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SAMUEL WORCESTER, D. D. Late Pastor of the Tabernacle Church, Salem, Mass.


Two Hundred and Seventy Hymns and Oc

casional Pieces added,



Pastor of the Tabernacle Church, Salem, Mass., and

late Professor of Rhetoric in Amherst College.



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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AMONG the eininent public services of the late Dr. Worces-
ter, 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 Jeferences 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 Jeferred 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 exist

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.


Amherst College, Jan. 20, 1834.

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Page. ACCORDING to thy..... 664 Come, let us join our..... 740 A charge to keep I have.. 705 Come on, my partners. ... 719 Alas! what hourly....... 512 Come, thou Almighty..... 574 All hail the power..

521 Come, thou condescending 628 All ye who feel........... 689 Come, thou Fount.... 556 Although the vine....

Come, thou long-expected. 602 Am I a soldier...

563 Come to Calvary's holy... 689 And is the gospel.... 513 Come, tune, ye saints..... 519 And let this feeble....... 644 Come, ye sinners, poor... 686 And will the great........ 594 Come, ye weary sinners.. 688 Angels! from the realms.. 658 Come, ye weary souls.... 577 Angels, roll the rock...... 520 Command thy blessing.... 737 Arm of the Lord.......... 618 DARK was the night, and 661 As birds their infant...... 616 Daughter of Zion, awake. 770 Asleep in Jesus, blessed.. 759 Daughter of Zion, from... 727 Assembled at thy great... 734 Day of judgment, day.. 653 At every motion of our.... 678 Dear as thou wert, and... 757 Attend, ny soul.......... 507 Dear Jesus, when... 541 Awake, and sing.

Dear Lord, and shall...... 531 Awake, awake, each..... 681 Dear Saviour, we are thine 699 Awake, my soul.......... 630 Did Christ o'er sinners.... 660 Awake, ye saints.. 640 Descend, Holy Spirit..... 540 BEHOLĎ the man! how. 662 Didst thou, dear Jesus.... 550 Behold the Saviour at.... 684 Dismiss us with thy...... 587 Behold, where in a mortal 669 EARTHLY joys no longer 704 Being of beings, God of... 692 Encompass'd with clouds. 538 Beneath our feet, and o'er 760 Eternal God, enthroned... 642 Bestow, dear Lord, upon.. 608 Eternal Lord, from land.. 733 Blessed are the sons...... 568 Eternal source of every... 593 Blest be the lie that....... 627 Eternal Spirit, God of..... 673 Blest Comforter divine.... 673 Eternal Wisdom, thee.... 506 Blow ye the trumpet...... 588 Exert thy pow'r, thy...... 619 Bread of heaven! on..... 740 FAITH adds new charms 701 Bread of the world!...... 740 Faith, 'tis a precious...... 532 Brightest and best of..... 659 Far from the world....... 745 By thy Spirit, Lord....... 706 Far from these narrow.... 751 By whom was David..... 552 Father, how wide thy.... 523 CAN sinners hope for.... 678 Father of all, we bow..... 589 Children of God, awake!. 735 Father of men, thy care... 629 Children of the heavenly.. 702 Father of mercies, God of. 713 Come, condescending..... 628 Father of mercies in...... 597 Come, every pious heart.. 666 Father of inercies, send... 624 Come, gracious Spirit..... 673 Father, whate'er ot....... 709 Come, Holy Ghost, descend 738 Few are thy days, and.... 676 Come, Holy Spirit, come.. 527 Fierce passions discompose 551 Come, humble sinner..... 529 Frequent the day of...... 736 Come in, thou blessed.... 741 From every earthly....... 702 Come, let our songs....... 743 From Greenland's icy..... 722 Come, let us anew....... 749 From whence these....... 516

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