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HYMNS AND PSALMS,
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WORSHIP.
SELECTED AND PREPARED BY
ANDREW KIPPIS, D. D. F. R. S. AND S. A. SÓ
THE FOURTH EDITION,
Corrected and improved.
I will sing with the Spirit, and I will sing with the Understanding also.
1 Corinth, xiv, 15.
TO WHICH IS ADDED A
147 g. 339 .
worship it is not necessary to enlarge. Every pious and well-regulated mind will be sensible of the obligations we are under to celebrate the praises of the Supreme Being, and of the edification and pleasure arising from such a devout exercise, when conducted in
a proper manner. In this sacred employment, particular care should be taken that nothing be introduced which shall clash with the sentiments, or hurt the feelings, of any sincere Christian. This is evident from the very nature of social prayer and praise, in which it is requisite that every inember of a religious assembly should be able to join; and, consequently, from which every thing of a doubtful or disputable kind
ought to be removed. To the truth of these
But were all the compositions of Dr. Watts perfectly unexceptionable, or entirely conformable to the ideas of every Christian,
, still there is no necessity for our being con
fined to the productions of any single person. There are many hymns by different writers, which highly deserve to constitute a part of our religious services. Accordingly, several collections have been made of late years, in which the compositions of other pious authors have been introduced, besides those of. Dr. Watts. Of these collections one only has been formed in London, and the use of it has been limited to a single congregation. The generality of the Presbyterian Societies in the metropolis and its vicinity have hitherto contented themselves solely with Dr. Watts's Psalms. Of this defect we and many
Ministers have long been sensible: and, therefore, in the present work, we have endcavoured to remedy the deficiency as far as lies in our power; in doing which we have not adopted any preceding collection, but have determined to make a new.one for the use of ourselves, of our respective congregations, and of such other Christian assemblies as may approve of our labours. In this business we have been very diligent in seeking for assist
And here we must acknowledge, that our principal obligations are still due to Dr. Waits, whose praise in the churches we are so far from wishing to Jessen, that we have with pleasure given it a wider diffusion. Our obligations to him are the greater, as we have taken in the whole range of his devout poetry;