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Devout Breathings

OF THE

SOUL TO GOD,

IN

HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS,

IN TWO PARTS.

COMPOSED BY

JOSHUA PELL,

PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL;

On a variety of

SERIOUS AND INTERESTING SUBJECTS, Relative to his own EXPERIENCE and enlarged DESIRE for the GLORY of GOD, and the SALVATION of all MEN,

Which he now PUBLISHES,

LOPING THEY WILL BE OF REAL USE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TRUE CHURCH or GOD OF EVERY DENOMINATION.

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"Because I will pubith the name of the Lord; afcribe ye greatnefs unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect; "for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth, and without "iniquity; juft and right is he."

Deut. xxxii. 3, 4.

YORK:

Printed for the Author, by WILSON, SPENCE, & MAWMAN,

Anno 1793.

ADVERTISEMENT.

Br the particular defire of a few Friends who are lovers of Vocal Mufic, I have engaged myself to publifh a variety of new tunes,-all compofed by JOHN JACKSON, Mufic-mafter, of Bedale in Yorkshire.

These tunes are peculiarly fitted to the several meafures contained in this Book; and are well adapted to fuit ferious perfons, who fing with grace in their hearts to the Lord. For whether the founds of them be very folemn or very cheerful, their numbers naturally flow in harmonious strains,, with much sweetnefs, eafe, and elegance-without being burthened with long tedious, tirefome repetitions: On this account they cannot fail of being useful to those who make a proper use of them.

The Notes may be bad either bound up along with this Book, or they may be had separate by themselves.

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PREFACE.

ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God,

and is profitable for doctrine, for correction, for inftruction in righteoufnefs; that the Man of God may be perfect,-throughly furnished unto all good works. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God fpake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost". Hence the Holy Scriptures are able to make men wife unto falvation, and ought to be confidered as the best outward rule that we can have to guide us in all the affairs of life.

Yet it is certain that the letter of Scripture is not fufficient of itself to guide us to heaven, without the help of the Holy Spirit; for if any man have not the Spirit of Chrift, he is none of his; and it is the Spirit that helpeth our infirmties,-teacheth us to pray as we ought, and that maketh interceffion for us with groanings, which cannot be uttered. For this reafon, I have taken the Scriptures for my outward rule, and the Holy Spirit for my inward guide; and, in the following work, have clofely adhered thereunto.

My ftudies have not been directed by confidering what were my former thoughts about religion, nor by a defire of imitating others in any particular opinion or mode of worship; neither by a defire of affecting a fingularity of my own*;

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(a) 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17. (b) 2 Pet. i. 21. (c) Rom. viii. 9, 26.

* See THE EVIL CONSEQUENCES OF PARTY SPIRIT.. Armenian Magazine for October 1793, page 553, &c.

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