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APPOINTED TO BE SUNG
IN THE PARISH CHURCH OF
With cheerful notes let all the earth,
To heav'n their voices raise; 1C
Sing solemn hymns of praise.
[ENTERED AT STATIONER'S HALL.]
BESIDES that part in our public Devotions, which properly belongs to the Minister, there is another, which, though it belongs to the whole Congregation, will hardly be performed in a decent & edifying manner without some previous preparation, which is, the singing of Psalms. This divine, and heavenly exercise, the Scripture recommends to us, as one special mean of Edification; and being then in it's greatest Perfection, when it is performed by Christians, in a joint harmony of Heart and Voice, it has ever been accounted a standing part of public devotion, not only in the Jewish, but in the Christian Church. In the Church of England, particularly, whose
Sabbath services are divided into three offi ces, there is the greater need of the intei vention of PSALMODY, that the transition from one service to another, may not be too sudden and abrupt. This Exercise, there. fore, being a part of our public Devotions and very useful, when it is duly and regu larly performed, must not be forgotten while we are considering of proper rule: for decency and edification in the Church especially, as experience shews us, tha where no care is taken in this matter, the performance is too often very defective, ane even shocking to the ear.
To provide for due solemnity in this par of our public Service, as well as the rest, i is much to be wished that a proper SELEC TION OF PSALMS, HYMNS, &c. were used in every Parish; by which means, the Con gregation might be furnished with those which are most proper, and also with a due variety; they will thus, by degrees, be im
planted in the minds of the Congregation, and become familiar to them.
To the end that Psalms and Hymns so chosen, may be sung in a more decent manner, it is also to be wished that the People of every Parish, and especially the Youth, were traind up, and accustomed to an orderly way of singing some of the psalm tunes which are most plain and easy, and of most common use; since that is the most proper season for forming the Voice, as well is the Mind and the Regularity, into which it is then cast with great ease, will remain with them during life, and not only enable them to contribute their part to the decency of this Performance, but even for the sake of thật talent, will incline them to be more constant in attending the public Service of the Church.
The following selection, forms a valuable fund of Sacred Poetry, comprising PSALMS, HYMNS, and ANTHENS; the Melodies