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Designed to supersede all others hitherto made use of in that Ghorch. SELECTED FROM VARIOUS AUTHORS.

Let the inhabitant! of the Rock sing.— Iia. xlii. II.

Singing and making melody in your hearts unto the Lord. Eph. t. 19.

There are no songs comparable to the aongs of Zion.— Milton.




631 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa., Bev. J. C. EMEB.Y, Business Manager.


entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1876, by

REV. H. M. TURNER, D.D., In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.


To THK Bishops of the A. M. E. Chubcu :

Tenerable Fathers : In pursuance of a resolution adopted by the General Conference during its session in 18G8, at Wash- ington, D. C, doing me the honor of appointing me as com- piler of the new edition of our hymn book, I now have the honor herewith to submit the manuscript of the same for your Inspection. As you well know I have been about five year* working upon this manuscript; and yet it falls far short of what I would have been pleased to have given the church. But when you take into consideration the fact that I have had to execute the work amid the most busy and onerous years of my life, traveling most of the time day and night, planting and organizing new churches and missions, superintending most of the time the interest of our beloved connexion in the Em- pire State of the South, preaching thousands of sermons and delivering thousands of addresses, with no money appropriated to assist me in procuring clerical help you will, I know, be more charitable with its defects and probable omissions, than you would have been had my facilities been otherwise. I have the satisfaction of knowing, however, that I did the best I could under my embarrassed circumstances.

The magnitude of the work required at least, that two ex- perienced hymnologists should be given wholly to it for aa indefinite time, to prepare such a collection of sacred songs, as the growing demands of our church will very soon stand in need of. In the execution of it, however, I have had as mj primal object the glory of God and the good of the caurch. (iii)


Therefore I have disregarded the criticisms of our own day and the animadversions of posterity, and have collected and arranged as my best judgment dictated, such hymns as I thought would be best adapted to the present wants of our people ; leaving posterity to provide for thomselves. In doing this you will observe I have drawn very largely upon the Wesleys, so much so, that it may be regarded as strictly a Wesleyan hymn book; notwithstanding, I had before me thirty-two of the best and most orthodox hymn books extant, from which I culled with prayer and great patience to make a collection of sacred poems, commensurate with the intellectual and literary status of our people. Several hymns were furnished by our own ministers, but, as they were so carelessly prepared in the main, the most of them were rejected. This statement is made with regret. Under the head of *' Revivals" a large number of old " Zion songs" have been inserted

This may elicit the disapproval of some of our poetic neolo- gists. But they must remember we have a wide spread custom of singing on revival occasions, especially, what is commonly called SPIRITUAL songs, most of which are devoid of both sense and reason ; and some are absolutely false and vulgar. To remedy this evil, and to obviate the necessity of recurring to these wild melodies, even to accommodate the most illiterate, these time honored and precious old songs, which have been Bung since the time " whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary," have been as it were resurrected and regiven to the church. Besides, I am not ashamed to say that I love those good old soul-inspiring songs a thousand fold more than I do these later day operatic songs, most of the music of which is composed by persons who know nothing of God or religion, and some of whom are avowed atheists. And my experience in this respect, I am sure, is the experience of thousands of the ministry and iaity. I desire in this connection to tender my most grateful acknow ledgraenta to Mr. 'William Steward,


cashier of the Freedmen Bank at TallahasBee, Fla., and to MiM A. G. Adams, an eetimable young lady of Savannah, Ga., for valuable aid given in the consummation of this work. And now, venerable fathers, to you, to our ministry and laity, to the mourner in Zlon, and to the heathen in distant lands, and to unborn posterity, I commit these precious pages with the trust, that when the writer shall bo sleeping in the dust, they may be sung to the joy and comfort of millions ; and upon this feeble effort to serve my church, my day and generation, I ask the sanction of heaven and the blessing of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tours, most obediently,


Batatmah, Ga., Jum 2d, 1873.


