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TE DEUM LAUDAMUS.
One general fault, in reading the following sentences, is dropping the voice at the conclusion of each member; whereas, in many the sense is not complete, till made up by that part in which the congregation response; and in one instance, it does not terminate till the third by the Minister.
Another fault almost equally common is falsely placing the emphasis on the word "thee" in the seventh, and three following sentences of the Te Deum; nor can it with propriety be made the emphatic word in the other portions of this sublime Hymn, with the exception, perhaps, of the concluding clause in the first sentence, and the first clause in the last sentence.
We praise thee' Ŏ Gōd" we acknowledge thee to be the Lòrd"
All the earth' doth wo`rship thee' the Father everla`sting""
To thee' all àngels cry aloud" the heavens' and all the powers therein""
To thee' Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry'
Hōly" Hōly" Hōly' Lord God of Sabaoth"" Heaven' and earth' are full of the majesty of thy glory"
The glorious company of the apo`stles' praise thee"
The goodly fellowship of the pro`phets' praise
The noble army of martyrs' praise thee"" The Holy Church' throughout all the world' doth acknowledge thee
The Father' of an infinite majesty !" Thine adorable' true' and ònly Son" Also the Holy Ghost' the co`mforter''' Thou art the King of Glory' Ŏ Christ"" Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father""' When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man' thou didst humble thyself to be born of a virgin'
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death" thou didst òpen the kingdom of heaven' to all believers""
Thou sittest at the right hand of Go'd' in the glory of the Father"
We believe' that thou shalt come to be our ju`dge"
We therefore pray thee' he'lp thy servants' whom thou hast redeemed' with thy precious blood"
Make them to be numbered with thy sàints' in glōry everla`sting""
Ŏ Lord' save thy people' and ble'ss thine heritage"
Govern them' and lift them up for ever"" Day by day' we magnify thee"
And we worship thy name e`ver' world without end""
Vouchsafe' Ŏ Lord' to keep us thi's day without sin""'
Ŏ Lōrd' have mercy upon us" have mercy upon us""
Ŏ Lōrd' let thy mercy be upon us' as our tru'st is in thee""
Ŏ Lōrd' in thèe have I trusted'let me ne ver be confounded=
Ŏ be joyful in the Lord' all ye lan'ds" serve the Lord with gla'dness' and come before his presence' with a so`ng"
Be ye sùre' that the Lord' He is Go'd' it is Hè that hath made us' and not we' ourselves" we are hi's people' and the sheep of hi`s pasture""
Ŏ go your way into his gàtes' with thanksgiving" and into his coùrts' with praise" be thankful unto him' and speak goo'd of his
For the Lord' is gràcious" his mercy is everla sting" and his truth' endureth from generàtion to generation=
Bles'sed be the Lord God of Israel" for' he hath visited' and redeèmed his people""'
And hath raised up a migh`ty salvàtion for us' in the house of his servant David"
As he spake by the mouth of his hōly Prophets' which have been since the world began" That we should be saved from our enemies' and from the hand of all that hate us"
Glory be, &c.'
It is not part of my province, to descant upon the propriety of appointing these hymns to be read, as part of the church service; though, surely, they seem much better calculated for singing. But since it is a necessary part of the service, nothing can be more absurd, than delivering them in the usual cold monotonous manner. What can be more incongruous to the matter, than such a mode of uttering the following
O come let us sing unto the Lord, let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation'-Or this,
'O be joyful in the Lord all ye lands, serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.'
Surely hymns, such as these, ought to be delivered in tones of that enthusiastic ardour, which naturally result from a heart filled with admiration, love, and gratitude towards its great Creator and Benefactor. After these follows the Creed.
'I believe in Go'd' the Father Almighty' maker of heaven and earth" and in Jesus Christ' his only Son' our Lord"" Who was conceived' by the Holy Ghost" bòrn' of the Virgin Mary" suffered' under Pontius Pilate" was crucified' dea'd' and buried" [he descended into hell"] the third day he rose from the dead" he a'scended into heaven" and sitteth on the right hand of God' the Father Almighty" from thence' he shall come to ju`dge' the quick and the dea'd"" I believe in the Hōly Ghost" the hōly catholic church" the commùnion of saints" the forgiveness of sins" the re surrection of the body" and the life everla'sting.'
This Creed will admit of little change in the notes of the voice. It ought to be pronounced with distinctness and solemnity; to which nothing will con