Isaac Watts.

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Late Pastor of the Tabernacle Church, Salem, Mass.

7$ e to Htiftfott.



Professor of Rhetoric in Amherst College, Mass.

All things must be fulfilled which are written in the—
PSALMS concerning me LUKE xxiv. 44.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy, &c. fia
thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us, &C...REV v. 9.




atered according to Act of Congress, in thi
1834, by Zervia Worcester, in the Clerk'
e of the District Court of Massachusetts.

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a — Very slow.
e — Slow.

a — Very soft.
e— Soft

p — Slow and so£
g — Swow and Kid

o — Quick.

u — Very quick.

o — Loud.

u — Very loud.

b — Q,uick and soft,
s — Quick and loud,
d — Variously distinctive,



Among the eminent public services of the late
Dr. Worcester, his labors to improve the influence
of our "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,"
were not the least in importance. His " Chris-
tian Psalmody," first published in 1815, was very
favourably received ; although it was obliged to
contend with serious objections from those who
prefer to have Watts unabridged and unaltered.

The " Selection of Hymns from other Authors"
was evidently made with his characteristic dis-
crimination of judgment and refinement of taste.
The " Key of Expression" gave the whole work
a peculiarity and a value, which have been justly

So strong, however, was the predilection of
the community for Watts entire, that Dr. Worces-
ter was induced to edit the work, which has since
been extensively known as " Watts and Select
Hymns." To this work a liberal patronage has
been afforded. It has been introduced into very
many of our churches, and holds a high place in
public estimation. Spurious editions of it having
lately appeared, and the materials for an improved
selection of hymns having greatly increased, p
new edition has been strongly urged by many
gentlemen, whose judgment is entitled to respect-
ful consideration.

A new edition of " Watts and Select Hymns"
is therefore now offered to the public. The Se-
lection has been enlarged by the addition of 240
hymns and 30 " Occasional Pieces." The whole
number of " Select Hymns" is now 474. The
hymns selected by the" present Editor are num-
bered in continuation of those in the former edi-
tions, and commence with " Hymn 237," p. 655
For the convenience of the numerous churches
in which the former editions are used, it has beeo


thought best to add the new hymns, rather than
destroy the existing arrangement, by making a
classification of the whole. If such a classifica-
tion had been made, it is obvious that the new
edition could not be used in connection with any
of the previous editions.

The evil which arises from the heterogeneous
arrangement of the Psalms and Hymns in all the
common editions of Watts, has long been very
seriously feit. To diminish it as much as possi-
ble, without making a new book, — very special
attention has noio been given, to the " Index of Sub-
jects." The Editor will be much disappointed,
if it shall not appear that he has greatly improved
the work in tins particular. The references
throughout are made to pages, and will bear ex-
amination in respect to general accuracy and pre-
cision. There is also but one " Table of First
Lines ;" and each line is referred to the page upon
which the corresponding psalm or hymn may be

In enlarging the Selection, the Editor has aimed
to increase the variety of good hymns, which are
more directly suited to the circumstances of the
times, and are also likely to be of permanent
value! It was, however, impossible for him to
obtain hymns of nigh character, for all the special
occasions, which the diversified movements of
the age have called into existence. He has en-
deavoured to pass by productions which are merely
ephemeral ; so that Jie new Select Hymns may
more nearly correspond with those, which have
received the seal of public approbation. High
authority could be given to confirm his decision,
in regard to almost every hymn, which has been
added. Want of room compelled him to omit
many hymns, which otherwise would have had a
place in the Selection. — This edition will be found
to be specially enriched with hymns, which relate to
the life and glory of Christ, — the alarming condition
of the unconverted, — the feelings of the convicted and
the penitent, — the diversities of Christian experience,
— the benevolent operations of the church, — the insti~
tutions and ordinances of the gospel, — to times and
seasons, — more particularly, the solemn periods of
sickness and death, eternity and judgment.


Very seldom has the Editor allowed himself to
make any alteration in the phraseology of the
hymns. In almost every instance of material
change, an intimation is given of the fact — as on
p. 676.