BxLOTED Bbetbrem :— The General Conference of 1868 ap- pointed Key, H. M. Turner to rerise our old hymn book, which was equivalent to authorizing him to compile a new one. He entered heartily upon his work, and at the end of eight years has given us a compilation, which, in many respects is excel- lent, inasmuch as it is more varied, comprehensive and useful than that, which we have been using for the last forty years; because it has a larger collection of Wesleyan hymns ; there- fore, richer in Wesleyan Christian ideas expressed in lyrical forms. Considered as a compilation, it is certainly a great im- provement upon the whole book as it existed from 1836 to th« present time. The Divisions, entitled "Birthdays," " Fagt and Thanksgivings," "Morning and Evening," the "Seasons," " Baptisms," are enriched by additional hymns from the perm of other evangelical lyrists. New divisions have been created, embracing hymns and spiritual songs suited to the progressiva ■pirit of these modern times, such as the sections, entitled " Missions," " Dedication of Churches and Laying of Corner Stones," " On Heading The Iloly Scriptures," " itevivals," "Patriotic Songs," "Farewell." The whole compilation ends with twelve sweetly solemn chants, and seventeen doxologios ■ulted to all known meters.

The QsefuIIness of this edition is enhanced, by haring an- nexed to it : (a) Our Ritual, (b) The General Rules, which, not only our Pastors, but every one of our members, also, ought to be able to repeat from memory, (c) The Reception of Mem- bers, -which ever/ one oughJ to read, at least once a quarter, in order that they may be reminded of the sacred obligationa. Wo recommend the vrhole book to you, dear brethern and sla- ters, as one well adapted to intensify the flames of private, personal devotion, as well as to promote the cause of Religion in the public worship of the living God.

But, beloved, forget not that hymns, spiritual songs lyrici of the most elevated poetry, breathing the noblest sentiments avail us nothing, unless we sing with the spirit and the under- standing, therefore, in the language of the Apostle, we exhort you to be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves iu psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord. And with David, "Praise ye the Lord for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant and praise is comely." " Serve the Lord with glad- ness, come into his presence with singing." " I will sing of mercy and judgment, unto thee, 0 Lord, will I sing."


Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


1— Being and Attributes of God, 5- 70

'2 Christ, His Kingdom and Atonement, 71-158

3-^Rejoicing and Praise, 159-198

4— The Holy Spirit, ^ 199-224

5— The Church, 225-240

6 The Church and Ministry 241-272

7— Baptism, 273-281

8— The Lord's Supper, ^ 282-298

9— Weddings, 299-303

10— The Sabbath, 304-312

11— Gospel Invitations, 313-356

12— Penitential, ^ 357-445

13— Justification by Faith, 416-497

14— Sanctification, 498-529

15— Faith under Trials, 530-578

16 Death and Judgment, ... 579-633

17— Christmas, 634-642

^8— Birthdays, 643-048

19 Fasts and Thanksgivings, 649-G60

20— Morning and Evening, 661-680

21— The Seasons, 681-093

22— Missions, 694-721

23 Dedication of Churches & Laying of Corner-stones, 722-733

24— Love-Feast 734^744

25— Prayer and Invocations, 745-772

26— On Reading the Holy Scriptures, 773-783

27— Farewell, 784-792

28— Family Worship, 793-801

29— Patriotic Songs, 802-806

30— The Closet and Saints' Communion, 807-838

31— Anniversary of Freedom, .^^. 830-840

32— Revivals, 841-906

33— Chants, j 907-916

34— Doxologiea, 917-921



I L. M. Watts.

TJie Sovereign Jehovah,

1 Before Jehovah's awful throne,

Ye nations bow with sacred joy ; Know that the Lord is God alone ; He can create, and he destroy.

2 His sovereign power without our aid,

Made us of clay, and formed us men ; And when, like wandering sheep, we strayed, He brought us to his fold again.

3 We are his people ; we his care ;

Our souls, and all our mortal frame ; What lasting honors shall we rear. Almighty Father, to thy name ?

4 We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,

High as the heaven our voices raise ; And earth, with her ten thousand tongues, Shall fill thy courts with sounding praise.

5 Wide as the world \& thy command,

Vast as Eternity thy love : Firm as a rock thy truth shall stand, When rolling years shall cease to moy«. (6)


2 7s. C. Wesley

The Trinity.

