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SELECTION

OF

PSALMS & HYMNS,

For the Use of the

PARISH CHURCH

OF

PETERBOROUGH.

God is the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with

understanding Ps. xlvii. 7.

Peterborough:

PRINTED AND SOLD BY G. K. CLIFTON,

Narrow Bridge Street.

1830.

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have been made for the use of different Churches in London and elsewhere. Some valuable remarks on this subject may be seen in the Preface to a Selection of Psalms and Hymns, published by Dr. Maltby, for the use of his Church at Buckden, under the sanction of the Bishop of Lincoln: from which work some of the Hymns in this Selection have been taken. « However excellent the design of the Authors fof the Old and New Version of the Psalms) might have been, and however great their success in many instances, yet it must be acknowledged that something appears still wanting to a Christian Congregation; something that in addition to the holy effusions of the Old Testament, may convey that clearer view of God's dispensations, those astonishing hopes and consoling promises, which are supplied by the imspired Penmen of the New. Even under the influence of Prophetic inspiration, David saw, but as thro' a glass, darkly, the saving truths of redemption and sanctification. These truths therefore, taught as they were by our Lord and his Apostles; and illustrated by the great transactions of his life and death, may surely form in a Christian Congregation as fit subjects for devotional melodies, as the events of the Jewish History and precepts of the Mosaic Law suggested to the holy Psalmist. Such a feeling has, of late at least, so generally prevailed, that there are perhaps not many large Congregations in our National Church, where some Version of the Psalms, different from those which are authorized, and some Hymns, founded upon the history and doctrines of the Gospel, have not been admitted."

Under the influence of considerations such as these, the following selection of Psalms and Hymns has been prepared, for the use of the Parish Church of Peterborough; with the earnest desire that it may lead the WHOLE CONGREGATION to join in the delightful and heavenly work of singing praise to God. For as it is well

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