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The Hymns in this Collection marked with an “o” are now published for the first time. Most of the other Hymns are borrowed from the twelve books of which a short description is here given. Of the Hymns without any signature, nothing is known to the editor that can be published. The name of the author, or of the book from which any particular Hymn has been taken, is mostly given at the end of each Hymn.

Almost all the Hymn-books in common use have been carefully examined by the editor, and put in requisition, so far as he could think his use of them justified. The most laborious and ungrateful part of his task has been that of trying to alter and recast the Hymns of others. The alterations and abridgments are such, that no writer is fairly answerable for the writings attributed to him, as they appear on these pages: but the names of the writers, when avowed and known, are given, that to them may be ascribed, in justice, all that the reader may like in each Hymn. There are several writers named, from whose publications more Hymns would have been taken, had it been right to take all that were approved.

I. Devotions, in the antient way of Offices, with Psalms, Hymns, and Prayers for every Day of the Week, and every Holiday in the Year. To which are added, Occasional Offices, and other Devotions, in the same antient way. Reformed by a Person of Quality, and published by GEORGE HICKES, D.D. 5th edit. London, 1717. 12mo. pp. 648. about 5s.J. H., the author of these Devotions, is unknown to the editor of this volume. The Reformer of them was Susannah Hopton, widow of Richard Hopton, of Kington in Herefordshire, one of the Welsh Judges in the reigns of Charles II. and

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James II. Dr. Hickes has given a long account of her, in the Preface to his Second Collection of Controversial Letters: Lond. 1710. She appears to have been a lady of most active piety and earnest devotion; and the volume of Prayers has, in her hands, been well fitted for the honour of that Master in whose service she lived and died. 12mo. pp. 648. These Hymns are marked S. HOPTON. II. The Spirit of the Psalms; or, A compressed Version of Select Portions of the Psalms of David, adapted to Christian Worship. Lond. 1829. 8vo. pp. 160. Cadell. 5s.-The author of this volume has not given a name; and the editor, who signs himself a Clergyman of the Church of England, has dedicated it to the Archbishop of Canterbury. This is a very good volume; and would have lent many more Hymns to the present publication, had it been considered justifiable to borrow more than will go to commend the lender, and may induce a reader to apply to the original publication. It is marked "SP. PSMS." The Preface contains much that is applicable to these pages. With all deference, however, to what is there said, the editor of this Collection still considers it allowable to take from the works of living authors without permission, so it be done very sparingly, and in such a manner as may tend to serve themselves as well as their good purpose and also feels, that he ought to shorten and make alterations in any Hymn so borrowed, wherever he may think it advisable, at his own peril.

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III. The Christian Year. Parker, Oxford. 32mo. 3s. 6d. marked CHRIS. YEAR."

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IV. Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship, selected from various Authors. 3d edit. Wellington, 1817. 32mo. pp. 448. marked "WELL. COLL."

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V. Poems on various subjects connected with the Profession and Practice of the Christian Faith. Parker, Oxford, 1832. 32mo. pp. 32. 6d. marked "POEMS."

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VI. The Olney Collection; marked “ OLNEY H.” VII. A Collection of Prayers for Household Use, with a few Hymns and other Poems. Parker, Oxford, 1828. crown 8vo. pp. 148. 58. marked 66 P. & H."

VIII. A Selection of Psalms and Hymns used in the Parish Churches of Barton-under-Needwood, Tutbury, and Walton. Burton-upon-Trent, 1818. 24mo. pp. 158. marked BARTON H." IX. Sacred Poetry. 5th edit. Edinburgh, 1826. X. Christian Retirement. 4th edit. Hatchards, London, 1829. 5s. marked "CHR. RETMT.'

XI. A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of a Country Congregation, arranged according to the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England, and adapted to Family as well as Private Devotion: by a Clergyman. 2d edit. Basingstoke, 1828. 12mo. pp. 212. 1s. 6d. marked “BASING.

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XII. A Collection of Private Devotions, in the Practice of the Antient Church, called the Hours of Praiers, as they were much after this manner published by Autoritie of Queen Elisa, 1560; taken out of the Holy Scriptures, the Antient Fathers, and the Divine Service of our own Church. 12mo. London, 1655. marked "ANC. DEVOT." The original Imprimatur is dated Feb. 22, 1626, and signed by George Monteigne, then Bishop of London.There are many devout and useful Prayers in this small volume; and three of them are now re printed, as bearing so kindly and so wisely upon the relationship of parent and child. The privileys

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