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A SHORT time since the Lord God took to himself a dear boy, between twelve and thirteen years old, whose kindness and frankness made him very much beloved by all who knew him. Before his death he shewed, clearly, in many ways, that he had been born again, and made a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ; and this little book of hymns gave him much comfort and light. It was his wish that what he enjoyed so much might be put within the reach of others, and the book printed for the good of the young. His father and mother, thankful for the new birth of their son, and for the strength which God gives them to bear up under their heavy trial, have fulfilled his wish, and the book is now sent to you, dear young reader, as the dying gift of SAMUEL GEORGE, in the hope that God, for the sake of His beloved Son, would make it as great a blessing to you as it was to their child.
EDITED BY THE
REV. HORATIUS BONAR.
"Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King."-Ps. cxlix. 2.
This Hymn-Book is designed both for general use and for Sabbath Schools. In compiling it, both objects have been carefully kept in view, so that “ young men and maidens, old men and children,” may use it in praising the name of the Lord.
The Hymns have been drawn together from a great variety of sources, both ancient and modern, and no small pains have been taken to render the selection both choice and complete. While all the well-known favourites have been retained, a large number have been added hitherto but little known.