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highly doctrinal importance. The sentiments, that the Deity required an expiring victim, by way of satisfaction to his justice; that the death of Christ operated to cancel the debt which the sinner owed; and that God died upon the cross and rose from the dead; these, though undoubtedly believed with sincerity by those who composed the hymns in which they are found, are considered as unsupported by revelation, and unapproved by reason; and they are not GENERALLY believed in our societies. While selections have been cheerfully made from the works containing such sentiments, of hymns which appeared to possess claims to the devotional attention of Christians, those of the above description have been carefully omitted.
A large number of the hymns now used in the Universalist Societies in Boston, have been retained. Selections have been made from the Philadelphia hymn book, Watts's, Belknap's, and Emerson's collections, and the hymns published some years since, at the request and by the direction of the General Convention of Universalists. With these selections a small number of original hymns have been incorporated.
While existing societies, believing in the "common salvation," are increasing in the number of their members, and new communities of the same faith are forming in various sections of the country, and possessing the privilege of Divine worship, a hope is entertained, that this compilation will contribute to aid, strengthen, and animate the spirit of pure devotion. With this hope, the compilers commend the succeeding pages to the blessing of heaven, and to the patronage of their brethren.
Boston, April 14, 1821.
Praise for Providence. Mat. v. 45. Acts xiv. 17. Ps. cxlv. 16.
THY ways, O Lord, with wise design,
And every dark or bending line
2 With feeble light, and half obscure,
3 Thy flock, thine own peculiar care,
4 They neither know, nor trace the way;
Nor shall the weakest fail or die.
5 My favour'd soul shall meekly learn
To lay her reason at thy throne;
Too weak thy secrets to discern,
I'll trust Thee for my guide alone. RIPPON's Coll.
HYMN 2. C. M.
The Excellence of Scripture. Tim. iii. 16. Rom. xv. 4.
2 Here may the wretched sons of want Exhaustless riches find ;
Riches, above what earth can grant;
3 Here, the fair tree of knowledge grows,
4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
5 Oh may these heavenly pages be
6 Divine Instructer, gracious Lord!
HYMN 3. C. M.
Praise for the Gospel. Ps. xcvi. 1. Luke iii. 5, 6.
O our almighty Maker, God,
2 He spake the word to Abr'am first,
The Gentiles make his name their trust,
3 Let the whole earth his love proclaim,
HYMN 4. L. M.
First and Second Adam. Rom. v. 14. 1 Cor. xv.
ORD, what was man when made at first, Adam, the offspring of the dust, That thou should'st set him and his race But just below an angel's place!
2 That thou should'st raise his nature so,
3 But, O! what brighter glories wait
4 See him below his angels made,
5 The world to come, redeem'd from all
HYMN 5. L. M.
Christ and the Church. Ps. xlviii. 10. xlvii. 9. c. 4,5.
HE King of saints, how fair his face, Adorn'd with majesty and grace! He comes with blessings from above, And wins the nations to his love.
2 At his right hand, our eyes behold
The queen array'd in purest gold!
3 He forms her beauties like his own,
4 So shall the King the more rejoice
6 Let endless honours crown his head;
HYMN 6. Eights and Sevens Metre.
Consolation of Israel. Isa. xlix. 13. xl. 1.2. Luke ii. 25, 26.
NOME, thou long expected Jesus,
From our fears and sins release us,