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ymns

FOR

The Wonsehald of Faith,

AND

Lays of the better Lund

“THANKSGIVING AND THE VOICE OF MELODY.

LONDON
WERTHEIM, MACINTOSH, AND HUNT,

24, PATERNOSTER Row,
AND 23, HOLLES STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE.

1861,

1oo. b. 60.

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PREFACE.

THIS Volume is not intended to be a collection of Hymns or Sacred Poetry already well known and popular-such as are in every one's hands, and have become household words in Christian homes; but it is rather a volume of Devotional Poetry, some published now for the first time, and much of it from sources not generally known, brought together to illustrate and adorn some Gospel theme or precious promise, on which the believer loves to dwell. Many new translations of beautiful German hymns of daily life, and several noble Medieval hymns of praise, together with some sweet flowers of native growth, “ things new and old” will be found in these pages—“Songs for all seasons”-suited to the various circumstances of the outer and inner life of the Christian pilgrim ;"a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon,” to refresh him as he journeys through this world's waste to his Father's home of peace and love ; or, to borrow another metaphor from “ the Song of Songs," A garden enclosed full of pleasant fruit, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh, and aloes, with all the chief spices, only waiting the breath of the Beloved to blow upon it, that its perfume may flow out!

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