been chosen as are not only appropriate in their general spirit and movement, but whose accent and pauses correspond with those of the several stanzas to be sung. Often, the tune prefixed merely indicates the class of tunes to be used. Others would be equally appropriate. Different choirs, or different circumstances, may render it expedient to use different tunes. Judgment should be exercised, and time, place, occasion, &c. should be consulted.

To indicate, to some extent, the manner of performance, those marks for musical expression have been used which are commonly employed in music-books, and with which choirs are generally

acquainted, rather than any arbitrary signs.

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very soft.

PP р mp m

dol

pianissimo,
piano,

soft.
mezzo piano, a little soft.
mezzo,

middle--neither loud nor soft. This mark is

also applicable to those hymns or passages

which now have no mark.
mf mezzo forte, a little loud.
f forte,

loud.
fortissimo, very loud.
crescendo, increasing, louder and louder.
diminuendo, diminishing, softer and softer.
swell,

increasing and then diminishing.
inverted swell, diminishing and then increasing.
dolce,

in a gentle, sinooth, gliding manner. Aff

affetuoso, with deep and tender feeling.

staccato, short, distinct, articulate. Len lentando, gradually becoming slower and softer to the

end. used at the beginning of a line, to contradict any mark of musical expression which has gone before it. In the middle of a line, or at the end, it signifies a pause, longer or shorter, according to the judgment of the

performer. The marks for musical expression have been prefixed, in general, with reference to the tunes named. The same psalm or hymn, sung to a different tune, might often require soine variation of the expression.

After all whích can be done, directions for musical expression must be merely hints, by which the general character of the expression to be given is indicated. The various kinds and degrees of the emotions to be expressed, requiring a corresponding variation of the manner of performance, are so numerous, and so complicated in their nature, that only a ready susceptibility of emotion, joined to good taste and judgment, and careful attention to the subject, can secure a correct manner of singing.

In the index to the first lines, as well as in that to the subjects, the psalms and hymns are brought together without distinction, and the reference is uniformly to the page. In the latter index, the different subjects are not inserted under words arbitrarily selected, and placed in alphabetical order, but under the principal and subordinate topics of the arrangement in the book, thus bringing all the psalms and hymns on the same or kindred topics near each other in the index, so as to be easily found. This is believed to be the most convenient plan for such an index.

With these remarks and explanations, this work, on which the compilers have bestowed much time and labor, and in which they have found much pleasure, is now given to the churches for their use.

LOWELL MASON,

DAVID GREENE.' Boston, August, 1831.

INDEX OF FIRST LINES.

... 448

Page ABOVE these heavens' created rounds .......... Watts. 95 According to thy word .............

Wranghan. 114 Again, indulgent Lord, return ..................Dobell's Coll. 435 Again our earthly cares we leave.................Pratt’s Coll. 454 Again the day returns of holy rest ................. Again the Lord of life and light ...

.....................Barbauld. 449 Ah, how shall fallen man....

.Epis. Coll. 276 Ah, wretched, vile, ungrateful heart....

....Steele. 381 Alas! and did my Saviour bleed......

........Watts. 321 Alas! what hourly dangers rise ....

. Steele. 420 All-glorious God, what hymus of praise...............

.Epis. Coll. 278 All hail, incarnate God

Scott. 477 All hail the great Immanuel's name...................Duncan. 315 All power and grace to God belong................Pratt's Coll. 199 All power is to our Saviour given...

473 All-powerful, seif-existent God................ Methodist Coll. 259 All ye nations, praise the Lord..

Wrangham. 198 All ye, who feel distressed for sin

Pratt's Coll. 359 All yo that love the Lord, rejoice.....

.....Watts. 245 All ye, who serve the Lord with fear............... Wrangham. 72 All yesterday is gone ..........

Pratt's Coll. 365 Almighty Father, God of grace. ...............Pratt's Coll. 370 Almighty Father, gracious Lord.

.............. Steele. 533 Almighty Father of mankind

....Logan, 512 Almighty God, eternal Lord........ ......... Pratt's Coll. 456 Almighty Lord, before thy throne

Epis. Coll. 531 Almighty Maker, God..

Watts. 563 Almighty Maker of my frame............

.......... Steele, 98 Almighty Ruler of the skies.......................

Watts. 47 Almighty Spirit, now behold ....

