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EMBRACING VARIOUS SUBJEOTS, AND INCLUDING A GREAT
VARIETY OF METRES.
Particularly designed for Christian Worship.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY MILLER AND HUTCHENS,
ASTOI, LE FOX ÁNO
Rhode Island District, sc. BE it remembered, That on this fifth day of May, A. D. 1820, and in the forty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Miller and Hutchens, of said District, deposited in this office the title of a book, whereof they claim as proprietors, in the following words, viz:- 26. The Providence Selection of Hymns, supplementary to Dr. Watts. Embracing various Subjects, and including a great variety of Meties. Particularly designed for Christian Worship."
In conformity to an act of Congress of the United States, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned.” And also to an act, entitled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies, of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors, of such copies during the time therein mentioned, and extending the benefit thereof to the art of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.”
Clerk R. I Witness, BENJAMIN COWELL,
While it very generally is admitted that Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, possess a . variety and excellency transcending any other single author, it at the same time is as generally felt, and acknowledged, that there are many deeply interesting subjects, and highly important occasions, to which he has not adapted any Hymns, whatsoever. This deficiency, it is true, is amply supplied by sundry approved authors in divine poesy, whose names it is not needful here to mention. But still a judicious selection, comprising a due portion of the best productions contained in the books of these approved authors, is highly requisite, because all these Hymn Books would be both too expensive and too burdensome. This selection, while recommended for extensive variety, for devotional correct sentiment, and, in many instances, for truly sublime. poetic versification, yet is in no wise designed to supercede, but only as supplementary to Watts’ Psalms and Hymns.