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the variety of good hymns, which are more directly suited o the circumstances of the times, and are also likely to be of permanent value. It was, however, impossible for hiin to obtain hymns of high character, for all the special occasions, which the diversified moveinents of the age have called into existence. He has endeavoured to pass by productions which are merely ephemeral ; so that the new Select flymns may more nearly correspond with those, which have received the seat 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 omnit many hyinns, which other wise 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, he 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.

For the information of those who are not acquainted with “ Christian Psalmody," it may not be irrelevant to state that the psalms and hymns of Watts, which are enclosed in brackets, are so marked, to indicate that they were, for some reason, omitted in that work.

In regard to other points worthy of consideration, the Editor avails himself of the Preface to the former editions.

“ The effect of public psalmody is often exceedingly marred by a psalm or hymn being sung to an ill-adapted tune. The leaders of singing choirs are not always persons of good taste and judgment; and the best qualified leader cannot always, at the mo. ment, so fully possess himself of the sentiments of the portion given out, as immediately to recur to a tune well suited to express them.

It might, therefore, it was thought, be highly useful to sit down at leisure, and refer each psalın and hymo, not merely to a proper key, but to a suitable tune.

* The grand defect of our public psalmody, in general, is the want of proper expression. Should a preacher deliver a sermon in an unanimated, monotonous inanner, not varying the movement, or quantity, or tone of voice, nor even observing the pauses--be his sermon ever so good, or his pronunciation ever so exact-iis hearers might sleep, and his labor be lost. So the best psalm may be sung to the best tune, and every note, in the

several parts, be sounded with the utmost exactness, and yet the performance have little interest or effect. That performance of psalmody, and that only, is entitled to be called good, in which the movement, quantity, and tone of voice, are well adapted to the general subject, and so varied as justly lo express the different thoughts, sentiments, and pissions. This, it is confessed, is an attainment of no small difficulty; and requires no ordinary degree of judgment and taste, altention and practice. Its importance, however, demands that every thing which can be done in aid of it, should be dune. To assist singers extensively, in this essential, but neglected part of good psalmody, no method appeared more eligible, than that of so marking the psalms and hyinns by means of certain symbols, as to indicate, as correctly as possible, the requisite variations of movement, quantity, and tone of voice.”

Ir assigning particular tunes for the several psalms and hymns regard has been had, not merely to the different key, but also to the peculiar air and character of each tune, and its appropriate adaptation to the psalı or hynin for which it is assigned. If, therefore, in any instance, the leader of the choir, for some particular reason, think it not best to sing the tune, or either of the tunes referred to ; still the reference may be of use, as a direction to the sort of tune suitable to be chosen.

of the several parts of this undertaking, that of marking the psalms and hymns with reference to expression, was not the least ditficult. To indicate, indeed, all the variations, which a skilful and well-practised performer would observe, were impracticable; to designate some of the principal of them only, is what has been attempted. The method adopted for this purpose is simple, and easy to be understood,

“ The movement is divided into five degrees, which are supposed to be indicated by five vowels, in Roman letter : viz. Q-very slow; e-slow; i--common; o-quick; 4-very quick : but in the actual marking, the i is omitted ; as it was deemed unnecessary for passages requiring only the common movement to be marked.The quantity of voice is also divided into five degrees, which, in like manner, are indicated by the same vowels in Italic letter: viz. a-very soft; soft; i--common, but omitted in the marking; D--loud ; very loud.

In some passages a variation is required both of movement and qiiantity. The Pathetic in general, and some other kinds of sentiment, require the slow and soft; this expression is denoted by the letter p. The Grand requires the slow and loud; this expression is denoted by the letter g. The Beautiful requires the quick and soft ; this expression is denoted by the letter b The Spirited requires the quick and loud , this expression is denoted by the letter 8.

“Some passages require not any considerable change from the common, either in movement or quantity ; but either a peculiar

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distinctness of utterance, or some peculiar distinction in the tone or modulation of voice. This expression, or rather these varieties of expression, are denoted by the letter d. This symbol is, indeed, not so inuch to indicate the particular manner of performance, as to arrest attention, and notify that some peculiar manner is required. Where it is applied, however, whether to passages marked as quotations, or to such as express abhorrence, scorn, indignation, or any other passion or feeling, the judicious performer will, in general, readily perceive the requisite expression.

