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Psalms and Hymns,
Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others.
ADAPTED TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVOTION.
The Use and Benefit of Christians of all Denominations.
BY ABNER KNEELAND,
PASTOR OF A CHURCH OF CHRIST IN PHILADELPHIA.
"O praise the Lord, all ye people-for his mercy endureth for ever."
Printed for the Publisher, by Clark & Raser
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-first day of April, in the forty-third year of the independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1819, the Reverend Abner Kneeland, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
"The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of Sacred Poetry, consisting of Psalms and Hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others. Adapted to public and private devotion. Compiled for the use and benefit of Christians of all denominations. By Abner Kneeland, pastor of a church of Christ in Philadelphia. O praise the Lord, all ye people-for his mercy endureth for ever.' DAVID."
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."-And also to the Act, entitled, "An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
IT has long been the desire of the compiler of the present work, (particularly of the Appendix,) to see a Hymn Book which might equally answer for all denominations of Christians, without being particularly objectionable to any.
The work which he has adopted, as the basis of the present, comes the nearest to answering that purpose of any which he has seen; and with the additions which have been made, he thinks, cannot fail of giving general satisfaction.
He takes this opportunity, therefore, of returning his grateful acknowledgements to the individuals who have so politely favoured him with the fruits of their labours, and of which he has availed himself in the present undertaking.
As the names of the authors, so far as they were known, are affixed to their respective compositions; it is proper to mention that alterations have been made in several of the psalms and hymns, as well by former compilers, from whom many of them were transcribed, as by the present compiler; who is therefore unable to designate all the pieces that have been altered.
It has been the object to make such a selection as may be acceptable to Christian professors in general; to accomplish which the present compiler has added his endeavour to those who have preceded him in this undertaking; and concerning what he has added he will only say, if it has, in the opinion of his brethren, improved the work in question, it will be the wish and reward of the Publisher.