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PSALMS AND HYMNS,
THE OREATER PART
ALTERED WITH A VIEW
PURITY OF DOCTRINE
W. Hurn, Vicar of Debenham,
Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth, O sing praises
into the Lord. Ps. 08. 32,
and give praise. Ps. 57. 7.
ZRINTED AND SOLD BY J. RAW; AND SOLD BY
SEELEY, 169, FLEET-STREET, LONDON.
The expression of our feelings, or particu lar sentiments by singing, according to certain rules of melody, tends to inerease our gratificam tion, to strengthen our principles, and to excite similar feelings and sentiments in others. Through the attraction of Poetry and Music combined our sentiments are conveyed with increased effect, and find a more agreeable and ready access to the heart. When many unite together and exert their melodious powers in harmony, the effect will be still greater.
It seems to have been ou this principle, that the ancient Greeks sung their Pæan, as they were marching to the battle; and that other nations had their war songs to encourage and strengthen them for the conflict. There are at this time songs in the English and other languages descriptive of the various pursuits to which men are attached, and suited to their depraved inclinations, niany of these being in favor of lewdness and intemperance, by which impure desires are fed, thebondage of sin strengthened, and the conta. gion communicated to others. The danger increases in proportion to the numbers engaged, and in places of public dissipation extends to multitudes at once. Hence wise and humane governments, anxious rather lo prevent than to punish crimes, have considered it a