The designation of tunes, and the application
of the " Key of Expression" to the new Select
Hymns, have, witli a few exceptions, been madp
by an experienced teacher of sacred music.

For the information of those who are not ac-
quainted with " Christian Psalmody," it may not
be irrelevant to state that the psalms and hymns
of Watts, which are enclosed in brackets, are so
marked, to indicate that they were, for some rea-
son, omitted in that work.

In regard to other points worthy of considera-
tion, the Editor avails himself of the Preface to
the former editions.

" The effect of public psalmody is often exceed-
ingly marred by a psalm or hymn being sung to
an ill-adapted tune. The leaders of singing choirs
are not always persons of good taste and judg-
ment ; and the best qualified leader cannot al-
ways, at the moment, so fully possess himself of
the" sentiments of the portion given out, as im-
mediately to recur to a tune well suited to ex-
press them. It might, therefore, it was thought,
be highly useful to sit down at leisure, and refer
each psalm and hymn, not merely to a proper
key, but to a suitable tune.

" The grand defect of our public psalmody, in
general, is the want of proper expression. Should
a preacher deliver a sermon in an unanimated,
monotonous manner, not. varying the movement,
or quantity, or tone of voice, nor even observ-
ing the pauses — be his sermon ever so good, or
his pronunciation ever so exact — his hearers
might sleep, and his labor be lost. So the best
psalm may be sung to the best tune, and every
note, in the several parts, be sounded with the
utmost exactness, and yet the performance have
little interest or effect. That performance of
psalmody, and that only, is entitled to be called
good, in which the movement, quantity, and tone
of voice, are well adapted to the general subject,


and so varied as justly to express the different
thoughts, sentiments, and passions. This, it is
confessed, is an attainment of no small difficulty ;
and requires no ordinary degree of judgment and
taste, attention and practice. Its importance,
however, demands that every thing which can be
done in aid of it, should be done. To assist
singers extensively, in this essential, but neg-
lected part of good psalmody, no method appeared
more eligible, than that of so marking the psalms
and hymns by means of certain symbols, as to
indicate, as correctly as possible, the requisite
variations of movement, quantity, and tone of

" In assigning particular tunes for the several
psalms and hymns, regard has been had, not merely
to the different key, but also to the peculiar air
and character of each tune, and its appropriate
adaptation to the psalm or hymn for which it is
assigned. If, therefore, in any instance, the lead-
er of the choir, for some particular reason, think
it not best to sing the tune, or either of the tunes
referred to ; still the reference may be of use, as
a direction to the sort of tune suitable to be

" Of the several parts of this undertaking, that
of marking the psalms and hymns with reference to
ezpre-.'sion, was not the least difficult. To indi-
cate, indeed, all the variations, which a skilful
and well-practised performer would observe,
were impracticable ; to designate some of the
principal of them only, is what has been at-
tempted, The method adopted for this purpose
is simple, and easy to be understood.

" The movement is divided into five degrees,
which are supposed to be indicated by five vowels,
in Roman letter : viz. a — very slow ; e — slow ; i
—common; o — quick; u — very quick : but in the
actual marking, the i is omitted ; as it was deemed
unnecessary for passages requiring only the com-
mon movement to be marked. — The quantity of
voice is also divided into five degrees, which, in
like manner, are indicated by the same vowels
in Italic letter : viz. a — very soft ; e — soft ; i —
common, but omitted in the marking; o — lou J ;
u —very loud.


" In some passages a variation is required both
of movement and quantity. The Pathetic in gen •
eral, and some other kinds of sentiment, require
the slow and soft; this expression is denoted
by the letter p. The Grand requires the slow and
loud ; this expression is denoted by the letter g.
The Beautiful requires the quick and soft ; this
expression is denoted by the letter b. The Spirited
requires the quick and loud ; this expression ia
denoted by the letter s.

