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where it is said, “ they stood at the eaft « end of the altar :" And we are certain that all the congregation of Israel stood at the same time: for it is expressly mentioned. When the royal prophet is encouraging the priests and people in the hea. venly work of praise, he thus addresses. the priests, Psal. cxxxiv. “ Behold, bless “ ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, “ who by night stand in the house of the « Lord : Lift up your hands in the sanc“ tuary and bless the Lord. The Lord « that made heaven and earth bless thee « out of Sion." So again speaking to priests and people, Pfal. cxxxv.« Praise

ye the Lord, praife ye the name of the « Lord, praise him, Oye servants of the

* Lord: Ye that stand in the house of · " the Lord, in the courts of the house of

“ our God, praise ye the Lord, for the
« Lord is good : Sing praises unto his
« name for it is pleasant." Standing to
sing is recommended in those fcriptures,
and was accordingly practised both by
clergy and laity: When they thanked the
Lord morning and evening in the words
of David the man of God, they sung his.
praises standing. It is a decent posture.
People of fashion think it fo: For they
ftand up even in the play-house, at the
Hallelujahs in the oratorio of the Messiah.
Our very good church people think so:

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For if they sit down at the psalm, they are sure to stand up at the gloria patri. It is indeed highly becoming the majesty of the great king of heaven and earth, and it is also expressive of our readiness to join our brethren in praising his holy name. As such I would recommend it. The venerable practice of antiquity has something more to enforce it, than mere propriety : At least it calls upon me to try to keep up an uniformity with the church of Christ in this particular. But if you think otherwise, and prefer sitting, lolling, or any lazy indolent pofture, I will not unchriftian you. We may differ, and not quarrel: Nay, I will not quarrel with you, if you will but let me observe, when I see any person irreverently sitting down, after he has been -called upon to fing to the praise and glory of God, and after a suitable psalm has been given out, it seems to me, as if he. faid-Indeed his behaviour speaks. louder than any words can “ You may

sing, but I wont-I will exercise no * grace-I want no more grace--I have: 6. no melody in my heart, and therefore w I will make none with my mouth“ I'll take myself away while you are “ singing, and I'll sic down to thew that « I have no part with you in this ordipance.. .. . ,

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The abuses here complained of are not to be easily remedied. I know they are not; but I have done my duty. Some of them are of long standing, not foon to be rooted out. Some are the consequences of mere profession, which renders all ordinances ineffectual: for they are only blessed to any one, as he observes them in true faith. Others are not looked upon to be prophanations of the ordinance, but refinements of it; against such I only deliver my sentiments, not from the chair, as a pope; but I beg leave to give my opinion, and if I could, I would do it without offence, If any one be offended, I am sorry for it. : I would not hurt a worm. However, we are all agreed I hope in one thing, and let us improve that. It is our joint desire to please God in singing his praises. If this be pursued, it will tend to reform every abuse relating to this ordinance. His glory should be aimed as with a single eye. When this is the ruling principle, the heart would enter into the service, and then it would foon influence the outward nian. There would be no neglect, no contempt, no misbehaviour, if gratitude to God in Christ inspired our fongs. We thould love to present such praises and in such a manner, as would best express our thankfulness, and we should study to avoid

every thing which would render them unprofitable to ourselves or others, or difhonorable to him. · Let me intreat you, men and brethren, never to forget this point. Set God always before you, whenever you are going. to sing psalms. Do it as in his presence and to his glory. If you think it youri bounden duty to sing with your voices to be heard of one another, take heed that you fing with your hearts unto the Lord. Let it be the service of every faculty, and each exerted to the utmost. Praise your blessed Immanuel with your warmeft gratitude. - Give him the best you have. He richly deserves it.' And remember you thereby pay him nothing again : You only give him his own. Your gratitude is the gift of his grace, and by it you only make acknowlegement of your vast obligations to him. O beg of him then to enable you to praise him with a growing sense of your debt, and of his increasing favors. And may you so praise him, as to find fresh reason to continue your praises from day to day, and for evermore.

Whoever is in this humble happy frame will be kept from a temptation, into which most of our hymn-fingers have fallen. I have heard several of them., who would by no means be thought common rate understandings; object to Sternhold

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and Hopkins. They wonder I would make use of this version, which they think is poor flat stuff, the poetry is miferable, and the language low and base. To which I answer:

1. Such as it is, I find it in use, which is to me at this time of the day a great recommendation. I do not desire to see any innovation in our public worship, This is no favorable season for it. The friends of Christ can expect no good from any change. It is better now to yield to any custom, which is not contrary to scrip

ture, especially if it come to us, .: 2. Under the fanction of antiquity, and be established by venerable authority. I

pay great reverence to the first reformers. •These men of God were raised up for

fingular service in the church. The Lord endued them with wisdom from above, and accompanied their labors with abundant blessings. They were led to put high honor upon the word of God. They made it the only rule of their faith and practice. They read it constantly, preached it faithfully, and sung it joyfully, They shewed their great value for the psalms by bringing them into daily use in the church service. At the reformation they were put into metre in several languages for the benefit of the congregation: And the same was done in England

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