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IN THREE BOOKS.
1. Collected from the Scriptures.
BY I. WAT TS, D. D.
THE THIRTY-SEVENTH EDITION.
waft flain, and hast redeemed us, &c.
Soliti effent (i. e. Chriftiani) convenire, carmengue Chrifto quali
Plinius in Epift.
L. 0 N D
N DO N:
P R E F A CE.
JHILE we sing the praises of our God in
his church, we are employed in that part of worship, which, of all others, is the nearest a. kin to heaven; and it is a pity that this, of all others, should be performed the worst upon earth. The gospel brings us nearer to the heavenly state than all the former dispensations of God amongst men : and in these last days of the gospel, we are brought almost within sight of the kingdom of our Lord; yet we are very much unacquainted with the songs of the New Jerusalem, and unpractised in the works of praise, To see the dull indifference, the negligent and the thoughtless air, that fits upon the faces of a whole assembly, while the pfalín is on their lips, might tempt even a charitable observer to fufpect the fervency of inward religion: and it is much to be feared that the minds of most of the worshippers are absent or unconcerned. Perhaps the modes of preaching in the best church es still want some degrees of reformation ; nor are the methods of prayer fo perfect as to stand in need of no correction or improvement, but of all our religious folemnities, psalmody is the moft unhappily managed. That very action which should elevate us to the most delightful and divine fensation, doth not only flat our devotion, but too often awaken our regret, and touches all the springs of uneasiness within us.
I have been long convinced, that one great occasion of this evil arises from the matter and