1 Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God the Father, and the Word, God the Comforter, receive / Blessings more than we can give.

2 Mixed with those beyond the sky, Chanters to the Lord most high. We our hearts and voices raise. Echoing thy eternal praise.

3 One, inexplicably three, One, in simplest unity : God, incline thy gracious ear. Us thy lisping creatures- hear.

4 Thee while man, the earth-born, sings, Angels shrink within their wings: Prostrate seraphim above

Breathe unutterable love.

5 Happy they who never rest, With thy heavenly presence blest I They the heights of glory see, Sound the depths of Deity I

8 6,6,6,6,8,8. Watts

The Trinity.

1 I give immortal praise

To God the Father's love, For all my comforts here, And better hopes above;

He sent his own eternal Son

To die for sins that man had done.

£ To God the Son belongs

Immortal glory, too ; Who bought us with his blood

From everlasting woe ; And now he lives, and now he reigns. And sees the fruit of all his pains.

3 To God the Spirit's name

Immortal worship give, Whose new-creating power

Makes the dead sinner live: His work completes the great design, And fills the soul with joy divine.

4 Almighty God, to thee

Be endless honors done, The undivided Three,

And the mysterious One : Where reason fails, with all her powers, There faith prevails, and love adores.

4 C. M. C. Weslet.

The Trinity.

1 Hail, holy, holy, holy Lord I

Whom one in three we know : By all thy heavenly host adored By all thy Church below.

2 One undivided Trinity

With triumph we proclaim:


Thy universe is full of thee, And speaks thy glorious name.

3 Thee, holy Father, we confess :

Thee, holy Son, adore : Spirit of truth and holiness, We praise thee evermore.

4 The incommunicable right,

Almighty God, receive! Which angel-choirs, and saints in light, And saints embodied, give.

5 Three persons, equally Divine,

We magnify and love ; And both the choirs ere long shall join To sing thy praise above.

6 Hail, holy, holy, holy Lord,

(Our heavenly song shall be,) Supreme, essential One, adored In coeternal Three I

5 CM. S. Wesley, Jr.

To God the Father.

1 Hail, Father, whose creating call

Unnumbered worlds attend ; Jehovah, comprehending all. Whom none can comprehend I

2 In light unsearchable enthroned.

Whom angels dimly see ; The fountain of the Godhead owned, And foremost of the Three 1


^ From thee, through an eternal now, The Son, thine offspring, flowed: An everlasting Father, thou, An everlasting God.

6 L. M. J. Wesley.

[From the German of Dr. Breithaupt.]

Tfie Glory of God.

1 O God, thou bottomless abyss !

Thee to perfection who can know? O height immense ! What words suffice Thy countless attributes to show ?

2 Unfathomable depths thou art !

, O plunge me in thy mercy's seal Void of true wisdom is my heart : With love embrace and cover me I

3 While thee, all infinite, I set,

By faith, before my ravished eye. My weakness bends beneath the weight : O'erpowered, I sink, I faint, I die.

4 Eternity thy fountain was.

Which, like thee, no beginning knew: i Thou wast ere time began his race.

Ere glowed with stars th' ethereal blue.

5 Greatness unspeakable is thine

Greatness, whose undiminished ray. When short-lived worlds are lost, shall shine When earth and heaven are fled away.


6 Unchangeable, all-perfect Lord,

Essential life's unbounded sea, What lives and moves, lives by thy word : It lives, and moves, and is from thee I

7 C. M. C. Weslby Divine excellence.

1 Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

One God in persons three : Of thee we make our joyful boast, Our songs we make of thee 1

2 Thou neither canst be felt nor seen:

Thou art a spirit pure : Thou from eternity hast been. And always shalt endure.

3 Present alike in every place,

Thy Godhead we adore : Beyond the bounds of time and space Thou dwell'st for evermore.

4 In wisdom infinite thou art.

Thine eye doth all things see ; And every thought of every heart Is fully known to thee.

5 Whatever thou wilt, in earth below

Thou dost, in heaven above ; But chieflj^ we rejoice to know Th' almighty God of love.

