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DR. WATTS'S PSALMS AND HYMNS.
BY THOMAS RUSSELL, A. M.
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.-Matt. xxvi. 30.
The church triumphant, and the church below,
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CONSIDERABLE pains have been taken to render the following Collection of Hymns worthy the acceptance of my friends, and of the religious public, as a Companion and Supplement to the invaluable compositions of Dr. WATTS. It has been my desire that the same evangelical principles, the same fervent devotion, the same truly Christian spirit, by which his Psalms and Hymns are so eminently distinguished, should characterize every part of this Appendix.
While it will be seen that the materials of which it is composed, have been selected from a great variety of Authors and Collections, I wish it to be particularly noticed, that I have inserted a very large proportion of Dr. DoDDRIDGE'S* and
The following Extracts from Mr. Orton's preface to Dr, Doddridge's Hymns, will, I think, shew the propriety of my introducing so many of his judicious and excellent compositions, into the present work.
“ Those young ministers who are desirous of entering into the spirit and copiousness of Scripture, may find this work greatly useful to them, by directing them to many very suitable texts, and to some natural thoughts and useful reflections to be insisted upon in discoursing from them.”
“ In these composures, I hope few low or trivial expressions will be found : nothing appears unsuitable to the gravity and dignity of a worshipping assembly: nothing likely to darken or damp the devotion of the humble Christian. There is nothing that savours of a party-spirit, or carries an appearance of designing to confine their use to any of the sects into which Christians are unhappily divided. The materials are divine, and the author's soul was never more enlarged, than when he was promoting a spirit of piety and candor in their just connexion.”
“ These Hymns being originally designed for the use of a congregation of plain unlearned Christians, it cannot be expected they should entertain