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783 Luch.733 N 532 en 1806
THE Evangelical Lutheran Ministry of this stato having entered a resolution some years ago, That a new edition of the English Lutheran Hymn-book should be procured, and having left the selection of the Hymns to the members of their body residing in the city of New-York : this collection is now offered to the public and public edification of such of our brethren, in religious connection with us as find tho English language a necessary vehicle of assisting and promoting spiritual devotion. The collection has been made by the Reverend Ralph WillisTON, Minister of the English Lutheran Church of this city, and I have examined and read every one of the Hymns now offered, before their being struck off, and can assure my fellow-worshippers, that none is found among them dissonant to our doctrine, of incompatible with the spirit of genuine godliness.
JOHN C. KUNZE, Senior of the Lutheran Clergy in the State
of New York. • New-York, Feb. 20, 1806,
THROUGH the solicitation of the Board of Trustees and Vestry of the English Evangelical Lutheran Zion Church, you are here presented with a choice selection of Evangelical Hymns, suited to private, family, social and public worship. These Hymns are selected from various authors of the first reputation and celebrity. It is not pretended that a Hymn will be found here, adapted to every religious subject, yet it is hoped there will be no i'mportant deficiency. No doctrine, it is believed, will be found in this selection, which is not accord. ant with the doctrines tauglit in our church. A new edition, or a new compilation, became indispensably necessary, there not being a single copy to be had of the former collection: and the obvious deficiency of the former collection, determined us to make a new compilation. Such as the present selection is, it is dedicated to you, as a testimony of affection; exhor. ting you to “ Sing with the spirit, and with the understanding also." May it please Almighty God, to make it a mean of assisting the praise, and promot. ing the edification of his Church.
RALPH WILLISTON. New-York, March, 1806.
Evangelical Hymns, &c.
1. THE BEING AND PERFECTIONS OF
Hymn 1. L. M.
U Th' eternal, unereated mind?
Measure and search his nature out?
And what can mortals know, or tell?
And all the shining worlds on high. 3. God is a King of pow'r unknown,
Firm are the orders of his throne;
Or ask him why, or what he does?
He calms the tempest of the soul;
Who can remove the heavy bar?
The fainting sun grows dim at noon;
Tremble and start at his reproof.
The crooked serpent and the worm;