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I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing willi the understanding also. — St. Paul


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BE it reniembfred, that on the fourteenth day of April, A. D. 1821, in the-
forty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Munroe
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the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit :

" The Univcrsalist Hymn-Book : a new collection of Psalms and Hymns for
the use of the Universalist Societies. By Hnsea Ballon and Edward Turntr^

' I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.'

Si. Paut.

In confonrrity 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 lx)oks, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times
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the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of
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JOHN W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.


The compilers of the following Hymns consider it
proper to introduce this result of their labours, to
their brethren and the public generally, with a few
brief observations, explanatory of their objects and of
the motives that induced them to undertake the pres-
ent work. To " sing and make melody with the
heart" and with the voice '' to the Lord," is acknowl-
edged to be a " reasonable service," as it certainly is
a most pleasurable Christian exercise. In this exer -
cise the heart and the voice should be in unison.
The spirit of devotion should he attended with a clear
apprehension of the consistency and truth of the mat-
ter of the song ; otherwise the worsliipper cannot
" sing with the spirit and with the understanding also."
It is likewise highly proper and important, that the
songs, that are sung in a Christian assembly, should
correspond with the doctrine preached for their edifi-
cation ; or, if this cannot be accomplished in all cases
to minute exactness, it is still highly improper to pre-
sent a direct opposition, between the hymns which are
sung, and the discourse delivered, in the same service.

The Ilymn-Books hitherto used in many of our So-
cieties possess many excellences, and contain consid-
erable matter of a character truly evangelical. Such,
in particular, is the Boston Collection. Yet this work,
with some otiiers, which have been in use, appears to
the compilers to be exceptionable, and that in cases of
highly doctrinal importance. The sentiments, that


the Deity required an expiring victim, hy ivay of satis-
faction to his justice ; that the death of Christ opera-
ted to cancel the debt ivhich the sinner owed ; and that
God died upon the cross and rose from the dead ;
these, though undoubtedly believed with sincerity by
those who composed the hymns in which they are
found, lire considered as unsupported by revelation,
and unapproved by reason ; and they are not gene-
UALLY believed in our societies. While selections
have been cheerfully made from the works containing
such sentiments, of hymns which appeared to possess
claims to the devotional attention of Christians, those
of the above description have been carefully omitted.

A large number of the hymns, now used in the Uni-
versalist Societies in Boston, have been retained. Se-
lections have been made from the Philadelphia hymn
book, Watts's, Belknap's, and Emerson's collections,
and the hymns published some years since, at the re-
quest and by tlie direction of the General Convention
of Universiilists. With these selections a small num-
ber of original hymns have been incorporated.

While existing societies, believing in the " common
salvation," are increasing in the number of their mem-
bers, and new communities of the same faith are form-
ing rn variolas sections of the country, and possessing
the privilege of Divine worship, a hope is entertained,
that this compilation will contribute to aid, strengthen,
and animate the spirit of pure devotion. With this
hope, the compilers commend the succeeding pages
to the blessingof heaven, and to the patronage of their

Boston, April 14, 1821.


HYMN 1. L. M.

Praise for Pro\'idence. Mat. v. 45. Acts xiv. 17. Psalm cxlv. 16.

THY ways, O Lord, with wise design,
Are fram'd upon thy throne above,
And every dark or bending line
Meets in the centre of thy love.

With feeble light, and half obscure,
Poor mortals thine arrangements view,
Not knowing that the least are sure.
And the mysterious just and true.

Thy flock, thine own peculiar care,
Though now they seem to roam uney'd,
Are led or driven only where
They best and safest may abide.

They neither know, nor trace the way ;
But, trusting to thy piercing eye.
None of their feet to ruin stray.
Nor shall the weakest fail or die.

My favour'd soul shall meekly learn

To lay her reason at thy throne ;

Too weak thy secrets to discern,

I'll trust thee for my guide alone. Rippon's Coll.


HYMN 2. C. M.

The Excellence of Scripture. Tim. iii. 16. Rom. xv. 4.

FATHER of mercies, in thy word
What endless glory shines !
For ever be thy name ador'd
For these celestial lines.

2 Here may the wretched sons of want

Exhaustless riches tind ;
Riches above what earth can grant,
And lasting a.s the mind.

3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,

And yields a free repast ;
Sublimor sweets than nature knows.
Invite the longing taste.

4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice

Spreads heavenly ])eacc around ;
Ai)(l life and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.

5 O may thege heavenly pages be

My ever dear delight ;
And still new beauties may I see,
And still increasing light.