Pratt's Coll. 468 Along the banks wbere Babel's current flows............Barlow. 229 Am I an Israelite indeed ............................Beddome, 403 Am I a soldier of the cross......

.. Watts. 419 Amid displays of wrath and love..................Pratt's Coll. 369 Amid the splendors of thy state

...... Pratt's Coll. 266 Amid thy wrath remember love

Watts., 97 Among th' assemblies of the great.

Watts. 145 Among the princes, earthly gods...........

Watts. 152 And am I born to die?

............Lutheran Coll. 519 And are we now brought near to God..............Pratt's Coll. 442 And are we wretches yet alive

................ Watts. 372 And art thou, gracious Master, gono ? ..........

.............. Kelly. 421 And art thou with us, gracious Lord... ............Doddridgc. 391 And can mine eyes without a tear ? ...............Heginbotham. 322 And can my heart aspire so high?.

Steele, 390 And did the holy and the just :

.Steele, 301 And dost thou say, ' Ask what thou wilt'?.............Newton. 405 And must this body die?....

.......... Watts. 518 And now another week begins.

..Kelly. 446 And now, my soul, another year............Montgomery's Coll. 550 And shall I sit alone?..

Beddome. 401 And shall not Jesus hear?

Newton. 488

Page.
And will the God of grace?....

Watts. 145
And will the great, eternal God ?

.Doddridge. 542
And will the Judge descend !....

.Doddridge. 523
And will the Lord thus condescend... ........... Steele. 334
And why do our admiring eyes.. .....

.Doddridge. 332
Angels from the realms of glory.

.....Pratt's Coll. 289
Angels, roll the rock away...........

Gibbons. 310
Another day is past..

.......... Curtis' Coll. 560
Another six days' work is done........

... Stennett. 447
Are sinners now so hardened grown.................

Watts. 57
Arise, arise, with joy survey...

..Pratt's Coll. 474
Arise, great God, and let thy grace................Pratt's Coll. 472
Arise in all thy splendor, Lord.. ........................Slinn, 470
Arise, my gracious God...

Watts. 62
Arise, my soul, on wings sublime....... ...Bratt. St. Coll. 424
Arise, my tender thoughts, arise......

.Doddridge. 280
Arise, O God, with just disdain ...................Pratt's Coll. 47
Arise, O King of grace, arise.......

..... Watts. 222
Arise, O Lord, lift up thine hand........

Wrangham. 53
Arise, ye people, and adore........ Spirit of the Psalms. 109
Arm of the Lord, awake, awake.... .H. F. Burder's Coll. 471
Ascend thy throne, Almighty King...................Beddome. 470
As pants the hart for cooling streams ..........Tate and Brady. 101
Assembled at thy great command . ...............Pratt's Coll. 481
Attend, 0 earth, when God declares.. ....... Tate and Brady. 39
At thy command, o gracious Lord.

........Watts, 444
Author of good, to thee we turn.....

Merrick. 500
Awake and sing the song....

Hammond. 323
Awake, awake each sluggish soul.

Pratt's Coll. 511
Awake, awake the sacred song......

.........Pratt's Coll. 324
Awake, my soul, and with the sun ..........

.....Kenn, 555
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve...

..Doddridge. 418
Awake, my soul, to sound bis praise.

.Barlow. 192
Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bring...

Needham, 261
Awake, our drowsy souls..

......... Scott. 449
Awake, our souls,--away, our fears...

Watts. 417
Awake, ye saints, and raise your eyes............... .Doddridge. 551
Awake, ye saints, to praise your King

Watts. 225
Awaked from sin's delusive sleep.......

......More. 378
BE joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth...........Epis. Coll. 569
Be thou exalted, O my God...

Watts. 120
Be thou, O God, exalted high..

Tate and Brady. 119
Before Jehovah's awful throne..

......... Watts. 176
Before the heavens were spread abroad.

.. Watts. 291
Begin, my soul, th’exalted lay...

Ogilvie. 243
Behold his wondrous grace......

..Pratt's Coll. 224
Behold how the Lord...

......Pratt's Coll. 476
Behold, my soul, the narrow bound..

Doddridge. 548
Behold, the blest Redeemer comes...

................ Watts. 99
Behold the blind their sight receive... ................ Watts. 298
Behold the gift of God..... .......................Haskins, 307
Behold the glories of the Lamb

.......... Watts. 313
Behold the grace appears.............................. Watts. 287
Behold the heathen waits to know....................... Voke. 481
Behold the King of Zion rise .....................Pratt's Coll. 70
Behold the lofty sky...................................

