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THE BOOK OF PSALMS,
ARRANGED IN SUITABLE PORTIONS,
I. On subjects suggested by the events, songs, types,
II. On the history, doctrines and duties of the New
III. For miscellaneous occasions.
O come let us sing unto the Lord. Ps. xcv. 1.
I will sing with the spirit, anil I will sing with the understanding also.
Teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns, and
PUBLISHED BY J. G. AND J. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH
In the very small, though judicious Selection, which has long been used in our Parish Church, sixty-seven Psalms are entirely omitted, and many important portions of others. A larger Selection has long been desired, by which the edification of the congregation, in the exercise of an interesting and animating part of devotion, might be promoted; and in which might be found suitable portions on those various subjects of religious praise, thanksgiving, and meditation, which are suggested by the Services of the Church, in successive periods of life, and seasons of the year,-by the discourses of the minister,-or by the various special occasions which frequently occur. A reprint of the foriner Selection both of Psalms and Hymns has for some time been necessary, to supply numerous families, and new members of the Congregation. It has, therefore, been thought expedient, under such circumstances, to prepare an enlarged selection, on a plan sufficiently comprehensive to provide for all the wants of con. gregational worship.
If the present compilation answers this end, and is acceptable and useful to the Congregations by whom it is used, the Compiler will be amply rewarded for the thought and labour of many years. The work has been long in preparation, and long expected. The delay was unavoid. able, unless some part of the plan had been abandoned; and the size of the book, which is a principal subject of regret, would have been much greater, had not a most careful selection been made from large materials actually prepared. The cost has, even now, exceeded his expectations; although a large number has been printed, to reduce the price as much as possible, and the Compiler neither desired nor expects, any pecuniary profit. In many congregations, however, the price of a copious Selection is not felt to be an objection, when the disadvantages of a scanty one are taken into the account. By reducing the price å little to the Clergy, for the supply of the poorer Parishioners and Schools, and by a smaller and cheap reprint, if it can be safely undertaken, this objection may be partly obviated. A copious Psalm and Hymn book is both a useful and favorite part of a Cottage Library. The Compiler further entertains the hope of a favourable reception, from the in