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of prayer, with necessary directions and addresses to congregations, are, accordingly, presented in this volume, proper to be employed in divine service generally, in the administration of the sacraments, and in the celebration of other solemn rites customary amongst us. But the use of these forms is left entirely to the discretion of congregations and ministers, the Synod having no design to make them binding upon any in connection with us, but judging that the leaders of the devotions of their brethren should be at perfect liberty to address the throne of grace in their own words. It will, perhaps, be found most expedient, that such forms and the free or precomposed prayers of ministers should be used alternately. At all events, the Liturgy will, we trust, prove serviceable to young clergymen, to vacant churches, and to persons remote from Christian temples and desiring to unite together in the adoration of the Most High.

Along with devotional exercises for congregations, it has been thought proper to publish others for families and individuals, adapted to a variety of situations, relations, and characters. Some of these, as well as several parts of the Liturgy, have been translated from the German ; others have been taken from English authors and collections ; and a considerable degree of freedom has been used in selecting and framing them. We commend this part of the work particularly to the attention of our brethren in their domestic and private worship ; believing, that it breathes a spirit of pure Christian piety and love ; and hoping, that it will assist in instructing the young and uninformed how to pray, in comforting the distressed, in awakening a sense of religion in the careless, and in quickening the faith, hope, and charity of upright believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

To the whole of this book, as far as it agrees with his truth in scripture, may it please Almighty God to give his blessing, and make it instrumental in glorifying his name.

FREDERICK H. QUITMAN, D. D. President of the Evangelical

Lutheran Synod of the State of New-York. AUGUSTUS WACKERHAGEN.

Secretary, p. t.

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HYMN 1. L. M.
1. BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne,

Ye nations bow with sacred joy :
Know that the Lord is God alone;

He can create, and he destroy.
2. His sov'reign pow'r, without our aid,

Made us of clay, and form'd us men ;
And, when like wand'ring sheep we stray'd,

He brought us to his fold again. 3. We are his people, we his care,

Our souls and all our mortal frame:
What lasting honours shall we rear,

Almighty Maker, to thy name?
4. We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs;

High as the heav'ns our voices raise ;
And earth with her ten thousand tongues,

Shall fill thy courts with sounding praise. 5. Wide as the world is thy command ;

Vast as eternity thy love;
Firm as a rock thy truth must stand,
When rolling years shall cease to move.

HYMN 2. L. M.
My God, my Life, thy various praise

Shall fill the remnant of my days;
Thy grace employ my thankful tongue,

Till death improve the grateful song.
2. The wings of ev'ry hour shall bear

Some thankful tribute to thine ear;
And ev'ry setting sun shall see
New works of duty done for thee.

3. But who can speak thy wondrous deeds

Thy greatness all our thoughts exceeds.
Vast and unsov'ehable thy ways,
Vast and unceasing

be thy praise.
4. Let endless honours crown thy head ;

Let ev'ry age thy praises spread;
While we with cheerful songs approve
The condescension of thy love.

HYMN 3. c. M. 1.

Y humble souls approach your God
For he is good, immensely good,

And kind are all his ways.
2. All nature owns his guardian care;

In him we live and move: But nobler benefits declare

The wonders of his love. 3. He gave his Son, his only Son,

To ransom rebel worms. 'Tis here he makes his goodness knowrri

In its diviner forms. 4. To this dear refuge, Lord, we come ;

'Tis here our hope relies ; À safe defence, a peaceful home,

When storms of trouble rise.
5. Thine eye beholds with kind regard

The souls who trust in thee;
Their humble hope thou wilt reward

With bliss divinely free.
6. Great God, to thy almighty love

What honours shall we raise ?,
Not all the raptur'd songs above
Can render equal praise.

HYMN 4. C. M. 1. LORD, when cur raptur'd thought surve.

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All nature joins to teach thy praise,

And bids our souls adore.

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