Watts. 68
Behold the morning sun.......................

Watts. 69
Behold the Saviour of mankind................... Pratt's Coll. 302
Bebold the gure foundation stone....................... Watts. 201
Behold the throne of grace....

....................Neroton, 407
Bchold thy waiting servant, Lord...................... Watts. 207

Page.
Behold us, Lord, with humble fear....

..Pratt's Coll. 45
Behold what condescending love......

.Doddridge. 438
Behold what pity touched the heart...

Watts 317
Behold what wondrous grace................

Watts. 388
Behold where in a mortal form...

..Pratt's Coll. 298
Beneath our feet and o'er our head................Pratt's Coll. 547
Bestow, O Lord, upon our youth..

. Cowper. 504
Bless, O my soul, the living God.

...Watts. 181
Bless our God, his grace confessing ...............Pratt's Coll. 134
Bless'd Jesus, while in mortal flesh...

Doddridge 411
Blest are the humble souls that see..................... Watts. 408
Blest are the sons of peace ...

........ Bratt. St. Coll. 223
Blest are the souls, who hear and know................. Watts. 157
Blest are the undefiled in heart........

Watts. 203
Blest be the dear uniting love.........................Cennick 414
Blest be the everlasting God.......................

.... Watts 421
Blest be the Lord,the God of love............... Wrangham. 133
Blest be the Lord, who heard my prayer..

..Dwight. 85
Blest be the tie that binds...

...Fawcett. 412
Blest be thou, O God of Israel ........

Epis. Coll. 496
Blest Comforter divine...

Pratt's Coll. 348
Blest day when our ascended Lord

.....Pratt's Coll. 341
Blest is the man, forever blest....

Watts. 90
Blest is the man, who shuns the place..

Watts. 37
Blest is the man, whom thou, O Lord.. .....Tate and Brady. 166
Blest is the man, whose softening heart ..............Barbauld. 538
Blest is the man, whose tender care ......

Watts. 100
Blest Jesus,—when my soaring thoughts...........

. Heginbotham. 329
Blest morning, whose first dawning rays.

.. Watts. 310
Blest, who with generous pity glows.. .....Pratt's Coll. 100
Blest work-the youthful mind to win.. .........Pratt's Coll. 504
Bread of heaven, on thee we feed............ .... Pratt's Coll. 442
Breathe, Holy Spirit, from above..

..Pratt's Coll. 348
Bright and joyful is the morn.......... Montgomery. 290
Bright King of glory, dreadful God.....

Watts. 293
Bright Source of everlasting love..........

... Boden. 537
Brightness of the Father's glory...... ......Pratt's Coll. 324
Broad is the road that leads to death..

.........Watts. 351
Buried in shadows of the night.......

......Watts. 279
CAN sinners hope for heaven...

.Pratt's Coll. 352
Cease, ye mourners, cease to languish....

.Collyer. 545
Children of the heavenly King.................... .. Cennick. 423
Children, to your Creator, God..

Watts. 502
Christ and his cross are all our theme.....

...Watts. 335
Christ, the Lord, is risen to-day. Our triumphant.. Pratt's Coll. 311
Christ, the Lord, is risen to-day. Sons of men...... Pratt's Coll. 312
Christ, whose glory fills the skies... ........C. Wesley. 307
Cleanse me, O Lord and cheer my soul...

Watts. 113
Come, all ye servants of the Lord. Spirit of the Psalms. 118
Come, all ye saints of God...

........Pratt's Coll. 326
Come, blessed Spirit, source of light..

..Beddome. 340
Come, dearest Lord, and bless this day... .....Dobell. 448
Como, divine and peaceful guest...........H. F. Burder's Coll. 346
Come, gracious Lord, descend and dwell ............... Watts. 406
Come, gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove..................Brown. 343
Come, happy souls, approach your God......

........... Watts. 281
Come hither, all ye weary souls.

......... Watts. 357
Come, Holy Ghost, come from on high . ..........Reed's Coll. 439
Come, Holy Ghost, inspire our songs... ...... Pratt's Coil. 324
Come, Holy Spirit, calm each mind........H. F. Burder's Coll. 344
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

With energy....

..Rippon's Coll. 341

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