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ducing a proportionate benefit. In the present edition, I have curtailed them; but, as I have been careful to leave entire, or nearly so, the first verse of each; and as I have not materia , altered the language of the remaining verses which still appear, I think but little inconvenience will be experienced, particularly if the hymns be given out from this edition, as in that case no verses can be read which are not in all the books. It will be seen that I have sometimes taken a line from another author; but for this, not professing perfection, I shall offer no apology.
My reason for putting those of my own composing together was, that I might publish a few copies of them separately from the selection, for the benefit of those who might wish to have them without being obliged to purchase the whole work; so that they may be had as they appeared originally, at full length, together with 112 more, since added, under the title of the “Nazarene's Songs."
The pages gained by the curtailment of my own hymns, as above named, are occupied with a Supplement, consisting of 120 hymns, which have principally been selected from Hart and Berridge, these two men being, I believe, the sweetest and greatest experimental writers that have left any hymns on record. The supplement may be had separately, at a low price, by those who have the former editions of this work.
If the dear Redeemer will be gracious to make this selection of hymns a blessing to his people, I hope the same grace which will accomplish this end, will influence me to feel amply rewarded for my labour, and cheerfülly give him the whole of the glory.
WILLIAM GADSBY. Manchester, November, 1838.
If any of the Hymns be thought too long to sing at one time the verses included in brackets, thus [ ], may be left out, without destroying the sense.
What worthless worms are we!
And pay their praise to thee! 2 Thy throne eternal ages stood,
Ere seas or stars were made: Thou art the ever-living God,
Were all the nations dead. 3 [Nature and time quite naked lie
To thy immense survey, From the formation of the sky,
To the great burning day.] 4 Eternity, with all its years,
Stands present in thy view:
Great God! there's nothing new! 5 Our lives through various scenes are drawn,
And vex'd with trifling cares, While thy eternal thought moves on Thy undisturb'd affairs.
6 Great God! how infinite art thou !
What worthless worms are we!
And pay their praise to thee!
The Eternity of God.-Ps. xo. 2.
And draw my thoughts to thee;
To praise the eternal Three.
Jehovah fill'd his throne;
The Maker lived alone. 3 His boundless years can ne'er decrease,
But still maintain their prime;
And ever is his time.
The present and the past,
And sees our ages waste.
And vast destruction come!
And wait their fiery doom.
And flame melt down the skies,