“If a psalm or hymn begins without any symbol of expression, it is to be considered as common, until some symbol is applied. When any symbol is applied, that is to be considered as being continued, until some other occurs. The short dash (-) afer any other symbol, denotes the passage to be in all respects common..

“ The general character of each psalm or hymn, as before intimated, is intended to be designated by the tune, or tunes, to which it is referred; and in applying the symbols of expression, each passage of the psalm or hynin has been considered relatively to the prevailing character of the whole, and to the bearings of the several passages. Hence, some passages are marked differently from what they would have been, had the psalm or hymn to which they belong, been of a different prevailing character, or the passages with which they stand connected, required different kinds of expression.

“In the Punctuation, regard has been had to musical expres sion. In some instances, therefore, different points or pauses are inserted, from what would have been used, had the grammatical construction, only, been regarded. The dash is intended to denote an expressive suspension. In order to good expression, a distinct and judicious observance of the pauses, is absolutely necessary.

“ In reference to persons, the relative who is preferred to that, because it is better for musical sound. For the same reason, in reference to things, that is preferred to which."

" It only remains for the Compiler and Editor humbly to com. mend the work, in its several parts and forms, to the candour of the religious public—with the devout hope, that it will promote their improvement and delight in the high praises of GOD; and above all, to the favour of HIM, who is “ fearful in praises,” and whose approbation is the highest meed-with the fervent prayer, that, under his gracious blessing, it may contribute to the ad. vancement of his great salvation, and to the glory of his adorable NAME."

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To these sentiments of a revered and beloved parent, I would humbly and cordially subscribe.

SAMUEL M. WORCESTER.

Amherst College, Jan. 20, 1834.

A TABLE,

TO FIND ANY PSALM OR HYMN BY THE FIRST LINE.

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Page. ACCORDING to thy...... 664 Behold, the blind........ 454 A charge to keep t have... 705 Behold the glories......

291 Adore and trenible........ 311 Behold, the grace......

292 Alas! and did my........ 379 Behold, the lotty sky... 79 Alas! what hourly........ 542 Behold the love..

105 All glory to the........... 493 Behold the man! how.... 662 All hail the power........ 521 Behold the morning....... 80 All mortal, vanities........ 304 Behold the potter......... 351 All ye who feel...........

689 Behold the rose........... 324 All ye who love the....... 287 Behold the Saviour at..... 684 Almighty Ruler........... 63 | Behold the sure...........

232 Although the vine....... 565 Behold the woman's...... 454 Am I a soldier............ 563 Behold the wretch........ 354 Amidst thy wrath......... 110 Behold thy waiting......

...... 241 Among th' assemblies..... 174 Behold! what wondrous.. 3:22 Among the princes....... 179 Behold, where in a mortal 669 And are we wretches..... 438 Being of beings, God of... 692 And is the gospel.......... 513 Beneath our feet, and o'er, 760 And let this feeble..... 644 Bestow, dear Lord, upon.. 608 And must this body....... 441 Bless, O my soul, the living 206 And now the scales... 423 Blessed are the sons....... 568 And will the God of...... 174 Biess'd be the everlasting. 305 And will the great....... 594 Bless'd be the Father...... 491 Angels! from the realms., 658 Bless'd morning whose.... 418 Angels, roll the rock...... 520 Bless'd with the joys...... 450 Are all the foes of Zion... 135 Blest are the hunble...... 344 Are sinners now so....... 70 | Blest are the sons......... 260 Arise, my gracious God... 75 | Blest are the souls........ 182 Arise, my soul............ 424 Blest are the undetil'd..... 234 Arm of the Lord.......... 618 Blest be the tie that....... 027 As birds their infant...... 616 Blest Comforter, divine.... 673 Asleep in Jesus, blessed... 759 Blest is the man.......... As new-born babes

365 | Blest is the man whose.... 115 Assembled at thy great.... 731 Blest is the man who...... 51 Al every motion of our.... 678 Blest is the nation........ 100 Attend, my soul.......... 507 Blood has a voice......... 445 Attend while God's....... 451 Blow ye the trumpet...... 588 Al thy command.......... 486 Bread or heaven! on...... 740 Awake, and sing........... 571 Bread of the world !....... 740 Awake, awake, each...... 481 Brightest and best of...... 659 Awake, my heart......... 302 Brighit King of Glory!..... 404 Awake, my soul.......... 630 Broad is the road......... 465 Awake, our souls !........ 312 Buried in shadows of..... 312 Awake, ye saints......... 640 But few among the ........ 341 Awake, ye saints, to...... 262 By thy spirit, Lord,....... 706 Away from every......... 448 By whom was David...... 552 BACKWARD, with...... 318 CAN creatures to perfection 473 Begin, my tongue,........ 415 Can sinners hope for...... 678 Behold, how sinners...... 358' Children in years.........

