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of the old book, and though, perhaps, in the judgment of some, they have not, in every instance, been substituted by hymns of greater merit, yet we can confidently approve this Re vised Copy; and we do, most cordially, recom. mend it as a greatly improved and standard edition of the Methodist Hymn Book. We congratulate you, brethren, on having now such a Book as, from the number, variety, and adaptation of its hymns, will not require another revision for generations to come.
In presenting to you this Standard Hymn Book, we believe that we are putting into your hands one of the choicest selections of evangelical Hymns for Private Devotion, as well as for Family, Social, and Public Worship. We are gratified also to add, that no mercenary ends are sought in this publication ; for after the necessary expenses are met, its avails, if any, will be sacredly devoted to charitable and religious objects, as were the profits of the former edition. We urge you, therefore, by your regard for our Church, and for the authority of the General Conference, to purchase only such Methodist Hymn Books as are published by our Agents, and have the names of your Bishops.
We exhort you, dear brethren, to sing with the Spirit, and with the understanding also; and we shall rejoice to join you in time and in eternity. Your affectionate pastors in Christ,
EDMUND S. JANES New York, May, 1849.
After a careful exainination by the Editors and Book Committee, the following resolution was unanimously adopted, at a joint meeting in New-York, May 4, 1849:
Whereas, We believe the Revised Hymn Book, as a whole, will
be found, in view of its objects, superior to any other in the
English language, therefore Resolved,—That in our judgment the thanks of the Church are due to the Committee to Revise the Hymn Book, for their faithful and judicious labours; and especially to the Rev. James Floy, D. D., and to Mr. Robert A. West, upon whoın, as a sub-committee, the principal part of the actual labour has devolved.
CHRISTIAN Fellow. | Communion of Saints .
INTRODUCTORY TO WORSHIP.
FOR a thousand tongues, to sing
My great Redeemer's praise; The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace.
Assist me to proclaim,-
The honours of thy Name. 3 Jesus !--the Name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease ; 'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life, and health, and peace.
He sets the pris'ner free;
His blood avail'd for me. 5 He speaks,—and, list’ning to his voice,
New life the dead receive;
The humble poor believe. 6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosen'd tongues employ ;
And leap, ye lame, for joy.
Of Moses and the Lamb;
To praise the Saviour's Name.
Sing of his rising power ;
For those whose sins he bore. 3 Ye pilgrims, on the road
To Zion's city, sing;
In Christ, the' eternal King.
Ye blessed children, come; Soon will he call us hence away,
To our eternal home. 5 There shall each raptured tongue
His endless praise proclaim; And sweeter voices tune the song
Of Moses and the Lamb. 3
Our common Saviour praise :
The glory of his grace.
Of every sinner's heart:
Or force him to depart.
Yield to be saved from sin;
That thou wilt enter in,