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4 Charles Wesley ; names that will ever be held dear and in high estimation by every lover of sacred poetry
The following hymns, arranged under their appropriate heads, were submitted to our General Conference, approved by that body, and orderol for publication.
In presenting this revised Hymnbook to you for your use, we humbly trust that we are putting into your hands one of the choicest selections of evangelical hymns, suitable for private devotion, as well as for family, social, and public worship, by which you will be much aided in the performance of these important parts of divine service.
We are the more delighted with this design as no personal advantage is concerned, but the public good alone. For after the necessary expenses of publication are discharged, we shall make it a noble charity, by applying the profits arising therefrom to religious and charitable purposes.
No motive of a sinister nature has therefore influenced us in any degree to publish this excellent compilation. As the profits of the former editions have been scrupulously applied as above, so the same appropriation of the profits of the present shall be conscientiously observed. We must therefore earnestly entreat you, if you have any respect for the authority of the conference, or of us, or any regard for the prosperity of the
5 Church of which you are members and friends, to purchase no Hymnbooks but what are published by our own agents, and signed with the names of your bishops. And as we intend to keep a constant supply, the complaint of our congregations, “that they cannot procure our Hymnbooks,” will be stopped.
We exhort you to sing with the spirit and with the understanding also : and thus may the high praises of God be sent up from east to west, from north to south ; and we shall be happily instrumental in leading the devotion of thousands, and shall rejoice to join you in time and eternity.
We are, dear brethren,
Your faithful pastors in Christ,
NOTICE. In this improved edition of the Methodist Hymnbook, the tunes adapted to the hymns, as contained in the Methodist Harmonist, are named at the head of each hymn, together with the page of the Harmonist at which the tune may be found. The page of the Harmonist is signified by the letter “p." following the name of the tune. The hymns are numbered as heretofore, but the word hymn is left out.
CAUTION. All persons desirous of possessing the true revised and improved official edition of the Methodist Hymnbook, with the Supplemeni are advised to be careful to examine the imprint, and to purchase those only published by cur General Book Agents, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, or by the Agents at Cincinnati.
COLLECTION OF HYMNS.
AWAKENING AND INVITING.
1 Majesty-p. 49.] C. M.
My great Redeemer's praise !
The triumphs of his grace!
Assist me to proclaim,
The honours of thy name.
That bids our sorrows cease;
He sets the pris'ner free ;
His blood avail'd for me.
New life the dead receive ;
The humble poor believe.
6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosen'd tongues employ ;
Your God, ye fallen race ;
Be justified by grace.
The Lamb of God was slain ; His soul was once an off’ring made
For every soul of man. 3 Awake from guilty nature's sleep,
And Christ shall give you light, Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Ethiop white. 4 With me, your chief, ye then shall know,
Shall feel, your sins forgiven ; Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven. 2 Calvary—p. 237.] 8th P. M. 87, 87, 47.
Weak and wounded, sick and sore,
He is able,
God's free bounty glorify;