"■ Some passages require not any considerable
change from the common, either in movement, or
quantity ; but either a peculiar distinctness of ut-
terance, or some peculiar distinction in the tone
or modulation of voice. This expression, or
rather these varieties of expression, are denoted
by the letter d. This symbol is, indeed, not so
much to indicate the particular manner of per-
formance, as to arrest attention, and notify that
some peculiar manner is required. Where it ia
applied, however, whether to passages marked
as quotations, or to such as express abhorrence,
scorn, indignation, or any other passion or feel-
ing, the judicious performer will, in general,
readily perceive the requisite expression.

" If a psalm or hymn begins without any sym-
bol of expression, it. is to be considered as com-
mon, until some symbol is applied. When any
symbol is applied, that is to be considered as be-
ing continued, until some other occurs. The
short dash ( — )' after any other symbol, denotes
the passage to be in all respects common.

" The general character of each psalm or hymn,
as before intimated, is intended lobe designated
by the tune, or tunes, to which it is referred ; and
in applyingthesymbols of expression, each passage
of the psalm or hymn has been considered rela-
tively to the prevailing character of the whole,
and to the bearings of the several passages.
Hence, some passages are marked differently from
what they would have been, had the psalm or
hymn to which they belong, been of a different
prevailing character, or the passages with whici
they stand connected, required different kinds of

" In the Punctuation, regard has been had to


musical expression. In some instances, there-
tore, different points or "pauses are inserted, from
what would have been used, had the grammatical
construction, only, been regarded. The dash is
intended to denote an expressive suspension. In
order to good expression, a distinct and judicious
observance of the pauses, is absolutely necessary.

" In reference to persons, the relative who is
preferred to that, because it is better for musical
sound. For the same reason, in reference to
things, that is preferred to ichich."

" It only remains for the Compiler and Editor
humbly to commend the work, in its several parts
and forms, to the candour of the religious public
— with the devout hope, that it will promote their
improvement and delight in the high praises of
GOD ; and above all, to the favour of HIM, who
is ' fearful in praises,' and whose approbation is
the highest meed — with the fervent prayer, that,
under his gracious blessing, it may contribute to
the advancement of his great salvation, and to
the glory of his adorable NAME."

To these sentiments of a revered and beloved
parent, I would humbly and cordially subscribe.


Amherst College, Jan 20, 1834.



ACCORDING to.. 664
A charge to keep I 705
Adore and tremble. 311
Alas! and did my. 379
Alas ! what hourly 542
All glory to the...'. 493
A.i hail the power. 521
All mortal vanities 304
All ye who feel.... 689
All ye who love the 287

Almighty Ruler 63

Although the vine* 565

Am I a soldier 563

Amidst thy wrath.. 110
Among th' assem.. 174
Among the princes 179

And are we 43S

And is the gospel.. 513
And let this feeble. 644
And must this body 441
And now the scales 423
And will the God.. 174
And will the great. 594
Angels! from the.. 658
Angels, roll the.... 520
Are all the foes of. 135
Are sinners now so 70
Arise, my gracious. 75

Arise, my soul 424

Arm of the Lord... 618

As birds their 616

Asleep in Jesus,. . . 759

As new-born babes
Assembled at thy..
At every motion of
Attend, my soul...
Attend while God's
At thy command. .
Awake, and sing..
Awake, awake,...
Awake, my heart..
Awake, my soul.. .
Awake, our souls ..
Awake, ye saints- •
Awake, ye saints, to
Away from every* •
Begin, my tongue,-

Behold, how

Behold, the blind..
Behold the glories.
Behold, the grace..
Behold, the lofty.. .
Behold the love....
Behold the man....
Behold the morning
Behold the potter. .
Behold the rose... .
Behold the Saviour
Behold the sure....
Behold the woman
Behold the wretch.
Behold thy waiting
Behold ! what....







