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NEW COLLECTION OF HYMNS
SOCIAL RELIGIOUS WORSHIP.
BY JOSEPH BANVARD,
PASTOR OF THE HARVARD STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, BOSTON.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1848,
BY JOHN PUTNAM, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
The want of a hymn book adapted to all the purposes of social religious meetings, has for a long time been felt. Many of the books in use are so limited in their contents as to furnish but few appropriate hymns for the various purposes of these social gatherings; while others, which contain a greater variety, are printed in such small type as to render their use quite inconvenient, especially, as is too often the case, when the place of meeting is dimly lighted.
The present volume avoids both of these objections. It contains a copious variety of hymns, adapted to all the regular and the occasional meetings which are held, and is printed in large, open type, so as to be easily read.
Brevity, spirituality and earnestness are the general characteristics of the hymns. It has been a prominent object of the editor to prepare a book, which, besides being appropriate to the ordinary state of the church, should also be adapted to seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; he has, therefore, introduced a considerable number of hymns through which the returning backslider, the weeping penitent, the trembling believer,
the rejoicing convert, and the zealous, praying Christian may give solemn and earnest expression to their various religious emotions.
Special attention has been given to the cause of “Missions," and of “ Sabbath Schools,” by the insertion of a large number of hymns, suitable for use upon these occasions.
Each hymn has the name of an appropriate tune prefixed. The notes of these tunes are inserted at the end of the volume. This addition, it is presumed, will be highly acceptable to those who lead, and to those who unite in singing.
This work, though specially adapted to the use of social conference meetings, is, from the number and variety of its hymns, equally appropriate for public worship. It is believed, therefore, that it will meet the wants of all such churches as may not prefer a more expensive book for the Sabbath.
INDEX OF FIRST LINES.
HYMN . 111 . 290
39 . 108 . 220 . 367
148 . 560
214 . 274
A broken heart, my God, my King .
. 346 . 519 . 216 . 523
58 420 421 436 . 497
10 27 516 377 318 43 63 277
97 . 183
287 . 286
499 . 579
. 159 .. 351
428 • 140