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God is the King of all the earth : Sing ye praises with understanding--Ps. alvii. 7





No. 72 Nassau-Street,

nouthern District of New-York, ss.

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the fourteenth day of October, ia 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 hook, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words and figures fol. »lowing, to wit:

“A Collection of Psalms and Hemns, for Social and Private Worship. God is the King of all the earth Sing ye praises with understanding.' P's. xlvii. 7."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An 2. act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, * and books, to the autbors 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 "Lo the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."


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 ofi 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 celebraA tion of the praises of the Most High. marts. It has also been a principal object in this selection to combine un taste with devotion. It is not meant that there is any natural re

the pugnance between them; but perhaps there are few persons of such cultivated minds, who have not had cause to lament their too fre

quent 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 Col. lection, have been consulted, as far as practicable, in the originals, and many passages bave been restored from the readings


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