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1871, March 18.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
THE beautiful selection of sacred poetry, entitled "Sabbath Recreations," was published in England without the name of the compiler. It is known, however, that the public is indebted for this, as for other works of a highly moral character and most beneficial tendency, to the taste and judgment of Miss Emily Taylor; and, though her modesty may have induced her to withhold her name from the title-page, I trust that she will consider the conviction on the part of the American editor and publishers, that her name will extend the sphere of the book's usefulness in this country, as a sufficient apology for giving it to the American public.
In the present edition the book has undergone considerable change. Without departing from its original plan, but with a view to the better adaptation of it to the taste and feelings of the lovers of religious poetry in the United States, many pieces have been withdrawn from it, and others substituted, both from English and American writers. The alterations have been care
fully noted in the table of contents, that the reader may have the means of referring the pleasure, derived from such pieces as are not thus distinguished, to the poetical taste and moral feeling of the original compiler. It is hoped that the lovers of sacred poetry-poetry that has caught its spirit from
"the book of grace
And book of nature".
may find in this little manual much to "make the Sabbath a delight," and to kindle and keep burning within them the love of God, and a desire of a better knowledge of his works, as well as of those words which, at sundry times and in divers manners, he spake unto the fathers of Israel by his prophets, and of those which, in later times, he hath spoken unto us by his Son.