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AND JOSEPH STEWARD.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY PETER P. GLEASO
District of Connecticut, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERET, That on the se. SEAL.. cond day of June, in the thirty-seventh
year of the Independence of the Uni
ted States of America, Nathan Strong, bel Flint, and Joseph Steward, of the said District, have deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as authors in the words following, to wit :
“ The Hartford Selection of Hymns, from the most approved Authors. To which are added, ir number never before published. Compiled by Nathan Strong, Abel Flint, and Joseph Steward."
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 pro. prietors of such copies during the times therein inentioned.” And the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled " An Act supplementary to the Act, entitled ' Ad 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 mention(d,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historie cal and other prints.”
H. W. EDWARDS,
Clerk of the District of Connecticut. A true Copy of Record, examined and sealed in nie,
11. W. EDWARDS, ("Aprika of the Tjistrict of Coperticut:
There are extant many Hymn Books containing excellent Hynins and Spiritual Songs. These Books have their respective excellencies, and give credit to their authors or compilers. The demand for books of this kind having been very great of late, owing to the happy revival of re. ligion in many towns in New England, several Booksellers applied to the Editors for advice, which of the many selections of hymns extant it' would be most adviseable to re-print. On reviewing different compilations, with a view of answering this question, the Editors conceived that a volume might be compiled better adapted to the taste of pious minds in this country than any they have seen. They were urged to at. tempt such a selection by booksellers, and also by several pious people.
In making this selection, the Editors have en. deavoured to adapt it to the use of Christians in their closets, families, and private religious meetings; and also to the feelings of persons in every state of religious impression.
The hymns of Dr. WATTS, that first of unin. spired divine poets, are so universally dispersed, and in such general use, that a less number have been taken from him than would otherwise bave been the case. This volume is compiled poir
pally from NEWTON, COWPER, DODDRIDGE, RipPon's Selection, and others not in common use. It contains also several original hymns, and many which have never appeared in any book of divine songs.
It will be observed, upon comparing these hymns with the volumes from which they are taken, that a number have been abridged, and some lines altered. The only apology which the Editors have to make for this, is, that in their judgment, such abridgments and alterations render this volume better adapted to the uses for which it was designed.
Hartford, July 3, 1799.
HYMN 1. L. M.
1 Of earth and seas and worlds unknown; All things are subject to thy laws; All things depend on thee alone. 2 Thy glorious being singly stands, Of all within itself possest; Control'd by none are thy commands ; Thou from thyself alone art blest. 3 To thee alone ourselves we owe; Let heav'n and earth due homage pay ; All other gods we disavow, Deny their claims, renounce their sway. 4. Spread thy great name thro' heathen lands; Their idol deities dethrone; Reduce the world to thy commands, And reign for ever God alone.