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SELECTED AND ORIGINAL,
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WORSHIP.
PUBLISHED FOR THE
Evangelical Lutheran Church
IN THE UNITED STATES.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1852, by
T. NEWTON KURTZ,
STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON AND 00.
Luth. 6 E93 1852 1855
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE LARGE
A LARGER form of this work having been called for, the Publishing Committee, in accordance with the instructions which they received from the General Synod, at its last meeting, herewith present it to the public. It differs only in size from the last revised edition, except that some mistakes that had been made as the work was passing through the press are here corrected. The most material of these is the substitution of new hymns in the place of Nos. 357, 775, and 926, the first having been inserted by a mistake of the printer, and the others being duplicates of Nos. 60 and 415. The tt being put after the numbers of these hymns, it is hoped that no inconvenience will occur from this correction.
A general desire having been expressed for the insertion of the names of authors, and the list given in the first edition being very imperfect, great pains have been taken by the Chairman of the Committee of Revision to make this as complete as possible, though something still remains to be done in this direction, which it is hoped may be supplied hereafter. :
The table of German hymns and tunes promised in the Preface to the former edition, but accidentally omitted, is also herewith furnished, and will likewise be added to the smaller editions. It is hoped that this will not only facilitate the singing of these hymns, but also tend to improve our church music, by the introduction of a number of well known and standard German tunes, with which a large body of our members are already familiar in the German.
SINGING the praises of God is justly regarded as one of the most delightful and profitable parts of worship, both public and private. It was introduced by divine command into the worship of the Old Testament; the blessed Savior himself recommended it by his practice; and it is enjoined by the apostle Paul on Christians in general. Its separate utility, in addition to that of prayer and hearing the word of God, is based upon the very nature of the human mind, as it calls into action additional powers of the soul. Yet as the materials for the exercise of this Christian duty in any other than the Hebrew language, whether translations of the Psalms or original effusions on the doctrines and facts of the Scriptures, are necessarily the products of uninspired pens; they are characterized by different degrees of merit, both in respect to poetic excellence and devotional tendency. In no other language, it is thought, is there extant so copious and excellent a collection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, as that of the Lutheran Church in Germany. And from this copious source our German churches in this country have drawn ample supplies. Yet the prevalence of the English language has, in some places, long since led to its introduction into the services of our sanctuaries, as well as to the publication of several collections of