Behold, where in a 669
Being of beings,... 692
Beneath our feet,.. 760
Bestow, dear Lord, 608
Bless, O my soul,.. 206
Blessedare the sons 568
Bless'd betheev.. 305
Bless'dbe the Fa.. 491
Bless'd morning... 418
Bless'd with the... 450
Blest are the hum. 344
Blest are the sons.. 260
Blest are the souls. 182
Blest are the unde. 234
Blest be the tie that 627
Blest Comforter,... 673
Blest is the man... 98
Blest isth'm. whose 115
Blest isthe man who 51
Blest is the nation. 100
Blood has a voice.. 445

Blow ye the 588

Bread of heaven !.. 740
Bread of the world ! 740
Brightest and best. 659

Bright King of. 404

Broad is the road.. 465
Buried in shadows. 342
But few among the 341
By thy spirit, Lord, 70o

By whom was 552

CAN creatures to.. 473
Can sinners hope.. 678
Children in years.. 102
Children of God,.. 735

Children of the 702

Christ and his cross 353

Come, all 425

Come-, children,. .. 104
Come, condescend. 628
Come, dearest Lord 36C
Come, every pious 666
Come, gracious.... 673
Come, happy souls 437
Come hither, all ye 357

Come, Holy Ghost, 738
Come, Ho?" Spirit,. 527
Come, Holy S. heav 394

Come, humble 529

Come in, thou 741

Come, let our songs 743

Come, let our 196

Come, let us anew. 749
Come, let us join a 478
Come,letusj.ourch 321
Come,letusj.ourso 740
Come, let us lift. . . 440
Come, let us lift... 487

Come on, my 719

Come, sound his... 195
Come, thouAl.... 574
Came, thou con.... 628
Come, thou Fount. 556
Come, thou long... 602
Come to Calvary's. 689
Come, tune, ye.... 519
Come, we that love 391
Come, ye sinners,. 686
Come, ye weary si. 688
Come, ye weary so 577

Comnmnd thy 737

Consider all my... 243
DARK was the.... 661
Daughter of Zion, a 770
Daughter of Zion, f 727
Daughters of Zion, 327
David rejoiced in.. 84
Day of judgment,.. 653
Dear as thou wert,. 757
Dearest of all the.. 460
Dear Jesus, when.. 541
Dear Lord, and.... 531
Dear Lord, behold. 468
Dear Saviour, we. 699
Death cannot make 403
Death may dissolve 306

Death, 'tis a 404

Deceivea fry subtle 346
Deep in our hearts. 155
Deep in the dust.. . 355





Descend from 387

Did Christ o'er 660

Descend, Holy 540

Didst thou, dear. . . 550
Dismiss us with thy 587
Do we not know... 354
Down headlong. .
Dread Sovereign,.
EARLY, my God,
Earthly joys no...
Encompassed with. 538

Ere the blue 292

Eternal God, 642

Eternal Lord, from 733
Eternal source of. . 593
Eternal Sovereign. 461
Eternal Spirit, God 673
Eternal Spirit, we. 453
Eternal Wisdom...
Exalt the Lord our.
Exert thy power,..
FAITH adds new.

Faith is the

Faith,'tisaprecious 532
Far as thy name is 123

Far from my 382

Far from the world 745

Far from these 751

Father, how wide. 523
Father, I bless thy.
Father, I long, I...
Father, I sing thy..
Father of all, we..
Father of men, thy
Father of mercies,.
Father of merciesin 597
Father of mercies, s 624
Father, we wait to 489
Father, whate'er of 709
Few are thy days. 676
Fierce passions.. .. 551
Firm and unmoved 252
Firm as the earth.. 362

Firm was my 95

Fools in their hearts 70




For ever blessed.. . 275
For ever shall my.. 180
Frequent the day.. 736
From age to age... 216

From all who 230

From deep distress 257
From every earthly 702
From Greenland's. 722
From heaven the.. 433
From thee, my God 419
From whence these 516
From year to year. 742
Full of trembling.. 714
GENTILES by.... 350
Gently, Lord, O... 710
Give me the wings 456
Give thanks to God 216
Give th. toGod,inv 212
Give th. to God most 264
Give th. to God the 263
Give to our God... 266
Give to the Father. 494
Give to the Lord.. . 94
Glorious things of. 616
Glory to God on... 524
Glory to G. the Fa. 491
Glory to G. the Tr. 492
Glory to God who. 409
Glory to thee, my.. 631
God in his earthly. 180
God in the gospel.. 675
God is a Spirit just 361
God is gone up on. 665
God is the refuge.. 121
God moves in a.... 543
God my supporter.. 161
God of eternal love 215
God of my childh.. 158
God of my life..... 112
God of my mercy. . 220
God of the morning 332
God of the seas.... 416
God the eternal.... 390
God who in various 316
Good is the Lord . , 148




