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MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE METHODIST
THE Hymn Book heretofore in use among us was, in our opinion, unsurpassed. But the General Conference of 1848, judging that the volume could be improved by a careful revision, and by judiciously multiplying the number of hymns, appointed a Committee, composed of ministers and laymen, to prepare a Standard Edition of the Methodist Hymn Book.* This Committee, having finished the work assigned them, submitted it to the examination of the Book Committee, and of the Editors of the Book Concern; and having been approved by them, it came before us for a final review. Our examination has been as thorough as the limited time at our disposal allowed. Although we reluctantly part with some of the familiar hymns of
• The Committee were Rey. D. Dailey, Rev. J. B. Alverson, Rev. J. Floy, Rev. D. Patten, jun., Rev. F. Merrick, Mr. R. A West, and Mr. D. Creamer.
the old book, and though, perhaps, in the judgment of some, they have not, in every instance, been substituted by hymns of greater merit, yet we can confidently approve this Revised Copy; and we do, most cordially, recommend it as a greatly improved and standard edition of the Methodist Hymn Book. We congratulate you, brethren, on having now such a Book as, from the number, variety, and adaptation of its nymns, will not require another revision for generations to come.
In presenting to you this Standard Hymn Book, we believe that we are putting into your hands one of the choicest selections of evangelical Hymns for Private Devotion, as well as for Family, Social, and Public Worship. We are gratified also to add, that no mercenary ends are sought in this publication; for after the necessary expenses are met, its avails, if any, will be sacredly devoted to charitable and religious objects, as were the profits of the former edition. We urge you, therefore, by your regard for our Church, and for the authority of the General Conference, to purchase only such Methodist
Hymn Books as are published by our Agents, and have the names of your Bishops.
We exhort you, dear brethren, to sing with the Spirit, and with the understanding also; and we shall rejoice to join you in time and in eternity Your affectionate pastors in Christ,
EDMUND S. JANES. New-York, May, 1849.
Watch-Night and New-Year
INTRODUCTORY TO WORSHIP.
My great Redeemer's praise; The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace. 2 My gracious Master, and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,To spread, through all the earth abroad,
The honours of thy Name. 3 Jesus !—the Name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease; 'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life, and health, and peace.
He sets the pris'ner free;
His blood avail'd for me. 5 He speaks,-and, list’ning to his voice,
New life the dead receive;
believe. 6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosen'd tongues employ; Ye blind, behold
Saviour come; And leap, ye lame, for joy,