Divine Instructer, gracious Lord !
Be thou for ever near ;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,

And view my Saviour there. Mrs. Steele.

HYMN 3. C. M.

Praise for the Gospel. Ps. xcvi. 1. Luke iii. 5, 6.

TO our almighty Maker, God,
New honours be address'd ;
His great salvation shines abroad,
Atid makes the nations blest.


2 He spake the word to Abr'am first,

His truth fulfils his grace ;
The Gentiles make his name their trust,
And learn his righteousness.

3 Let the whole earth his love proclaim.

With all her diff 'rent tongues :
And spread the honours of his name

In melody and songs. Watts.

HYMN 4. L. M.

First and Second Adam. Rom. v. 14. 1 Cor. xv. 21, 22.

LORD, what was man when made at first
Adam, the offspring of the dust,
That thou should'st set him and his race
But just below an angel's place?

2 That thou should'st raise his nature so,
And make him Lord of all below ;
Make ev'ry beast and bird submit,
And lay the fishes at his feet?

3 But, O ! what brighter glories wait
To crown the second Adam's state !
What honours shall thy Son adorn,
Who condescended to be born !

4 See him below his angels made:
See him in dust among the dead.
To save a ruin'd world from sin ;
But he shall reign, with pow'r divine.

5 The world to come, redeemed from all
The miseries that attend the fall,
New made and glorious, shall submit

At OUT exalted Saviour's feet. Watts.


HYMN 5. L. M.

Christ and the Church. Psa. xlviii. 10. xlvii.9. c. 4, 5.

THE King of saints, how fair his face,
Adorn'd with majesty and grace !
He comes with blessings from above,
And wins the nations to his love.

2 At his right hand, our eyes behold
The queen array'd in purest gold ;
The world admires her heav'nly dress,
Her robe of joy and righteousness.

3 He forms her beauties like his own,
He calls and seats her near his throne ;
Fair vStranger, let thine heart forget
The idols of thy native state.

4 So shall the King the more rejoice
In thee, the fav'rite of his choice ;
Let him be lov'd, and yet ador'd,
For he's thy Maker and thy Lord.

5 O happy hour, when thou shalt rise
To his fair palace in the skies!
And all thy sons (a num'rous train)
Each like a prince in glory reign.

6 Let endless honours crown his head ;
Let every age his praises spread ;
While we with cheerful songs approve

The condescension of his love. Watts.

HYMN 6. Eights and Sevens Metre.

Consolations of Israel. Ifa. xlix. 13. xl. 1, 2. Luke ii. 25,26.

COME, thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free ;
From our fears and sins release us.
Let us find our rest in Thee.


2 Israel's strength and consolation,

Hope of all the saints thou art ;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

3 Born thy people to deliver ;

Born a child, and yet a king :
Born to reign in us for ever.

Now thy gracious kingdom bring :

4 By thine own eternal spirit.

Rule in all our hearts alone ;
By thine all-sufficient merit,

Raise us to thy glorious throne. Hart.

HYMN 7. C. M.

Desire of all Nations. Hag. ii. 7. Job 14, 15. Isa. xxvi. 8.

INFINITE excellence is thine,
Thou lovely Prince of Grace ;
Thine uncreated beauties shine
With never-fading rays.

2 Sinners, from earth's remotest end,

Come bending at thy feet ;
To Thee their pray'rs and vows ascend,
In Thee their wishes meet.

3 Thy name, as precious ointment shed.

Delights the church around ;
Sweetly the sacred odour's spread
Through all Immanuel's ground.

4 Millions of happy spirits live

On thine exhaustless store;
From Thee they all their bliss receive,
And still Thou givest more.

5 Thou art their triumph, and their joy ;

They find tlioir all in Thee :
Thy glories will their tongues employ

'J'liri)iiifh all ctoniitv. Rippon's Coll.


HYMN 8. L. M.

Universal Praise. Ps. Ixvi. 4. Rev. v. 13.

ROM all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator's praise arise


Let the Redeemer's name be sung
Through ev'ry land, by ev'ry tongue.

2 Eternal are thy mercies, Lord ;
Eternal truth attends thy word ;
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise to set no more. Watts.

HYMN 9. C. M.

Fountain opened. Zee. xiii. 1. Ps. xxxvi. 9. Isa. xii. 18.

THERE is a fountain fill'd with blood.
Drawn from Immanuel's veins;
And sinners, plung'd beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

2 The dying thief rejoic'd to see

That fountain in his day ;
O may I there, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away !

