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a the best Authors, with Variations
BY JEREMY BELKNAP, D..
THIRD EDITION, WITH IMPROVEMOST
Public, according to cã of Congroise
PRINTED AT BOSTON,
[PROPRIETORS of the Work.]
icteral BOOKSELLERS iu Town and Country,
DR. Johnson hath observed cor.cerning de
votional poetry, that “the fancity of the
“ Join all the names of love and power
Or fet EMANUEL's glory forth."
The names of the authors from whom this filtition is made, are subjoined to each pja!ın or b;mn, excepting when they are unknown, or have required concealment. Most of these names are foam.drar o the readers of poetry; but there is one, to whoir ! om largely indebted for forne of the moji degant of these productions, who is but little known in this Rountry', and of whom I conceive the soilowing ac. count will be acceptable to every reader.
It is humbly apprehended, that a grateful and affectionate address to the exalted Saviour of mankind, or a hymn in honour of the Eternal Spirit, cannot be disagreeable to the mind of God. To ftigmatize such an act of devotion with the name of idolatry, is (to say the least ) an abuse of language. It cannot be juftly charged with derogating from the glory due to the ONE God and Father of all, because he is the ultimate object of the honour which is given to his Son and to his Spirit.
In this selection, those Christians who do not foruple to sing praises to their Redeemer and Sančšifier, will find materials for such a sublime enjoyment ; whilst others, whosé tenderness of conscience may oblige them to confine their addresses to the Father only, will find no deficiency of matter suited to their idea of "the chaste and awful spirit of devotion."
Boston, May 10, 1795
N. B. The characters denoting the foarp or fint key, are prefixed to each psalnı or bymi, ai my request
, by the Rev. Dr. Morse, of Charliftown.