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trust is for everg” by, ther in conduct" composition, a test of genius. We flatter ourse!" ready see the virtuous on the works of our choices see more of its effects, and t as action on society at large. We know not a mo" desightful or improfit” ercise, than the reading of sacred poetry. truths are thereby " wered to the mind in a so best fitted to gain them welcome admi". advantage of this mode of communicating ge instruction has long been felt. It is es ially neficial informing the minds of they"; to 3 for religion. It is impossible, wo think, topso exhortations to virt" and piety, or dissuasions vice, in a form le. repulsive than that in who they are presented by the poet. As the mauso of one man are naturally more engaging than thor of another man : * poetry, of its own naturo is live than prose. The P", mustalwo to end of his art, to please; this compositional). thing

more attrac keep in view the firs

necessarily exclude" from his that might seem harsh and forbidding: Besides,

is constantly moving the affectionsandraising agree. able sentiments in the mind. These circumstant” will serve in some me". to explain the sho also alluded to, that the application of the doctrinesan' recepts of religion, is never less displeasing to" then it is made by the poet. Verse seem. to carry along with it the power of winning over the * ions of the soul, and bending them " the mind feels le.

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reluctance in submitting itself to the dominion of ing. The ol.

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charm of -- - ----> Saul o:o: as the evil spirit departed from before him. We o o of Israel tuned his harp our delins we are less backward in confessin tuencies then than at other ti g of penitential - er times. The flow ial sorrow is never stronger Or Humility is never dee o r or more sin. more prostrate. We .er; self-abasement . with the offers of merc e . disposed to ore warm and lively. O y:. Our gratitude is and the wh y. ur Joy mo more d ole train of sentim more glowing; the ... and fervent *. o our bosoms i - o we think '.s, are never more im emn appeals to muk, be more convinci pressive senting o nvincingly sh , Cannot day of j ur readers with th y shown than by * of judgment e following li prepossible for , Verses which lines on the any one t h, we think it i 0 read without k it im. emotion.

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Horrors past imagination Will surprise your trembling heart, When you hear your condemnation, “Hence, accursed wretch, depart; Thou with Satan and his angels have thy part!” Satan, who now tries to please you, Lest you timely warning take, When that word is past, wiil seize you, Plunge you in the burning lake! Think, poor sinner, thy eternal all's at stake.

But to those who have confessed,
Lov’d and serv'd the Lord below,
He will say, “Come near, ye blessed,
See the kingdom I bestow :
You for ever shall my love and glory know:”

Under sorrows and reproaches, May this thought your courage raise ! Swiftly God's great day approaches, Sighs shall then be chang'd to praise; We shall triumph when the world is in a blaze.

In presenting this little volume to the puhlic we feel encouraged by the hope of its being useful, The Hymns of the excellent and pious divines, Watts and Doddridge, are very generally taught throughout the island, and thousands are at this day experiencing the good which they are calculated to impart. The Olney Hymns, too, have been found highly beneficial in furnishing instruction to persons of matured understanding, as well as in cherishing pious and devout affections. We flatter ourselves that in general usefulness the present collection will not fall behind either of these now mentioned, or any other selection of Sacred Poetry now

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ws and reproaches, May this thought "". courage raise' Swiftly God's grea: day approaches. Sighs shall then be chang'd to prai"; we shali triumph when the world is in a blazo ng this little volume to the public" d by the hope of its being useful The Hymns of the excellent and pious divine Y. and poddridge, are very generally taught oo:::::::: e ed to impart. The 5. * ich they are calculatfound highly beneficial .. ymns, too, have been persons of matured ... instructions cherishing pious and dev ing, as well as in ourselves that i vout affections. We fl lecti es that in general usef eflatter ection will not fall behi sefulness the presentw. tioned, o ind either of th , or any oth - ese no y other selection of Sacred W men Poetrynow

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..". we are certain that it is not inis inter y other in poetical excellence. There able . through the volume a very considerbest and er of small poems, the productions of our likewise o: recent authors. It will be found too. - y s possibl - lection to have. An . sible perhaps, for any col. not impropert , in concluding, we i sid per to state what sing, we judge it ered as no smal we think mu that by far mall recommendatio st be conConsi the greater pr tion of the work how ists of entire o "Portion of the volm. V printed for S, and severa tline - the first time, ! of these are

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