6 Thou lov'st whate'er thy hands have mad«^

Thy goodness we rehearse,


In shining chamcters displayed Throughout our universe.

7 Mercy, with love and endless grace,

O'er all thy works doth reign ; But mostly thou delight'st to bless Thy fav'rite creature man.

8 Wherefore let every creature give

To thee the praise designed ; But chiefly, Lord, the thanks receive, The hearts, of all mankind.

8 L. M. Watts.

The Glm-y of God.

1 Grod is a name my soul adores,

Th' almighty Three, th' eternal One : Nature and grace, with all their powers, Confess the Infinite unknown.

2 Thy voice produced the pea and spheres,

Bade the waves roar, the planets shine ; But nothing like thyself appears Through all these spacious works of thine.

3 Still restless nature dies and grows.

From change to change the creatures run : Thy being no succession knows, And all thy vast designs are one.

4 A glance of thine runs through the globe,

Rules the bright worlds and moves their frame ;


Of light thou form'st thy dazzling robe, Thy ministers are living flame.

5 How shall polluted mortals dare

To sing thy glory or thy grace? Beneath thy feet we he afar, And see but shadows of thy face.

6 Who can behold the blazing light?

Who can approach consuming flame? None but thy Wisdom knows thy might, None but thy Word can speak thy name.

9 S. M, C. Wesley.

The Trinity.

1 Father, in whom we live.

In whom we are and move, The glory, power, and praise receive, Of thy creating love.

2 Let all the angel throng

Give thanks to God on high. While earth repeats the joyful song, And echoes through the sky.

3 Incarnate Deity,

Let all the ransomed race Bender, in thanks, their lives to thee, For thy redeeming grace :

4 The grace to sinners showed.

Ye heavenly choirs proclaim, And cry, ** Salvation to our Godl Salvation to the Lamb I"

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5 Spirit of holiness,

Let all thy saints adore Thy sacred energy, and bless Thy heart -renewing power.

6 Not angel tongues can tell

Thy love's ecstatic height : The glorious joy unspeakable, The beatific sight 1

7 Eternal, Triune Lord,

Let all the hosts above, . Let all the sons of men, record, And dwell upon thy love.

8 When heaven and earth are fled

Before thy glorious face. Sing, all the saints thy love hath made, Thine everlasting praise I

10 S. M. C. Wesjlet.

Glory of Ood.

1 O all-creating God,

At whose supreme decree Our body rose, a breathing clod. Our souls sprang forth from thee :

2 For this thou hast designed,

And formed us man for this : To know and love thyself, and find In thee our endless bliss.


11 L. M. Watto.

Divine majesty.

1 Eternal Power, whose high abode

Becomes the grandeur of .a God : Infinite lengths beyond the bounds Where stars revolve their little rounds.

2 Thee while the first archangel sings,

He hides his face behind his wings ; And ranks of shining thrones around Fall worshipping, and spread the ground.

3 Lord, what shall earth and ashes do?

We would adore our Maker too I From sin and dust to thee we cry, The Great, the Holy, and the High I

4 Earth from afar hath heard thy fame,

And worms haye learned to lisp thy name; But O, the glories of thy mind Leave all our soaring thoughts behind I

5 God is in heaven, and men below :

Be short our tunes ; our words be few I A solemn rev'rence checks our songs, And praise sits silent on our tongues.

Id C. M. C. Wksi^t,

1 Chron. xxix, 10-13. 1 Bless'd be our everlasting Lord, Our Father, God, and King 1 Thy sovereign goodness we record, Thy glorious power we sing.

OF GOD. 16

2 By thee the victory is given ;

The majesty divine, And strength, and might, and earth, and heaven, And all therein, are thine.

3 The kingdom, Lord, is thine alone.

Who cost thy right maintain ; And, high on thy eternal throne, O'er men and angels reign.

4 Riches, as seemeth good to thee,

Thou dost, and honor, give ; And kings their power and dignity Out of thy hand receive.

5 Thou hast on ua the grace bestowed,

Thy greatness to proclaim ; And therefore now we thank our God, And praise thy glorious name.

