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Skeleton, a thin Shadow, if we Ser. IV. were oblig'd to do no more than what our corrupt and self-indulgent Nature should think necesla. ry: Might we not then argue as strongly against the Lord's Supper? Can you not think of his dying Love when you pray or hear the Word preach'd ? What • need of going to the Table ? But as this is an Ordinance, own'd to be instituted on purpose for the
commemorating of Christ's Death c. and Sufferings; fo why may not
singing of Psalms be a distinct Ordinance, appointed for the celebrating in an especial manner the Praises of God? And can we be
so disingenuous as to refuse exalorting the Name of God in any way
that is possible and lawful for us, who in such numberless ways hath been infinitely merciful and gracious to us?
S. 3. 'Tis objected that this is a Practice without New Testament Prescription; and would you have us sing without warrant from Christ? To make good this Objection, they endeavour to enervate
Ser. Iy. the force of those Pallages we pronduce from the New Testament
for the establising our Practice.
As to that which mentions' our
lieve the original word imports
* Singing of Pjalms vindicated froin the Charge of Novelty, printed by Mr. Parkhurst, Mr. Alleb's Ejay, and the Vindication of it.
convince the unskilful Reader of Ser. IV.
Thanks as hath Singing conjoin'd
To those Places in St. Paul's
*. See Lightfoot, Pacrick, Juriệu, Whitby,
Col. III. 16.
Ser. IV. Duty, they say the Apostle re.
quires speaking only, and teaching
and admonishing one another. They Eph. V.19.
can't deny they are further direc ted to fing, and to make melody: but they evade this, by telling us, it is confin'd wholly to the Heart; finging with Grace in your Hearts; fofinging and making melody in your Hearts to the Lord: and that these Expressions have no respex at all to vocal Singing. This we deny, and say, that those who diffent from us must acknowledg these A&tions of speaking, teaching and admonishing, do undeniably imply the use of the Voice. This being granted, the Nature of the things, in which we are to use our Voice, do fufficiently determine the manner of doing it, viz. by Singing ; the Duty requir'd be. ing fuch as was to be perform'd in Psalms, Hymns, and spiritual Songs, which all who are impartial and ingenuous must own were compos’d and form’d for Singing. But the Apostle says; Singing with Grace in your Hearts, and making melody in your Hearts : Tis gran.
ted, and no doubt ’tis a great Du-Ser. IV.
of the Duty. But how can we teach and admonish one another in Singing? I reply, it would be no wrong done to the Text, if we say that the word écoulès, one another, may be rendred [your selves] for so our Translators have rendred the fame word, Eph. V. 19. And indeed while we are singing, we have a special Opportunity and Help to instruct and admonish our own Souls ; as that by dilating the Sound, and prolonging the Voice, there is more time given for the fixing our Hearts upon that which is sung, with more delightful Meditation. But as I do not deny the word may be and is translated to one another, so how our mutual Instruction and Edification is promoted in the practice of Singing, is plainly, and fully set forth already by him who from this Text hath open'd the nature of the Duty. Thus I have with brevity