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A

COLLECTION

OF

HYMNS,

BY

JOHN BRADFORD, A.B.

LATE OF WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD,

AND

MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN BIRMINGHAM,

LONDON;

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHORLEI
Sold by MATHEWS, Strand; TERRY, Paternoster sow; and

JORDAN, Fleet-street ; London.
By Lucas, High-strect ; PIERCY, near the Welsh Cross; and af

the Veltry of Bartholomew-Itreet Chapel; Birmingham:
And at the Vestry of the Mecting House at West Bromwich

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entered at Stationers' Hall.

PREFACE.

That singing pfalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, was practised by the primitive Chrisa tians in their assemblies cannot, I think, be well denied: but that which gives this ordinance a higher fanction than can possibly be derived from custom or human authority, is the practice of our Lord himself, who, the fame night on which he was betrayed, after supper, before he went out to the mount of Olives, sang a hymn with his disciples. St. Paul too, writing to the Colossians, says,

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, " in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing

one another in psalms, and hymns, and “ spiritual fongs; singing with grace in your “ hearts to the Lord.” From hence it is plain that finging in the church of Christ is intended for edification and improvement; that, whilst the tongue is employed in founding the praises of the Lord, the heart may be feelingly engaged in an exercise truly spiritual and heavenly.

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