6 Thy glorious name, and nature's powers,

Thou dost to us make known ; And all the Deity is ours, Through thy incarnate Son.

18 C. M. WATTft

"Doing wonders"

1 Father, how wide thy glory shines I

How high thy wonders rise I Known through the earth by thousand signs, By thousands through the skies.

2 Those mighty orbs proclaim thy power ;

Their motions speak thy skill ;


And on the wings of every hour We read thy patience still.

3 Part of thy name divinely stands

On all thy creatures writ : They show the labor of thy hands, Or impress of thy feet.

4 But when we view thy strange design

To save rebellious worms, Where vengeance and compassion join In their divinest forms.

5 Our thoughts are lost in reverent awe:

We love and we adore : The first archangel never saw So much of God before.

6 Here the whole Deity is known,

Nor dares a creature guess Which of the glories brighter shone, The justice or the grace.

7 Now the full glories of the Lamb

Adorn the heavenly plains : Bright seraphs learn Immanuel's name, And try their choicest strains.

14 8,8,8. J. Weslet.

1 Fountain of good 1 all blessing flows

From thee : no want thy fulness knows : What but thyself canst thou desire? Yet self-sufficient as thou art,

OF GOD. * 17

Thou dost desire my worthless heart : This, only this, dost thou require.

2 Primeval Beauty I in thy sight

The first-born, fairest sons of light See all their brightest glories fade :

What then to me thine eyes could turn ? In sifi conceived, of woman born,

A worm, a leaf, a blast, a shade I

3 Hell's armies tremble at thy nod,

And, trembling, own th' almighty God, Sovereign of earth, hell, air, and sky !

But who is this that comes from far, "Whose garments rolled in blood appear?

'Tis God made man, for man to die I

4 O God, of good th* unfathomed sea !

Who would not give his heart to thee? Who would not love thee with his might?

O Jesus, Lover of mankind, Who would not his whole soul and mind,

With all his strength, to thee unite ?

15 C. M. Bishop Payn«.

1 Father above the concave sky,

Enthroned in light profound, At thy command, the lightnings fly, And thunders roar around.

2 O who can see the beaming Sun,

The smiling moon at night, The snowy clouds, the countless stars, Enrob'd with dazzling light,


3 And yet refuse to sing thy praise,

In sweetest notes of love ? Or echo to angelic lays, "Which fill the worlds above ?

4 Whene'er I tread the blooming plains

And pluck the fragrant flower, The luscious fruits, the yellow grains, I see thy matchless power.

5 What moves on earth, or wings the air,

Or swims the swelUng sea. Is but a ray of life to point Immortal man to Thee.

6 The lucid eye, the sapient thought,

Give to my gazing soul. Then all, which earth or sky hangs out, Shall speak of thy control.

7 Then, will my heart and tongue unite,

When Nature's works inspire. Thy praise to sing, at morn and night, Upon the sacred lyre.

16 S. M. Montgomery.

"Fearful in praises."

1 Stand up, and bless the Lord,

Ye people of his choice : Stand up, and bless the Lord your God, With heart, and soul, and voice.

2 Though high above all praise.

Above all blessing high,

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Who would not fear his holy name, And laud, and magnify ?

3 O for the living flame

From his own altar brought, To touch our lips our minds inspire, And wing to heaven our thought I

4 There, with benign regard.

Our hymns he deigns to hear : Though unrevealed to mortal sense, The spirit feels him near.

5 God is our strength and song,

And his salvation ours : Then be his love in Christ proclaimed With all our ransomed powers.

6 Stand up, and bless the Lord,

The Lord, your God adore : Stand up, and bless his glorious name. Henceforth, for evermore.

17 8s. Hart.

"This God is our God."

1 This, this is the God we adore.

Our faithful, unchangeable Friend, Whose love is as great as his power, And neither knows measure nor end :

2 *Tis Jesus, the first and the last.

Whose spirit shall guide us safe home : We'll praise him for all that is past, And trust him for all that's to come.


18 L. M. C. Wesley.

Opening worship.

1 O thou, whom all thy saints adore,

We now with all thy saints agree, And bow our inmost souls before Thy glorious, awful majesty.

