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professions. Episcopalian, Nonconformist, Presbyterian, Independent, Moravian, Wesleyan and Friend :-a result strengthening the impression that amongst true christians, when not engaged in theological controversy or discussion, but dwelling only on the grand essentials of Christian Truth, there is a wonderful and beautiful harmony: a pleasing though faint resemblance of that, which attains its perfection only when the voices of the innumerable multitude around the throne join in the choral hymn

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

I would earnestly commend to the young the importance of storing their memories in early life, not only with texts of Scripture, but with the useful

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auxiliaries of Christian hymns. My wish has been to offer to them a selection, from which they may commit to memory such as are adapted, not only to their present circumstances and age, but to some of the varying conditions of future life; to times of joy or of sorrow-of shade or sunshine of health or of sickness, or to the closing scene of the dying bed.

That under the divine blessing, this little book may subserve these purposes—may aid in awakening the love of Christ in the youthful heart, or of cherishing it when awakened, -is my earnest desire in completing my pleasant task.

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JOHN FORD,

YORK, 1866.

SELECTED HYMNS.

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MORNING HYMN.

AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and early rise,
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Redeem thy misspent time that's past,
And live this day as if thy last;
To improve thy talents take due care;
For the great day thyself prepare.

Let all thy converse be sincere,
Thy conscience as the noonday clear;
Think how th' All-seeing God thy ways
And all thy secret thoughts surveys.

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Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
Glory to the Eternal King.

Glory to Thee, who safe hast kept,
And hast refresh'd me whilst I slept;
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake,
I may of endJess life partake.

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Scatter my sins as morning dew;
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say;
That all my powers, with all their might,
To Thy sole glory may unite.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

KEN,

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