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Case BV 415 A3 1854


To the Members and Friends of the

Methodist Episcopal Church. Tux Hymn Book heretofore in 18e among us was, in our opinion, unsurpassed. But the General Conference of 1848, judging that the volume could be improved by a careful revision, and by judiciously multiplying the number of hymns, appointed & Committee, composed of ministers and laymen, to prepare & staz dard edition of the Methodist Hymn Book.* This Committee, having finished the work assigned them, subraitted it to the examination of the Book Committee, and of the Editors of the Book Concer; and having been approved by them, it came before us for a final review. Our examination has been as thorough as the limited time at our disposal allowed. Although we reluctantly part with some of the familiar hymns of the old book, and though, perhaps,

* The Committee were Rev. D. Dailey, Rev. J. B. Alverson, Rov. J. Floy, Rev. D. Patten, jun., Rev. F. Merrick, Dir. R. A. West, and Mr. D. Creamer.

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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,


*** After a careful examination by the Editors and Book Committee, the following resolution was unanimously adopted, at joint meeting in New York, May 4, 1849:Whereas, We believe the Revised Hymn Book, 88 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 whom, as a sub-committee, the principal part of the actual labour has devolved.

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78 IT..

115 The Ministry.

127 The Church

189 The Sabbath.

148 Baptism ...

155 The Lord's Supper.. 160) ROMISES OF THE GOSPEL 171 Depravity

187 Awakening

197 Inviting:

205 Penitential...

217 Justification by Faith... 261 Adoption and Assurance. 976 Sanctification..

289 Prayer and Intercession. 331 Family Devotion 357 The Closet..

38 + Reading the Scriptures . 403 Communion of Saints.... 411 Love-Feast ...

42:3 The Warfare....

43,1 Patience and Resignation 448 Growth in Grace... 474 Unfaithfulness mourned. 607 Backslidings lamented .. 516 Deliverance from Trouble 526 Communion with God... 533 Prospect of Heaven.... 557 NS

576 ITY.

627 IIP.


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C. M. General Invitation to praise the Redeemer.

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My great Redeemer's praise ; The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of bis grace.
2 My gracious Master, and my God,

Assist me to proclnim,
To spread, through all the earth abroad,

The honours of thy Name, 3 Jesus!--the Name that charms our fears

That bids our sorror 8 cease; Tis masic in the sinner's ears,

'Tis life, and health, and peace.
4 He breaks the power of cancell'd sin,

He sets the pris'ner free;
His blood can inake the foulest clean;

His blood avail'd for me. 5 He speake--and, list’ning to his voice,

New life the dead receive;
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice;

The humble poor believe. 6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,

Your loosen'd tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;

And leap, ye lame, for joy.

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