2 The King of nations we proclaim :

Who would not our great Sovereign fear ? We long t' experience all thy name, And now we come to meet thee here.

3 We come, great God, to seek thy face,

And for thy loving-kindness wait : And 0, how dreadful is this place ! 'Tis God's own house, *tis heaven's gate I

4 Tremble our hearts to find thee nigh,

To thee our trembling hearts aspire ; And lo I we see descend from high The pillar and the flame of fire.

5 Still let it on th' assembly stay,

And all the house with glory fill. To Canaan's bounds point out the way, And lead us to thy holy hill.

6 There let us all with Jesus stand.

And join the general Church aoove ; And take our seats at thy right hand, And sing thine everlasting love.

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19 S. M. Watts.

Psalm viii.

1 O Lord, our heavenly King,

Thy name is all Divine : Thy glories round the earth are spread. And o'er the heavens they shine.

2 Out of the mouths of babes

And sucklings thou canst draw Surprising honors to thy name. And strike the world with awe. .

S When to thy works on high I raise my wond'ring eyes. And see the moon, complete in light, Adorn the darksome skies :

i When I survey the stars.

And all their shining forms Lord, what is man, that worthless thing. Akin to dust and worms ?

5 Lord, what is worthless man.

That thou shouldst love him so? Next to thine angels is he placed, ' And lord of all below.

8 Thine honors crown his head, While beasts, like slaves, obey. And birds that cut the air with wings, And fish that cleave the sea.

7 0 Lord, our heavenly King, Thy name is all Divine : Thv glories round the earth are spread, And o'er the heavens they shine.


30 . CM. Watts.

1 How doth thy wondrous skill array

The earth in cheerful green !

A thousand herbs thy art display,

A thousand flowers between.

2 The rolling mountains of the deep

Obey thy strong command : Thy breath can raise the billows steep, Or sink them to the sand.

3 Thy glories blaze all nature round,

And strike the wond'ring sight. Through skies, and seas, and solid ground. With terror and dehght.

4 Infinite strength and equal skill

Shine through thy works abroad : Our souls with vast amazement fill. And speak the builder God I

5 But the mild glories of thy grace

Our softer passions move : Pity divine in Jesus' face, We see, adore, and love.

81 C. M. Ck)WPKR.

" Wonderful in Counsel." 1 God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform : He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

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2 Deep in unfathomable mines Of never-failing skill, He treasures up his bright designs, And works his sovereign will.

S Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take : The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.

4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust him for his grace : Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

5 His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour : The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower^

6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan his work in vain : God is his own interpreter. And he will make it plain.

22 S. M. . Wat^

Psalm xxiii.

1 The Lord my Shepherd is,

I shall be well supplied : Since he is mine, and I am his, «

What can I want beside ?

2 He leads me to the place

Where heavenly pasture grows,


"Where living waters gently pass, And full salvation flows.

% If e'er I go astray,

He doth my soul reclaim, And guides me in his own right way, For his most holy name.

4 While he affords his aid,

I cannot yield to fear : Though I should walk through death's dark

shade, ,

My Shepherd *s with me there.

5 In spite of all my foes.

Thou dost my table spread My cup with blessings overflows, And joy exalts my head.

6 The bounties of thy love

Shall cro\?h my following days ; Nor from thy house will I remove. Nor cease to speak thy praise.

33 C. M. C. Wesley.

Exodus xxxiv. 6, 7.

1 Thy ceaseless, unexhausted love.

Unmerited and free, Delights our evil to remove. And help our misery.

2 Thou waitest to be gracious still.

Thou dost with sinners bear, That, saved, we may thy goodness feel* And all thy grace declare.


^ Thy goodness and thy truth to me, To every soul, abound : A vast unfathomable sea Where all our thoughts are drowned.

4 Its streams the whole creation reach,

So plenteous is the store Enough for all, enough for each, Enough for evermore.

5 Faithful, 0 Lord, thy mercies are I

A rock that cannot move ; A tlvousand promises declare Thy constancy of love.

6 Throughout the universe it reigns,

Unalterably sure; And while the truth of God remains, His goodness must endure.

