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J. H.1825

HYMNS

FOR

PRIVATE DEVOTION

FOR THE

SUNDAYS AND SAINTS' DAYS

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

BY

THE REV. SAMUEL RICKARDS, M.A.

CURATE OF ULCOMBE,
AND LATE FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD.

“ Verum de Poetica adhuc levius omnino et humilius, quam ejus dignitas
postulat, existimabimus, nisi eo demum convertamus animos, unde ejus
magnitudo maxime elucet; nisi eam in sacris versantem, et Religioni minis.
trantem contemplemur.”—LOWTH.

LONDON:
J. HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY.

MDCCCXXV.

219

!

Ibotson and Palmer, Printers, Saroy Street, Strand.

PREFACE.

WHOEVER has looked with any degree of attention upon the state of religion in this country, must have observed that among persons who hold and love equally the same truths, there is yet a wide difference in the manner in which they exhibit them to the world. The writer does not allude to any of those uncharitable and odious distinctions, which, instead of clearness, have produced only confusion, and almost every other evil work in the Church of Christ ; but he simply means to say, that of really good and holy men, some recommend piety by the mode in which they show it, and some disfigure it; in the one sort it

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