3 Dear, dying Lamb, thy precious blood

Shall never lose its power.
Till all the ransom'd church of God
Be sav'd, to sin no more.

4 E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream,

Thy flowing wounds supply.
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

5 But when this lisping, stamm'ring tongue

Lies silent in the grave.
Then, in a nobler, sweeter song,

I'll sing thy pow'r to save. Cowper.


HYMN 10. L. M.

King of Nations. Pa. Ixvii 6, 7. Ixxii. 10— 14.

JESUS shall reign where'er the sun,
Does his successive journies run ;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

2 [Behold the islands with their kings.
And Europe her best tribute brings ;
From north to south the princes meet.
To pay their homage at his feet.

3 There Persia, glorious to behold,
There India shines in eastern gold ;
And barb'rous nations at his word
Submit, and bow, and own their Lord.]

4 For him shall endless pray'r be made.
And praises throng to crown his head ;
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With ev'ry morning sacrifice.

5 People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on his love with sweetest song :
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on his name.

6 Blessings abound where'er he reigns.
The pris'ner leaps to loose his chains ;
The weary find eternal rest,

And all the sons of want are blest,

7 Where he displays his healing power,
Death and the curse are known no more ;
In him the tribes of Adam boast

More blessings than their father lost.

8 Let ev'ry creature rise and bring
Peculiar honours to their King ;
Angels descend with songs again,

And earth repeat the long Aiuen. Watts,


HYMN 11. L. M.

Rail! of Heaven. Ps. Ixxii, G. Isa. \v. 10, II.

AS show'rs on meadows newly mown,
Jesus shall shed his blessings "down ;
Crown'd with whose life-infusing drops,
Earth shall renew her blissful crops.

2 Lands that, beneath a burning sky,
Have long been desolate and dry,
Th' effusions of his love shall share.
And sudden greens and herbage wear.

3 The dews and rains, in all their store.
Drenching the pastures o'er and o'er.
Are not so copious as that grace
Which sanctifying saves our race.

4 As, in soft silence vernal show'rs
Descend, and cheer the fainting flow'rs ;
So, in the secrecy of love.

Falls the sweet influence from above.

5 That heavenly influence let me find
In holy silence of the mind.

While ev'ry grace maintains its bloom.
Diffusing wide its rich perfume.

6 Nor let these blessings be confin'd
To me, but pour'd on all mankind.
Till earth's wide wastes in verdure rise.

And a young Eden bless our eyes. Rippon's Coll.

HYMN 12. S. M.

Salvation, Righteousness and Strength. Isa.x\\x.6. lix. 16, 17. xxvi. 4.
Ps. l.xxi. 15, 16.

I HE Lord on high proclaims
His godhead from his throne ;
" Mercy and justice are the names

By which I will be known. • ^^

" Ye dying souls, that sit Bh

In darkness and distress,
Look from the borders of the pit
To my recov'ring grace."



3 Sinners shall hear the sound ;

Their thankful tongues shall own
Our righteousness and strength is found
In thee, O Lord, alone.

4 In thee shall Israel trust,

And see their guilt forgiv'n ;
God will pronounce the sinners just,

And take the saints to heav'n. Watts.

HYMN 13. C. M.

Offices of Christ prophetically described. Isa. xxix. 18, 24. xl. 4o.

HARK the glad sound ! the Saviour comes,
The Saviour promis'd long !
Let ev'ry heart prepare a throne.
And ev'ry voice a song.

2 On him the spirit, largely pourM,

Exerts its sacred fire :
Wisdom and might, and zeal and love.
His holy breast inspire.

3 He comes, the pris'ners to release,

In Satan's bondage held :
The gates of brass before him burst.
The iron fetters yield,

4 He comes, from thickest films of vice

To clear the mental ray ;
And on the eye, oppress'd with night.
To pour celestial day.

5 He comes, the broken heart to bind,

The bleeding soul to cure ;
And with the treasures of his grace,
T' enrich the humble poor.

fi Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim ;

And Ileavcn's eternal arches ring

With thy beloved name. RirroN's Coll.


HYMN 14. C. M.

The Song of Angels. Luke ii. 10, 11, 13, 14.

WHILE shepherds watch'd their flocks by night.
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down^
And glory shone around.

2 "Fear not," said he, (for mighty dread

Had seiz'd their troubled mind;)
" Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

3 To you, in David's town, this day

Is born of David's line,
A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord !
And this shall be the sign :

4 The heavenly Babe you there shall find,

To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapt in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid."