24 C. M. Sternhold.

Psalm xviii. 9, 10.

1 The Lord descended from above,

And bowed the heavens most high ; And underneath his feet he cast The darkness of the sky.

2 On cherub and on cherubim

Full rovally he rode ; And on the wings of mighty winda Came flying all abroad.


25 L. M. Addison.

Psalm xix. 1-6.

1 The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky,

And spangled heavens, (a shining frame,) Their great Original proclaim : Th' unwearied sun from day to day Doth his Creator's power display, And publishes to every land The work of an almighty hand.

2 Soon as the evening shades prevail. The moon takes up \h°'. vondrous tale, And nightly to the list ning earth Repeats the story of her birth ; While all the stars that round her bum, And all the planets, in their turn Confirm the tidings as they roll.

And spread the truth from pole to pole.

3 What though in solemn silence all Move round the dark terrestrial ball : What though no real voice nor sound Amid the radiant orbs be found ;

In reason's ear they all rejoice. And utter forth a glorious voice, For ever singing as they shine, "The hand that made us is Divine."

20 7,6,7,6,7,7,7,6. C. Weslet.

The Trinity.

1 Meet and right it is to sing

In every time and place,


Glory to onr heavenly King, The God of truth and grace.

Join we then with sweet accord, All in one thanksgiving join :

Holy, holy, holy Lord, Eternal praise be thine I

S Thee, the first-born sons of light,

In choral symphonies, Praise by day, day without night.

And never, never cease : Angels, and archangels, all

Praise the mystic Three in One ■. Sing, and stop, and gaze, and fall,

O'erwhelmed before thy throne I

8 Vying with that heavenly choir

Who chant thy praise above, We, on eagles* wings aspire

The wings of faith ard love: Thee, they sing, with glory crowned-

We extol the slaughtered Lamb : Lower if our voices sound,

Our subject is the same.

4 Father, God, thy love we praise,

Which gave thy Son to die : Jesus, full of truth and grace,

Alike we glorify : Spirit, Comforter divinOj

Praise by all to thee be given. Till we in full chorus join.

And earth is turned to heaven.

28 being and attributes

27 8,8,8,8,8,8. Addiboh.

Psalm xxiii, 1 The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care : His presence shall my wants supply, And guard me with a watchful eye : My noonday walks he shall attend. And all my midnight hours defend.

f When in the sultry glebe I faint, Or on the thirsty mountain pant, To fertile vales and dewy meads My weary, wandering steps he leads. Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow. Amid the verdant landscape flow.

3 Though in the paths of death I tread, With gloomy horrors overspread, My steadfast heart shall fear no ill, For thou, O Lord, art with me still : Thy friendly crook shall give me aid. And guide me through the dreadful shade

4 Though in a bare and rugged way. Through devious, lonely wilds I stray, Thy bounty shall my pains beguile. The barren wilderness shall smile,

With sudden greens and herbage crowned, And streams shall murmur all around.

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1 Supreme good Master, most sublime, High throned in glory's radiant clime

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Behold thy sons on bended knee Convened 0 God, to worship thee.

2 And as 'tis thine, with open ear.

The suppliant voice of prayer to hear, Grant thou, O Lord, this one request, Let Christians be in blessing blest.

3 0 give to them, from pole to pole The feeling heart, the pitying soul, The generous breast, the liberal hand. Compassions balm and mercy's band.

4 Then to thy throne the earth shall raise Triumi^hant shouts of grateful praise ; And christian men in chorus join.

To hymn the power of love divine.

89 L. M. Watts,

Psalm xxxvi, 5-9.

1 High in the heavens, eternal God,

Thy goodness in full glory shines : Thy truth shall break through every cloud That veils and darkens thy designs.

2 For ever firm thy justice stands,

As mountains their foundations keep: Wise are the wonders of thv hands : Thy judgments are a mighty deep.

3 Thy providence is kind and large,

Both man and beast thy bounty share : The whole creation is thy charge, But saints are thy peculiar care.


4 My God ! how excellent thy grace !

Whence all our hope and comfort springs : The sons of Adam in distress Fly to the shadow of thy wings.

