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and the jargon of dissonant notes would be hushed to silence under the general influence of enlightened cultivation. The devotional advantages of such a scene, may, under the blessing of God, be realized, when parents and teachers will consent to make sacred music a necessary branch of Christian education.
Cultivation, however, must not be confined to children and youth. It must be carried religiously into the varie ous classes of adults. The family circle, the weekly lecture, the conference meeting, and the circle for prayer, must, in some way, be made to realize its hallowed influ
Christians need not expect to reap such influences as these, where they have never sowed them.
Such views as the above have influenced the Compilers uniformly, from the commencement of their undertaking. The subjects of divine song have been enlarged, and palpable poetical blemishes have been removed: while the musical hints and references have not been made so me. chanical in their arrangement as to entirely supersede the necessity of personal attention among those who lead in the public service. Emotions form the only proper basis of musical expression; and these are in their own nature incommensurable. General hints, therefore, are all that can be attempted with any prospect of success.
But we must here dismiss the subject, and close our remarks by the explanation of
legato, in close succession.
crescendo, increase of tone.
mastoso, with majesty. P
piano, soft. Pp
pianissimo, very soft. vi vivace, lively. Some of the tunes referred to, having this mark (ex) affixed to them, are, by the power of emphasis, to be sung with varied expression, corresponding with the sentiments found in the Psalm or Hymn.
FIRST PART. C. M.-Dunchurch.
Where sinners love to meet ;
And hates the scoffer's seat:
2 But in the statutes of the Lord
Has placed his chief delight;
And meditates by night.
By living waters set,
Enjoys a peaceful state.
Shall his profession shine;
Like clusters on the vine.
ex 5 Not so the impious and unjust;
What vain designs they form! f Their hopes are blown away like dust,
Or chaff before the storm.
Among the sons of grace,
Appoints his saints their place.
His heart approves it well; f. ex While crooked ways of sinners lead
Down to the gates of hell.
SECOND PART. L. M.-Utbridge. 1.
Way of the righteous and the wicked. vi 1 HAPPY the man whose cautious feet
Shun the broad way that sinners go,
And fears to talk as scoffers do.
Among the statutes of the Lord;
Pleased with the wonders of his word.
Shall flourish in immortal green;
On every work his hands begin.
As chaff before the tempest flies, ff So shall their hopes be blown and lost,
When the last trumpet shakes the skies.
THIRD PART. L. M.-Park-street. 1.
That leads ungodly meň astray ;
Nor with the scorner takes his seat.
That cloud by day, that fire by night,
And guide him through life's wilderness.
A fruitful, fair, unwith'ring tree,
Nor drought, nor frost, nor mildew knows, f 4 Not so the wicked; they are cast
Like chaff upon the whirlwind's blast: ag In judgment they shall quake for dread, Nor with the righteous lift their head.
Montgomery. FOURTH PART. S. M.-Watchman. 1.
Who shuns the sinners' ways,
Nor takes the scorner's place.
2 But makes the law of God
His study and delight,
And watches of the night.
With waters near the root:
His works as heavenly fruit. ex 4 Not so th’ ungodly race,
They no such blessings find; f Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff
Before the driving wind. ag 5 How will they bear to stand
Before that judgment-seat,
In full assembly meet ?
The way the righteous go:
A dreadful overthrow.]
FIRST PART. C. M.-Peterborough.
Fruitless opposition to the reign of Christ. 11 WHY did the nations join to slay
The Lord's anointed Son ?
And tread his gospel down?
Derides their rage below;
Will strike their spirits through. di 3"I call him my eternal Son,
And raise him from the dead;
And wide his kingdom spread.” ex 4 Be wise, ye rulers of the earth,
Obey th' anointed Lord, f Adore the king of heavenly birth, ag
And tremble at his word.