5 Thus spake the Seraph, and forthwith

Appear'd a shining throng
Of Angels, praising God, who thus
Address'd their joyful song :

6 " All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace ;
Good will, henceforth, from heaven to men

Begin, and never cease." Episcopal Psalm.

HYMN 15. Eight, Eight, and Six Metre.

Immanuel is born. Luke i. 68, 69, 70.

ARISE, and hail the happy day ;
Cast all low cares of life away.
And thought of meaner things ;
This day to cure our deadly woes,
The Sun of Righteousness arose,
With healing in his wings.

HYaiNS. 15

If angels, on that happy morn
The Saviour of the world was born,

Pour'd forth their joyful songs ;
Much more should we of human race
Adore the wonders of his grace

To whom that grace belongs.

O then let heaven and earth rejoice,
Let ev'ry creature join his voice,

To hymn the happy day,
When Satan's empire vanquish'd fell,
And all the powers of death and hell

Confess'd his sov'reign sway.

Howard's Coll.

HYMN 16. C. M.

Praise. Ps. xxix. 2. xxiv. 1, Ixvii. 5.

JOY to the world ! the Lord is come ;
Let earth receive her King :
Let every heart prepare him room.
And Heaven and nature sing.

2 Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns ;

Let men their songs employ ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy.

3 No more let sins and sorrows grow.

Nor thorns infest the ground ;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.

4 He rules the world with truth and grace.

And makes the nations j)rove
The glories of his righteousness,

And W()nd(!rs of his love. Watts.


HYMN 17. Sevens Metre.

Jesus glorified. Acts i. 10, 11. HtL *. 5.

HAIL the day that saw him rise,
Ravish'd from ourwishful eyes!
Christ, awhile to mortals giv'n,
Reascends his native heav'n !
There the pompous triumph waits,
Lift your heads, eternal gates !
Wide unfold the radiant scene,
Take the King of glory in !

2 Him, though highest heav'n receives,
Still he loves the earth he leaves ;
Though returning to his throne.
Still he calls mankind his own :
Still for us he intercedes,
Prevalent his death he pleads ;
Next himself prepares our place.
Harbinger of human race.

3 Master, (may we ever say)
Taken from our head to-day,
See thy faithful servant, see^
Ever gazing up to thee !

Grant, though parted from our sight,
High above yon azure height,
Grant our hearts may thither rise^
FoH'wing thee beyond the skies.

4 Ever upward let us move.
Wafted on the wings of love ;
Looking when our Lord shall come,
Longing, gasping after home ;
There we shall with thee remain
Partners of thine endless reign ;
There thy face unclouded see,
Find our heav'n of heav'n in thee.

Wesley's ColL


HYMN 18. Sevens Metre.

Lift up your heads, ye everlasting doors. Ps. xxiv. 7 — 10.

ANGELS, roll the rock away !
Death yield up thy mighty prey !
See ! he rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom. Hallelujah.

2 'Tis the Saviour ! angels, raise
Fame's eternal trump of praise;
Let the earth's remotest bound

Hear the joy-inspiring sound. Hallelujah.

3 Now, ye saints, lift up your eyes,
Now to glory see him rise,

In long triumph up the sky,

Up to waiting worlds on high. Hallelujah

4 Heaven displays her portals wide ;
Glorious Jesus, through them ride ;
King of glory, mount thy throne.

Thy great Father's and thine own. Hallelujah.

5 Praise him, all ye heav'nly choirs,
Praise and sweep your golden lyres ;
Shout, O earth, in rapt'rous song !

Let the strains be sweet and strong. Hallelujah.

6 Ev'ry note with wonder swell,
Sin o'erthrown, and captiv'd hell :
Where is hell's once dreaded king?

Where, O death, thy mortal sting? Hallelujah.

Rippon's Coll.

HYMN 19. L. M.

Jesus exalted as a Prinrn and Savioiir. Acts vi. 31. Isa. Ixxxix. 27.

Hcb. ii. 8.

EXALTED Prince of life, we own
The royal honours of thy throne ;
*Tis fix'd by God's almighty hand,
And seraphs bow at thy command


2 Exalted Saviour, we confess

The sov'reign triumphs of thy grace ;
Where beams of gentle radiance shine,
And temper majesty divine.
. 3 Wide thy resistless sceptre sway.
Till all thine enemies obey :
Wide may thy cross its virtue prove,
And conquer millions by its love.
4 Mighty to vanquish, and forgive !
Thine Israel shall repent and live ;
And loud proclaim thy healing breath,
Which works their life, who wrought thy death.

