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HYMNS

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.

1843.

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

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

HARVARD COLLEGE

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KEY OF EXPRESSION.

p-Slow and soft.
gSlow and loud.

o-Quick.
u-Very quick.

o-Loud.

u-Very Loud.

b-Quick and soft.

s-Quick and loud.
d-Variously distinctive.

EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE

TO THE

NEW EDITION OF WATTS' AND SELECT HYMNS.

AMONG the eminent 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 appeur 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 in 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 instance 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.

512

521

689

565

563

513

644

594

Page. ACCORDING to thy..... 664 A charge to keep I have.. 705 Alas! what hourly. All hail the power.. All ye who feel... Although the vine.. Am I a soldier... And is the gospel..... And let this feeble.... And will the great... Angels! from the realms.. 658 520 Angels, roll the rock...... 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.... 678 507 Attend, my soul.... Awake, and sing.. ...... 571 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...

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Page.

Come, let us join our..... 740
Come on, my partners.... 719
Come, thou Almighty..... 574
Come, thou condescending 628
556
Come, thou Fount.....
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
737
Command thy blessing...
DARK was the night, and 661
Daughter of Zion, awake. 770
Daughter of Zion, from... 727
653
Day of judgment, day..
Dear as thou wert, and... 757
541
Dear Jesus, when..
531
Dear Lord, and shall....
Dear Saviour, we are thine 699
Did Christ o'er sinners.... 660
540
Descend, Holy Spirit..
Didst thou, dear Jesus.... 550
587
Dismiss us with thy..
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 mercies, 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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