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PSALMS AND HYMNS,
In publick and private.
i SELECTED FROM THE BEST AUTHORS, WITH VARIATIONS
BY JEREMY BELKNAP, D.D.
A NEW EDITION,
WITH ADDITIONAL HYMNS.
PUBLISHED BI' THOMAS WELLI
No. 3 Hangvçr-Street.
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wil:
District Clerk's Office. BE it remembered, that on the fourth day of November, A. D. and in the
1982 thirty-seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America, THOMAS and ANDREWS and WEST and BLAKE, of the said district, have deposited in this office the way title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit :-"Sacred Poetry : consisting of Psalms and Hymns adapted to Christian Devotion, in publick and private. Selected from the best Authors, with variations and additions. 11 By Jeremy Bekiwan D. A mw gdition, with additional Hymns." In conform ty to the
act of the Congress ofoche Untted States, entitled, “ An act for the encouragemen of learning, by secdring
the cepures of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the au. thors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." And also to an Act entitled " Au Aet supplentençary to an Act, entitled,' an Act for the encourage. ment of learning, by securing the copies of Naps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of suck copies, during the othes fherein mentioned,' and extending the bene. fits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”
WILLIAM S. SHAW,
DR. JOHNSON hath observed concerning devotional poetry, that “the sanctity of the matter rejects the ornaments of figurative diction.” Inferior subjects may be heightened by the charms of rhetorick, but this is too sublime to receive any decoration from humnan eloquence; and we often debase it by making the attempt.
Dr. Watts, in one of his hymns, hath said,
• Join all the names of love and power
Yet, such was the imperfection of one of the best of men, that we frequently find in his divine, poems, epithets and allusions taken from “mortal beauties," and applied to the Saviour, with a license disgusting to the spirit of devotion. It has been my aim to avoid these familiarities ; and either to change or omit such epithets and allusions.
The names of the authors from whom this Selection is made, are subjoined to each psalm or bymn; excepting when they are unknown, or have requested concealment. Most of these names are familiar to the readers of poetry; but there is one, to whom I am largely indebted for some of the most elegant of these productions, wbó is but little known in this country, and of whom I conceive the following account will be acceptable to reader.