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In m WORD OF Carist DWILL IN YOU RICHLY IN ALL 'WIBVOM, TEACHING AND ADMONTAMING
GRACE IN YOUR HEARTS UXTO THE LORD. Col. 3: 16.
BOARD OF PUBLICATION
SYNOD'S ROOMS, 61 FRANKLIN STREET.
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
REV. THOMAS C. STRONG, On behalf of the Board of Publication of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church
in North America, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the
United States for the Southern District of New York.
FIRST REVISED EDITION.
HOS FORD & 00., STATIONERS AND PRINTERS,
57 and 59 William St., N. Y.
Psalms AND IIymns USED BY THE REFORMED l'ROTESTANT
It has ever been a principle of the Church that no Psalms nor Hymns may be publicly sung in the Reformed Protestant Dutch Churches, but such as are approved and recommended by the General Synod. Previously to the American Revolution, the psalmody of the Church embraced only the Psalms in the Dutch language, usually bound up in the Bibles then in common use. The version approved by the Synod was that of Dathenus. In addition to this, the new version of Psalms and Hymns compiled and adopted in the Netherlands, in the year 1773, was subsequently approved. After the period of the American Revolution, when it was found necessary to introduce English singing, the Rev. Dr. Livingston compiled a book of Psalms and Hymns in the English language, which was published, with the express approbation and recommendation of the General Synod, in the year 1789. This book continued in use in the churches until the year 1812, when, at the instance of the Classis of New York, the Particular Synod of New York referred the subject relative to the revision of the Psalms and Hymns then in use, to the General Synod. The reference was favorably entertained by the Synod, and they requested the Rev. Professor Livingston to make the selection of Psalms and Hymns, agreeably to the views then expressed, and appointed a committee to whom the saine should be submitted for their examination and approval. At the session of the Synod, held in October, 1813, this committee reported in favour of the selection, and the Synod accordingly adopted it, entered upon their records a minute highly complimentary to the distinguished compiler, and made the necessary arrangements for its publication and introduction into the public worship of the churches.
In the year 1830, the General Synod deemed it expedient that an additional number of Hymns should be added to those contained in the book then in use, and accordingly a committee was appointed to make a selection, on a variety of subjects, with a view to constitute a second book of Hymns. At the next session of the Synod, this committee reported a selection of one hundred and seventy-two additional Hymns, which were approved, ordered to be published as a second book of Hymns, and authorized to be used in all the churches. At the instance of the General Synod's Sabbath School Board, a committee was appointed at the meeting of the Synod, in June 1842, to compile a book for the use of the Sabbath Schools of the Church. The selection as reported by the committee, embraced many Hymns suitable for social as well as Sabbath School worship. It was approved by the Synod, in the year 1843, and ordered to be published, under the title of the “Social and Sabbath School Hymn Book.”
The Board of Sabbath School Union being about to publish a second edition of this book, requested, in the year 1845, that the Synod would furnish an additional number of Hymns for the purpose of filling up certain blank pages on the last sheet of the work. On considering this request, the Synod resolved, in view of the fact that the Hymns now authorized to be used by the churches were comprised in three separate books, and that still additional Hymns on certain subjects were needed, to refer the whole subject of the Hymn Book to a committee, to consider the importance of a new arrangement, and with instructions to report such new Hymns as would make the collection more complete. At the meeting of the General Synod in June, 1846, this committee presented their report recoinmending such new arrangement, and at the same time submitting a selection of Hymns on a variety of subjects, to the number of three hundred and forty-two. The Hymns thus submitted were approved by the Synod, and the committee were authorized to complete the work, and prepare the whole for publication as speedily as convenient. The Board of Direction were also empowered to carry out the necessary arrangements for printing the same.
All this has been done, and the present work is the result of such action. The book thus completed will compare favorably with the various selections used by the several denominations of Christians in our land, and it is fervently hoped will prove a happy auxiliary in promoting the devotions, public, social, and private, of the members of our Church.
THOMAS M. STRONG,
Stated Clerk of General Synod. New York, June, 1847.
In June, 1858, the General Synod resolved, “That the future issuing of our Psalmody be committed to the Board of Publication." The Board accordingly, having carefully revised the book, now send it forth in an improved form.
New York, October, 1859.