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Page, Children of God, awake!.. 735 Dismiss us with thy....... 587 Children of the heavenly.. 702 Do wę not know that..... 354 Christ and his cross....... 353 Down headlong from...... 433 Come, all harmonious..... 425 Dread Sov'reign, let my... 378 Come, children, learn..... 104 EARLY, my God, without 142 Come, condescending..... 628 Earthly joys no longer.... 704 Come, dearest Lord...

Encompass'd with clouds, 5.38 Come, every pious heart.. 666 Ere the blue heavens....., 22 Come, gracious Spirit..... 673 Eternal God, enthroned... 642 Come, happy souls........

437 Come hither all ye........ 357 Eternal source of every.... 593

Eternal Lord, from land... 733 Come, Holy Ghost, descend 738 Eternal Sou'reign of........ 461 Come, Holy Spirit, come.. 527 Eternal Spirit, God of..... 673 Come, Holy Spirit......... 394 Eternal Spirit, we confess. 453 Come, humble sinner.... 529 Come in, thou blessed..... 741 Exalt the Lord our God.... 201

Eternal Wisdom, thee..... 506 Come, let our songs....... 743 Exert thy pow'r, thy...... 619 Come, let our voices...... 196 Come, let us anew........ 749 FAITII adds new charms. 701

353 Come, let us join a....... 478 Faith is the brightest ...... Come, let us join our...... 321 Faith, 'tis a precious...... 532 Come, let us join our...... 740 Far as thy name is........ 123 Come, let us lint onr...... 440 Far from my thoughts..... 382 Come, let us lift our...... 487 Far from the world....... 745 Come on, my partners..... 719 Far from these narrow.... 751 Come, sound his praise.... 195 Father, how wide thy..... 523 Come, thou Almighty..

574 Father, I bless thy........ 246 Come, thou condescending 628 Father, I long, I faint..... 415 Come, thou Fount... 556 Father, I sing thy......... 155 Come, thon long-expected. 602 Father of all, we bow..... 589 Come to Calvary's holy... 689 Father of men, thy care... 629 Come, tune, ye sair.ts..... 519 Father of mercies, God of. 713 Come, we that love....... 391

Father of inercies in....... 597 Come, ye sinners, poor.... 686 Father of mercies, send... 624 Come, ye weary sinners... 688 Father, we wait to........ 489 Come, ye weary souls..... 577 Father, whate'er of....... 709 Cotumand thy blessing.... 737

Few are thy days and 676 Consider all my sorrows... 243

Fierce passions discompuse: 351 DARK was the night and. 661

Firin and unmov'd are... 252 Daughter of Zion, awake.. 770 Firm as the earth. ........ 362 Daughter of Zion, from ... 727 Firm was my health...... 95 Daughters of Zion, come.. 327 Fools in their hearts...... 70 David rejoiced in God.....

84 For ever blessed......... 275

my.........

180 Day or judgment, day..... 653 For ever shall Dear as thou wert, and.... 757 Frequent the day of....... 7:36 Dearest of all the names... 460

From age to age exalt..... 216 Dear Jesus, when......... 541

From all who dwell....... 230 Dear Lord, and shall...... 531

Froin deep distress....... 257 Dear Lord, behold....... 468

From every earthly...... 702 Dear Saviour, we are thine 699 From Greenland's icy..... 722 Death cannot make....... 403 From heaven the shining.. 433 Death may dissolve....... 306 From thee, my God....... 419 Death, 'tis a melancholy., 404

From whence these....... 516 Deceived by subele........ 346 From year to year in...... 742

714 Deep in our hearts........ 155 Full of trembling... Deep in the dust.. .... 355 GENTILES by nature, we 350 Descend from heaven..... 387 Gently, Lord, O gentiy..., 710 Did Christ o'er sinners.... 660 Give me lhe wings of...... 456 Descend, Holy Spirit...... 540 Give thanks to God, he.... 216 Didst thou, dear Jesus.... 550 | Give thanks to God, invoke 212

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