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The Subscribers, having examined the present edition of Watt and Rippon, would cheerfully commend it to the churches, believin that an edition of the volume of the present enlarged size was much needed, and having full confidence that in the hands of the edito the work will be found to have been well and faithfully executed.
S. H. CONE, WILLIAM R. WILLIAMS,
A. MACLAY, JONATHAN GOING.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1833, by Moore & Payne, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York
Txat the churches of Christ are indebted to the labours of the Rev. Dr. Watts for a very large portion of the valuable evangelical and lyric poetry in the English language, is a proposition which few will be disposed to doubt. To this sweet singer in Israel, millions now in glory, and millions still on earth, have been, and are yet, under lasting obligations for the spiritual edification which they have derived from his incomparable Psalms and Hymns. It is probably no exaggeration to say, that the inspirations of his pious muse will continue to direct and to animate the souls of men, until the devotions of the church militant shall be superseded by the exalted harmony of the upper temple.
It is due to the Rev. Dr. Rippon to state, that the utility of Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns has been greatly promoted by his arrangement; and also by the enlarging and perfecting the various Tables and Indexes. These, as they came from the hand of Dr. Watts, were so exceedingly deficient, that they must have continued comparatively useless, but for the skill and industry of Dr. Rippon. To the sacred poetry of Dr. Watts, Dr. Rippon has added an invaluable collection of nearly six HUNDRED Hemxs, more than two hundred of which were composed by himself, Dr. John Ryland, or other eminent members of the Baptist denomination. For a more ample account of his labours in this department, the reader is referred to the Prefaces of former editions, in lieu of which, this condensed statement is intended to be an economical substitute.
At the instance of the present editor, the former publisher introduced a variety of improvements into the last
edition, some of which were, incorporating the duplicate Indexes of First Lines ; of General Contents; of Scrip
tures and of Subjects, which were inconveniently scattered through the volume, into one complete set for the whole book. The following are some of the additional emendations, which, it is believed, will render the present edition increasingly valuable.