HYMN 20. L. M.

The Triumphs of tlie Exalted. Ps. xc. 1—4.

rriHUS the eternal Father spake
-I- To Christ the Son : "Ascend and sit
At my right hand, till 1 shall make
Thy foes submissive at thy feet.

2 From Zion shall thy word proceed ;
Thy word, the sceptre in thy hand,
Shall make the hearts of rebels bleed.
And bow their wills to thy command.

3 That day shall show thy power is great,
When saints shall flock with willing minds,
And sinners crowd thy temple gate.
Where holiness in beauty shines."

4 O blessed pow'r ! O glorious day !
What a large vict'ry shall ensue !
And converts, who thy grace obey.

Exceed the drops of morning dew. Watts.

HYMN 21. C. M.

The privilege of Public Worship. Ps. cxxxii,

THE Lord in Zion plac'd his name.
His ark was settled there ;
To Zion the whole nation came
To worship thrice a year.


2 But we have no such lengths to go,

Nor wander far abroad ;
Where'er thy saints assemble now,
There is a house for God.

3 Here, mighty God ! accept our vows.

Here let thy praise be spread ;
Bless the provisions of thy house.
And fill thy poor with bread.

4 Here let the son of David reign ;

Let God's anointed shine ;
Justice and truth his court maintain,

With love and power divine. Watts.

HYMN 22. C. M.

Asking the Way to Zion. Jei'. i. 5,

INQUIRE, ye pilgrims, for the way,
That leads to Zion's hill ;
And thither set your steady face,
With a determin'd will.

2 Invite the strangers all around.

Your pious march to join ;
And spread the sentiments you feel
Of faith and love divine.

3 Come, let us to his temple haste,

And seek his fiivour there ;
Before his footstool humbly bow,
And pour our fervent prayer.

4 Come, let us join our souls to God,

In everlasting bands ;
And seize the blessings he bestows
With eager hearts and hands.

5 Come, let us seal, without delay.

The covenant of his grace ;
Nor shall the years of distant life
Its memory efface.


6 Thus may our rising offspring haste

To see their fathers' God ;
Nor e'er forsake the happy path

Their youthful feet have trod. Doddridge.

HYMN 23. C. M.

Attendance on Divine Worship. Ps. cxxii.

HOW did my heart rejoice to hear
My friends devoutly say,
In God's own house let us appear,
And keep the solemn day.

2 My soul shall pray for Zion still

While life or breath remains;
There my best friends, my kindred dwell.
There God my saviour reigns.

3 Peace be within this sacred place.

And joy a constant guest !
With holy gifts and heavenly grace

Be her attendants blest ! Watts.

HYMN 24. L. M.

The church the garden of God. Ps. xcii. 12, &c.

LORD ! 'tis a pleasant thing to stand
In gardens planted by thy hand ;
Let me within thy courts be sjeen,
Like a young cedar, fresh and green. ^

2 There grow thy saints in faith and love,
Blest with thine influence from above ;
Not Lebanon, with all its trees,
Yields such a comely sight as these.

3 The plants of grace shall ever live ;
Nature decays, but grace must thrive ;
Time, that doth all things else impair.
Still makes them flourish strong and fair.

4 Laden with fruits of age, they show
The Lord is holy, just, and true ;
None that attend his courts shall find

A God unfaithful or unkind. Watts.


HYMJV 25. L. M.

Acceptable Worship.

COME ! pay the worship God requires,
Iriflam'd vvitli pure and holy fires ;
When love celestial warms the breast,
Our homage, and our vows, are blest.

2 When piety, and truth refin'd,
Possess the temple of the mind.
With grateful flames the altars glow,
And God will visit man below. Boyse.

HYMN 26. C. M.

The same subject.

WHEREWITPI shall I approach the Lord,
And bow before his throne ?
Oh ! how procure his kind regard.
And for my guilt atone?

2 Shall altars flame, and victims bleed.

And spicy fumes ascend ?
Will these my earnest wish succeed,
And make my God my friend ?

3 O no, my soul ; 'twCre fruitless all ;

Such offerings are vain :
No fatlings from the field or stall
Ilis favour can obtain.

4 To men their ritrhts I must allow.

And proofs of kindness give ;
To God witii huiiil)l(> rev'rence bow.
And to Ilis glory live.

5 Hands tliat are clean, and hearts sincere,

If(; never will desj)ise ;
And clieerful duty he'll prefer

To costly sacrifice. Brown.


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