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At the last meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, ; May, 1840, “the whole subject of Psalmody, with the procuring and furnishing an edition of Psalms and Hymns ; for our general use, in a way involving no pecuniary responsibility to the Assembly,” having been “referred to the Consulting Committee, for their deliberation and action, as they may deem proper and practicable,” and said Committee, having through successive periods attended : to the weighty trust, endeavoring to perform the difficult : duty assigned them according to the true intent of the : Assembly, and for the edification of the church of God, did, at a regular meeting in the city of New York, Nov. : 5th, 1842, unanimously agree to approve and recommend this present volume, entitled “Church Psalmist, or Psalms and Hymns, for the public, social, and private use of evangelical Christians,” as being, in their judgment, the best adapted to the worship of God in our age and country; and as such it is commended to the Christian public, and especially to all the churches under the care of the Assembly, that they may mith one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and be profited and united in his worship and his praise. SAMUEL H. COX, Chairman.

HENRY A. ROW RAND, Clerk.

The Committee consists of the following members:

MINISTERS. REV. SAMUEL H. COX, D.D. } “ PHILIP C. HAY, D.D. “ ALBERT BARNES, D.D. { “ WILLIAM ADAMS, D.D. “ DAVID A. RIDDLE, D.D. foLi) ERS. MATSON SMITH, M.D. } F. A. RAYBCE), Esq. JOHN J. MASON, Esq.

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; MEMBERs Ex-officro. ; ; REV. ERSKINE MASON, M.D., Stated Clerk of the é General Assembly. ; ; “ E. W. GILBERT, D.D., Permanent “ “ ; : “ HENRY A. ROWLAND, A.M., Temporary “ : * & <--~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<

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THE object of this volume is to furnish the Churches with a complete CoELECTION OF SACRED SONGS for public worship; and in presenting such a work, when so many, aiming at the same end, are already in circulation, we seem to be called upon to state some reasons which have influenced us in this undertaking, and which may have some weight with others. The least offensive mode in which this can be done, will be to give a brief exposition of the principies which have been kept in view in its execution. An outline is all that will be given—for more than this, however much it may be demanded, or however rich in thought or replete with practical wisdom, would be hardly ever read. A PREFACE is generally deemed a very dull and unattractive part of a Book, so much so, that if an author had some profound secrets which he wished to record, and yet preserve in deep obscurity, he might be advised, as it regards most readers, to commit them to the safe-keeping of these ne

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glected pages. And yet some persons read a Preface, and for the benefit of such this one is written.

The subjects of ŁYRIC Portry and PsALMoDY are intimately and inseparably connected, and it is in vain to expect one to exist in a high state of perfection without the other; or for either to attain distinguished excellence without cultivation. It must be acknowledged, that ministers and churches have not studied this subject with that attention which it claims, nor even in relative proportion when compared with other grave matters pertaining to the worship of God. Singing often fails far below every other part of the services of the sanctuary, from the want of both sympathy and knowledge, on the part of the Church. Little is known on the subject, and little is felt in relation to it. But this is a state as unwise as it is criminal. It is a matter of vast and vital importance that all who desire that the public institutions of religion may

make the best impression and secure their highest results,

and especially that ministers of the gospel should understand what Sacred Songs are adapted to social worship, and what tunes wiłł impart to them the greatest power and efficiency. Both of these subjects should form a part of christian instruction, and especially of theological training. A brief course of Lectures on Lyric Poetry, is hardly

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