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or translated, stamps the father of the Wesleys a true poet, and of which his son John was so justly proud. In reference to this document, Dr. Clarke's Wesley Family (Works, 12mo, vol. ii.) may be consulted with advantage.
The first Methodists at Oxford sung Psalms in proportion to their earnestness in religion ; when they declined, and shrank from the reproach of serious godliness, the psalm singing in their little meetings was given up. After their “day of Pentecost had come,” at Whitsuntide, 1738, the habit of singing was revived, as the biographies abundantly testify. And when hundreds more had their lips opened by the sense of pardoning mercy obtained under the preaching of the two brothers, the revival of singing in England became very marked and general, and Tune-books as well as Hymn-books came into request. John Wesley supplied his people with four, and appears to have permitted, if he did not encourage, the use of two others. Of these four, the first, which has long been extremely rare, is now reprinted to accompany the first Hymn-book. When it originally appeared, the once solitary “missioner in Georgia” had become a very popular clergyman in London, followed by large congregations, and occupying one place of worship, if no more. He had also published more than one volume of Hymns in addition to the Collection of Psalms and Hymns
already spoken of), and some of these in metres
prove, Serve Him with awe, with reverence love." The subjoined list of Errata, though long, may not be quite complete, but will be readily
excused by the candid reader, a fac-simile reprint not admitting of corrections of the press. The number and character of the printer's mistakes suggests the probability of the book being printed without the personal superintendence of Wesley, whose proverbial accuracy must have been sorely tried by the sight of the book when it came into his hands.
The date on the title page is 1737, which disagrees with the Author's date (Outlines of Wesleyan Biblio. graphy, p. 212). Page 15, last line but one, for mercies read mercy's.
29, verse 8, line 2, for fears read tears.
» 4, for hill read hills.
4, 1, for streeming read streaming,
5, » 3, comma after gain.
I » 3, for carreer read career.