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By the late Reverend
Published from the AUTHOR'S Manuscript.
A NEW E DI TION,
Tefteem Nepos for his Faith and Diligence, bis Com-
Euseb. Eccl. Hift. L. vii. C.
Printed in the Year 1776.
P R E F A C. E.
THE Author of the following Hymns,
well known to the World by many excellent and useful Writings, was much folicited by his Friends to print them in his Life-time, from a Hope that they might be serviceable to the Interest of Religion, by afSifting the Devotion of Christians in their social and secret Worship, and, had GOD continued bis Life till bis FAMILY EXPOSITOR on the Epistles had been published, it is probable. he would have complied with their Request : But this and many ather pious and benevolent Purpose's were broken off by bis much-lamented Death. During the last Hour I spent A 2
with him, a few Weeks before that mournful Eveni, be honoured me with some particular Directions about transcribing and publishing them. I have at length, through the good Hand of my GOD upon me, finished them, and present them to the World with a chearful Hope, that they will promote and diffuse a Spirit of Devotion, and, together with other Asistances human and divine, prepare many to join with the devout Author in the nobler and everlasting Anthems of Heaven.
These Hymns being composed to be jung, after the Auibor had been preaching on the Texts prefixed to them, it was his Design, that they should bring over again the leading Thoughts in the Sermon, and naturally express and warmly enforce those devout Sentiments, which he hoped were then rising in the Minds of his Hearers, and belp to fix them on the Memory and Heart: Accordingiy the attentive Reader will observe, that most of them illustrate such Sentiments, as a skilful Preacher would principally insist