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Anthems, & Psalms,
COMPILED BY THE
REV. WALTER BURGH, A. M.
With reference to the most approved Music;
Especially that of the
"And when they had sung an hymn, they went out "into the mount of Olives." Matt. xxvi. 30.
"Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, "and hymns, and spiritual songs."-Col. iii. 16.
"They were wont to meet together, and sing among "themselves a hymn to Christ, as God."-Pliny's Letter to the Emperor Trajan, A.D. 107.
PRINTED FOR AND SOLD BY A. & W. WATSON,
THE EDITOR, having lately assisted in publishing a Selection from the 150 Metrical PSALMS, used in the Church of England, with reference, in each, to the beautiful Music of the MELODIA SACRA; has continued the plan, by compiling, as a second Volume to the former, a collection of HYMNS AND ANTHEMS, from the many thousand compositions of the kind extant in Poetry and Music. His first care having been to consult the religious feeling of the Public, (as far as it has been expressed,) by extracting largely from collections used in Churches or Chapels of the Establishment, this work will be found to include not only the most popular Hymns, and Psalms of other versions; but also the Anthems capable of performance in ordinary. Churches and in Families.
Pious and judicious persons have sometimes regretted, perhaps with reason, that,
among the numerous publications of this kind, none are to be found of moderate size, sufficiently comprehensive to contain the best sacred lyrics, and compiled at the same time in a sufficiently Catholic spirit ;such as might prove suitable, for the purposes of public, domestic, or private worship, to the Christian whose habits of contemplation have been formed after those models of reverend simplicity, scriptural orthodoxy, and humble piety, which are found in the prayers and services of the Church of England. It would appear that adequate pains have not yet been employed to render more worthy of its divine object this delightful part of worship, recommended by the practice of our Lord, and by the precept of His Apostles.
As to the Hymns here selected, the Editor trusts they will be found suited to most states of mind, and to the various conditions of human life. Dreading no accusation equally with that of appearing ashamed of his Saviour before men,' he has not shrunk from setting forth the deepest truths of the
Gospel as the only source of hope and peace and consolation; thus rendering, as is infinitely due, glory to the God of Grace and Mercy:-yet, has he not hesitated, with the example of inspired writers before him, to retain many sublime or affecting compositions in which the Almighty is adored as the God of Nature and of Providence.
As to the compositions themselves, he hopes little will be found in them repugnant to the dignity of the Gospel, or unbecoming the creature and the sinner in his addresses to the Majesty of Heaven.
Familiarity of diction, and loose incautious rhyming, have been, for these reasons, avoided; and the admonition of Scripture ever kept in view;—" God is in Heaven, and thou upon Earth :"-" Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling."*
Had this book been prepared solely, or even mainly, with a view to public worship, it should have been smaller but, as the Publisher could not, in reason, expect the sanction of general authority for a work of
Eccles. v. 2. Psalm ii. 11.