5 Life, like a fountain, rich and free,

Springs from the presence of the Lord ; And in thy light our souls shall see The glories promised in thy word.

30 6,6,6,6,8,8. Watik

Psalm xcvii.

1 The Lord Jehovah reigns,

His throne is built on high : The garments he assumes

Are light and majesty : His glories shine with beams so bright, No mortal eye can bear the sight.

2 The thunders of his hand

Keep the wide world in awe : His wrath and justice stand

To guard his holy law ; ^

And where his love resolves to bless, His truth confirms and seals the grace.

3 Through all his mighty works

Amazing wisdom shines. Confounds the powers of hell,

And breaks their dark designs: Strong is his arm, and shall fulfill ^ His great decrees and sovereign will.

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4 And will this sovereign King

Of glory condescend ? And will he write his name

My Father and my Friend? I love his name, I love his word Join all my powers to praise the Lord !

SI S. M. Wattr.

Psalm ciii, 1-7.

1 O bless the Lord, my soul :

Let all within me join, And aid my tongue to bless his name. Whose favors are divine.

2 O bless the Lord, my soul ;

Nor iet his mercies lie Forgotten in unthank fulness, And without praises die.

3 'Tis he forgives thy sins ;

'Tis he relieves thy pain ; 'Tis he who heals thy sicknesses, And makes thee young again.

4 He crowns thy life with love,

When ransomed from the grave ; He, who redeemed my soul from hell, Hath sovereign power to save.

5 He fills the poor with good :

He gives the sufierers rest : The Lord hath judgment for the proud, And justice for th' opprest.


6 His wondrous works and ways He made by Moses known ; But sent the world his truth and grace By his beloved Son.

32 L. M. J.Wesley.

[From the German.]

The God of all grace.

1 Eternal depth of love divine,

In Jesus, God with us, displayed, How bright thy beaming glories shine ! How wide thy healing streams are spread I

2 With whom dost thou delight to dwell?

Sinners, a vile and thankless race . O God 1 what tongue aright can tell How vast thy love, how great thy grace?

3 The dictates of thy sovereign will

With joy our grateful hearts receive : All thy dehght in us fulfill : Lo 1 all we are to thee we give.

4 To thy sure love, thy tender care,

Our flesh, soul, spirit, we resign ; O fix thy sacred presence there, And seal th' abode for ever thine I

S3 S. M. Watt*.

Psalm ciii, 13-18.

1 The pity of the Lord,

To those that fear his name,

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Is such as tender parents feel : He knows our feeble frame.

2 He knows we are but dust,

Scattered with every breath : His anger, like a rising wind, Can eend us swift to death.

3 Our days are as the grass,

Or like the morning flower : If one sharp blast sweep o'er the field, It withers in an hour.

4 But thy compassions, Lord,

To endless years endure ; And children's children ever find Thy words of promise sure.

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Psalm civ.

1 O worship the King, All glorious above ; O gratefully sing His power and his love : Our Shield and Defender, The Ancient of

days. Pavilioned in splendor. And girded with praise.

2 O tell of his might, O sing of his grace. Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy spac( ? His chariots of wrath The deep thundei-

clouds form, And dark is his path On the wings of the storm.


3 The earth, with its store Of wonders untold. Almighty! thy power Hath founded of old: Hath stablished it fast, By a changeless de- cree,

And round it hath cast, Like a mantle, the sea.

4 Thy bountiful care, What tongue can recite ? It breathes in the air, It shines in the light, It streams from the hills, It descends to the

plain, And sweetly distills In the dew and the rain.

5 Frail children of dust, And feeble as frail. In thee do we trust, Nor find thee to fail : Thy mercies how tender, How firm to the

endl Our Maker, Defender, Kedeemer, and Friend.

6 0 measureless might, Ineffable love : While angels delight To hymn thee '^bove, The humbler creation. Though feeble their

lays, With true adoration. Shall lisp to th. praise.

W C. M. Vatto.

Psalm cxxxix, 1-6.

1 Lord, all I am is known to thee :

In vain my soul would try To shun thy presence, or to flee The notice of thine eye.

2 Thy all-surrounding