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AUTHORIZED BY THE GENERAL SYNOD TO BE USED IN THE
CHURCHES UNDER THEIR CARE
* Let the word of Christ dwoll-in you rit-hig in all-wisdom, teaching and admonishing
-Col iii. 16.
THE NEW YORK
GIOR, LENOX AND
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by Isaac Young, (on behalf of the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church,) in the clerk's office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.
STEREOTYPGD BY JE FAGAN.
Of the Psalms and Hymns used by the Reformed Protestant
It has ever been a principle of the Church that no Psalms nor Hymns may be publicly song in the Reformed Protestant Dutch Churches, but such as are approved and recommended by the General Synod. Previously to the American Revolution, the psalmody of the Church embraced only the psalms in the Dutch language, usually bound up in the Bibles then in common use. The version approved by the Synod was that of Dathenus. In addition to this, the new version of psalms and hymns compiled and adopted in the Netherlands, in the year 1773, was subsequently approved. After the period of the American Revolution, when it was found necessary to introduce English singing, the Rev. Dr. Livingston compiled a book of Psalms and Hymns in the English language, which was published, with the express approbation and recommendation of the General Synod, in the year 1784. This book continued in use in the churches until the year 1812, when, at the instance of the Classis of New York, the Particular Synod of New York referred the rubject relative to the revision of the Psalms and Hymns then in use, to the General Synod. The reference was favourably entertained by the Synod, and they requested the Rev. Pro fessor Livingston to make the selection of Psalms and Hymns, agreeably to the views then expressed, and appointed a committee to whom the same should bo submitted for their examination and approval. At the session of the Synod, held in October, 1813, this committee reported in favour of the selection, and the Synod accordingly adopted it, entered upon their records a minute highly complimentary to the distinguished compiler, and made the necessary arrangements for its publication and introduction into the public worship of the churches.
In the year 1830, the General Synod deemed it expedient that an additional number of hymns should be added to those contained in the book then in use, and accordingly a committee was appointed to make a selection, on a variety of subjects, with a view to constitute a second book of hymns. At the next session of the Synod, this committeo reported a selection of 172 additional hymns, which were approved, ordered to be published as a second book of hymns, and authorised to be used in all the churches. At the instance of the General Synod's Sabbath-School Board, a committee was appointed at the meeting of the Synod, in June 1842, to compile a book for the use of the Sabbath-Schools of the charch. The selection, as reported by the committee, embraced many hymns suitable for social as well as Sabbath-School worship. It was approved by the Synod, in the year 1843, and ordered to be published, under the title of the “Social and Sabbath-School Hymn Book." The Board of Sabbath-School Union being about to publish a second edition of this book, requested, in the year 1845, that the Synod would furnish an additional number of hymns for the purpose of filling up certain blank pages on the last sheet of the work. On considering this request, the Synod resolved, in view of the fact that the Hymns 16w authorized to be used by the churches were comprised in three separate books, and that still additional Hymna pn.catric subjects 'vere needed to refer the whole subject of the Hymn Book to a compitreg, to consiner the importance.o. #new arrangement, and with instructions to repors, such gew Fivmos as would make the soélection more complete. At the meeting of the General Synod in June, 1816, this committee presented their report recommending such new arrang ment, ard at the sarae time submitting a selection of hymns on a variety of subjects, to the purpher of three bundred and forty-two. The hymns thus submitted were approved by the Synol, and the cornmittee were authorised to com plete the work, and prepare the whole fui publicatis..,as speedily as convenient. The Board of Direction were also empowered to carry bac thc necessary arrangements for printing the same. All this tras beca Joae,and the present work is the result of such action. The book thus completed will comparo favourably with the various selections used by the several denoninations of Christians in our land, and it is fervently hoped will prove a happy auxiliary in promoting the devotions, public, social, and private, of the Bremben of our Church
THOMAS M. STRONG,
Stated Clerk of General Synod. New York, June, 1847.