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PSALMS AND HYMNS,
SOCIAL AND PRIVATE WORSHIP.
God is the King of all the earth: Sing ye praises with understanding........Ps. xĮvii. 7.
Southern District of New-York, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the fourteenth day of October, in the forty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, W. H. CLAYTON, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words and figures following, to wit:
"A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship. 'God is the King of all the earth; Sing ye praises with understanding.'→→→ Ps. xlvii. 7."
IN CONFORMITY to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, "charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during "the times therein mentioned;" and also, to an act, entitled, "An act
supplementary to an act, entitled, an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors "and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, "and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and "etching historical and other prints."
GILBERT LIVINGSTON THOMPSON,
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.
The following Collection of Sacred Poetry will be found to aim at no sectarian distinctions. It has rather been the wish of the Compiler to exclude all reference to those opinions which are still controverted among Christians, and to advance only those great and important practical doctrines in which all are professedly agreed. He has endeavoured to avoid every expression which could give offence to the *serious Christian of any denomination; and thus, as far as possible, to enable all to unite, cordially and sincerely, in this interesting part of social worship, the celebration of the praises of the Most High.
It has also been a principal object in this selection to combine taste with devotion. It is not meant that there is any natural repugnance between them; but perhaps there are few persons of cultivated minds, who have not had cause to lament their too frequent disunion. In comprising, however, a proper diversity of subjects, adapted to the many occasions of social and private worship, or in any degree commensurate with the various wants, conditions and occurrences of human life, it has been difficult to avoid some sacrifices of good taste. On the other hand, a few hymns will be found here which are merely didactic, on subjects that do not admit of the pathos of devotional feeling. But these, it is hoped, will not be thought to be misplaced, if it is considered that the use of a work of this kind is not confined to the solemn services of the sanctuary. Its influence in the retired walks of devotion, as a manual of Christian edification and instruction among all ages, was deemed too important to be wholly disregarded.
The works which have in any measure contributed to this Collection, have been consulted, as far as practicable, in the originals, and many passages have been restored from the readings in common use. In de