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Sing ye praises with Understanding --- moking melody in your
Pl. xlvii. 7.-Eph. V. 19.
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into whose hand this compilation may fall, that it is made for the use of a Congregation which hitherto used the Version of Sternbold and Hopkins. . As a desire of discontinuing the Old Verfion was pretty general, nothing prevented its removal but the different opinions which prevailed re« specting the best of succeeding ones. On comparing several of these together", an idea was suggested of selecting from each Verfion, such parts as had an evident fuperiority : but as Excellence, wherever observed, was the professed object of such a selection ; those fingle Psalms which had been happily translated or paraphrased by eminent Hands t, became, as far as they could be súng to familiar tunes, a valuable acquisition.
At the request of some very respectable Characters who have long wished for a selection of this sort -- concise, evangelic, and devotional-it is here attempted.
With this view, such Psalms as principally relate to the concerns of the Jewish State and Nation are abridged: those more generally interesting, appear in different metres : the verses of the 119th stand collected under distinct. heads and
of Mr. Merrick's Paraphrase is divided into stanzas.
The alterations which have been made in order to improve the sense or connection of a few passages ;
to reduce two or three unusual metres to the
. As those by Denham, Milbourne, Tate and Brady, Smart, Merrick, Watts, &c. to the diftinguished excellence of which last-mentioned Version this work tands deeply iodebted.
+ Sush as Milton, Addifon, Rows, Tollet, Steele, &c.