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COLLECTION OF HYMNS
FOR THE PIOUS OF ALL DENOMINATIONS,
TO BE SUNG AT CAMP MEETINGS, DURING REVIVALE
OF RELIGION, AND ON OTHER OCCASIONS.
"O Lord, I will praise thee."--- Isaiah.
standing also,"— Pauh
SELLERS IN THE UNITED STATES.
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the eighth day of May, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1830, JOHN CLARKE, of the said District, has deposited in this otfice the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“The Camp-Meeting Chorister; or, a Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Pious of all Denominations. To be sung at Camp-Meetings, during revivals of religion, and on other occasions.
"O Lord, I will praise thee.”—Isaiah.
standing also."— Paul." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therei? mentioned"--and also to the Act, entitled, “An Act supplementary to an Act entitled, 'An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and Atching historical and other prints.”
This selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songe was first compiled about three years ago. It has passed rapidly through several large editions; and so favourably has it been received, that it was not without difficulty its publisher could meet the de. mand for it. In consequence of this, he has noir prepared a new edition, at the old price, containing upwards of one third more than any former one, on new and smaller type, and revised and prepared with considerable attention, so as to meet the wants and wishes of all denominations, but more essecially of those for whom it was origanally compiled. The publisher's aim has been to make this volume contain as choice a selection as any work of the class extant He has consulted a vast variety of conipiiations, many of which are not known in this country. He has also received from his friends inost of the popular Hymns used at camp meetings, prayer meetings, at revivals of religion, and in the religious community generally.
This edition contains all the hymns in the last the additional ones being placed under the miscel. laneous head at the end.
In the opinion of some, the comniler should have omitted many hyains which are still retainee This, he believes, would no: be strictly just Hyuns, like all other things, are valued according
to the pleasure and profit they afford—but in this selection there is abundance to suit every taste; nor is there any class who use them that may not find the principal of those which they have been pleased to call their favourites. He did not think himself at liberty to select for the fastidious and the formalist. It was for the humble and the pious this work has chiefly been designed. It was vn. dertaken for the edification of those who 'sing with the spirit and with the understanding," that it might be the means of inspiring their devotion mand of confirming the faith, enlivening the hopes, and increasing, through the melody of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, the flame of pure practical holiness,
Praise alone constitutes the employment of the zaints of God in glory. But in this state of being our praises should be mingled with prayer-huinhle, fervent, and sincere. Singing enables the mem. bers of the church militant not only to offer supplications to God, but also to anticipate those heavenly exercises in which the spirits of the just made perfect shall be engaged when faith is lost in sight and hope in fruition-when the saints of God shall take their harps, and with melody never again to cease, shall raise the heavenly anthem,“Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty"-"Hallelujahl salvation, and glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord, our God; for true and righteous are his judgments."