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AUTHORIZED BY THE GENERAL SYNOD TO BE USED IN THE
CHURCHES UNDER THEIR CARE.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing
-Col iii. 16.
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by Isaac Young, (on behalf of the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church,) in the clerk's office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York..
Of the Psalms and Hymns used by the Reformed Protestant
It has ever been a principle of the Church that no Psalms nor Hymns may be publicly song in the Reformed Protestant Dutch Churches, but such as are approved and recommended by the General Synod. Previously to the American Revolution, the psalmody of the Church embraced only the psalms in the Dutch language, usually bound up in the Bíbles then in common use. The version approved by the Synod was that of Dathenus. lo addition to this, the new version of psalms and hymns compiled and adopted in the Netherlands, in the year 1773, was subsequently approved. After the period of the American Revolution, when it was found necessary to introduce English singing, the Rev. Dr. Livingston compiled a book of Psalms and Hymns in the English language, which was published, with the express approbation and recommendation of the General Synod, in the year 1789. This book continued in use in the churches until the year 1812, when, at the instance of the Classis of New York, the Particular Synod of New York referred the subject relative to the revision of the Psalms and Hymns then in use, to the General Synod. The reference was favourably entertained by the Synod, and they requested the Rev. Pro. fessor Livingston to make the selection of Psalms and Hymns, agreeably to the views then expressed, and appointed a committee to whom the same should be submitted for their examination approval. At the session of the Synod, held in October, 1813, this committee reported in favour of the selection, and the Synod accordingly adopted it, entered upon their records a minute highly complimentary to the distinguished compiler, and made the necessary arrangemeats for its publication and introduction into the pablic worship of the churches.
In the year 1810, the General Synod deemed it expedient that an additional number of hymns should be added to those contained in the book then in use, and accordingly a cornmittee was appointed to make a selection, on a variety of subjects, with a view to constitute a second book of hymns. At the next session of the Synod, this committee reported a selection of 172 additional hymns, which were approved, ordered to be pabbished as a second book of hymns, and authorised to be used in all the churches. At the instance of the General Synod's Sabbath-School Board, a committee was appointed at the meeting of the Synod, in June 1812, to compile a book for the use of the Sabbath-Schools of the church. The selection, as reported by the committee, embraced many hymns suitable for social as well as Sabbath-School worship. It was approved by the Synod, in the Fear 1843, and ordered to be published, under the title of the “Social and Sabbath-School Hymn Book." The Board of Sabbath-School Union being about to publish a second edition of this book, requested, in the year 1815, that the Synod would furnish an additional number of hymns for the purpose of filling up certain blank pages on the last sheet of the work. On considering this request, the Synod resolved, in view of the fact that the Hymns now authorized to be used by the churches were comprised in three separate books, and that still additional Hymns on certain 'subjects were needed, to refer the whole subject of the Hymn Book to a committee, to consider the importance of a new arrangement, and with instructions to report such new Hymns as would make the collection more complete. At the meeting of the General Synod in June, 1816, this committee presented their report recommending such new arrangement, and at the same time submitting a selection of hyding on a variety of subjects, to the number of three hundred and forty-two. The hymns thus submitted were approved by the Synod, and the committee were authorised to complete the work, and prepare the whole for publication as speedily as convenient. The Board of Direction were also empowered to carry out the necessary arrangements for printing the same. All this has been done, and the present work is the result of such action. The book thus completed will compare favourably with the various selections lised by the several denominations of Christians in our land, and it is fervently hoped will prove a happy auxiliary in promoting the devotions, public, social, and private, of the menubers of our Church.
THOMAS M. STRONG,
Stated Clerk of General Symod. New York, June, 1847.
SUBJECTS OF THE PSALMS.
ADAM, first and second, Psalm 8.
Charity to the poor, 37, 41, 112; and justice, Afflicted, pity to them, 35, 41 ; supported, 55, 15, 112; mixed with imprecations, 35. 145, 146; their prayer, 102, 143; happy, 73, Children praising God, 8; blessings, 127, 128 ; 91, 119, 11th part
instructed, 31, 78. Aflictions, hope in them, 13, 42, 76; support, Christ the second Adam, 8; his all-suffi
119, 11th part; instruction by them, 94, 119, ciency, 16; his ascension, 24, 68, 110; the Ith part: sanctified, 84, 119, 18th part; church's foundation, 118; the shepherd, courage in them, 119, 17th part; removed 23; his coming, the signs of it, 12; coveby prayer, 34, 107; submission to them, 39, nant made with him, 89; first and second 123, 131; in mind and body, 143; trying coming, 96, 97, 98; the true David, 35, 89; our graces, 68, 119, 17th part; without his death and resurrection, 16, 22, 69; the rejection, 89; of saints and sinners differ eternal Creator, 112; exalted to the kingent, 94; gentle, 103; moderated, 125; very dom, 2,8, 21, 72, 110; our example, 109; great, 77, 102, 113.
faith in his blood, 41; God and man, 86; Aged saint's reflection, 71.
his Godhead, 102; our hope, 4, 51; his inAll-seeing God, 139.
carnation and sacrifice, 40; the king and Angels, guardian, 34, 91; all subject to Christ, the church his spouse, 45; his kingdom *; worship Christ, 97; praise the Lord, among Gentiles, 72, 87, 132; his love to 103 ; present in churches, 138.
eneries, 35, 109; his majesty, 97, 99; his Appeal to God against persecutors, 7; con mediatorial kingdom, 89, 110; his obe
cerning our sincerity, 139; humility, 131; dience and death, 69; his personal glories, Searcher of hearts, 119, 21st part.
45; priest and king, 110; his resurrection Ascension of Christ, 24, 47, 68, 110.
on the Lord's day, 118; our strength and Asestance from God, 138, 14.
righteousness, 71; his sufferings and kingAtheism of the heart, 54; practical, 12, 14, dom, 2, 22, 69; his sufferings, 69; his zeal 36; punished, 10.
and reproaches, 69. Attributes of God, 36, 111, 145, 147.
Christians, qualifications, 15, 24; church Authority from God, 75, 82.
made of Jews and Gentiles, 87.
Church, its beauty, 45, 48, 112; the birth-placo Backsliding, 25; restored, 51; pardoned, 78, of saints, 87; built on Jesus Christ, 118; 130,
delight and safety in it, 27, 48, 84; destrucBlessing of God in this life, 177.
tion of enemies proceeds thence, 70; gaBlessings of a family, 128, 133; of a nation, thered and settled, 132; privileges, 132;
141, 157; of the country, 65, 117; of a per of the Gentiles, 45, 47; God fights for her, son, 1, 32, 112
10, 20, 46; God's presence there, 84, 132; Blool of Christ cleansing, 51, 69.
God's special delight, 87, 132; God's garBook of nature and scripture, 19, 119, 4th den, 92; going to it, 122; the house and part; happiness, 147.
care of God, 135; of the Jews and GenBrotherly love, 133; reproof, 141.
tiles, 87; its increase, 67; prayer in distress, Business of life blest, 127.
80; restored by prayer, 85, 102, 107; its
safety, 46; is the safety and honour of a Care of Gol over his saints, 34.
nation, 18; the spouse of Christ, 45; its