Go, preach my 357

Goto dark 669

Go worship at 367

Go, ye heralds of. . 732
Go, ye messengers. 731

Grace! tis a 694

Gracious Lord, our 610
Grateful notes and. 571
Great God, attend. 176
Great God, how in. 414
Great God, how oft 171
Great God, indulge 143
Great God, I own.. 294
Great God, now. . . 607
Great God. the h.. 82
Great God^ the na. 620

Great God, thy 470

Great God, to what 442
Great God, we sing 638
Great God, what.. 766
Great God, whose. 159
Great is the Lord ex 2;J2
Great is the L. his. 223
Great is the L. our. 123
Great King of glory 466
GreatLord ofaneels 595
Great Shepherd "of. 172
Great was the day. 458
Guide me, O thou. 563
HAD I the, tongues 360
Had not the Lord.. 251
Hail, everlasting. . 614
Hail, hail, sweet.. . 771
Hail, mightv Jesus. 579
Hail the day that.. 518
Hail, thou once.... 525
Hail to the Lord's. 728
Happy is he who.. 225
Happy soul, thy... 756
Happy the church. 412
Happy the city .... 275
Happy the heart. . . 397
Happy the man to. 98
Happy the m. whose 52
Hark! from the... 412

Hark! that shout.. 766
Hark! the glad.... 512
Hark! the herald.. 518
Hark*! the herald.. 509
Hark ! the Redeem 326
Hark ! the song of. 729
Hark ! the voice of 613
Hark ! what mean. 657
Hark ! what mean. 720
Hasten, O sinner.. 681
Heal us, Emmanuel 553
Hear me, O God... 203
Hear, O sinner.... 687
Hear what God the 617
Hear what the Lord 182' 605
Hear what the voice 301

Heaven has 643

Heavenly Spirit... 736

He comes ! he 762

He comes ! the.... 761
He dies ! the friend 517
He lives — the great 525
Help, Lord, for men 67
Hence from my. ... 418
Here, at thy cross.. 376
Here, at thy table. 611
He reigns, the Lord 198
Here let us see thy 739
He who hath made 188
He who on earth.. 600
High as the heav'ns 444
High in the heav'ns 106
High on a hill of... 384
His master taken. . 598
Holy Ghost, dispel. 672

Honour and 572

Honour to the 493

Hosanna, &c. . . .495 — 6
Hosanna to our. . . . 428
Hosanna to the Pr. 420
Hosanna to the roy 301
Hosanna with a... 378
House of our God.. 639
How are thy glories 490


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How are thy serv. . 565
How awful is thy.. 168
How beauteous are 297
How blest is our. . . 649

How blest the 757

How can I sink. . . . 445
How condescend.. 476
How did my heart. 249
How fast their guilt 72
How full of anguish 435
How heavy is the.. 342
How helpless guilty 527
How honourable is. 295

How large the 349

How long, O Lord. 68
How long wilt thou 69
How oft, alas ! this 528
How oft have sin.. 362
How pleasant, how 175
How pleasant 'tis. . 260
How pleased and.. 250
How precious is the 674
How rich are thy. . 481
How rich thy boun. 597
How rich thy gifts. 748
How sad our state. 428
How shall I my. . . . 556
How shall I praise. 470
How shall my soul. 694
How shall the sons 336
How shall the you. 236

How short and 393

How soft the words 608
How strong thine. . 313
How sweet and.. .. 482
How sweet, bow.. 697
How sweetly along 635
Howsweetlyflow'd 659
How sweet the ... . 670
How sweet to leave 745

How swift the 749

How vain are all . . 402
How vain is all ... . 677
How will my heart 680
How wpndrous . , . . 427

I ASKED the Lord 540
I cannot bear thine 445
If God succeed not. 254
If God to build the. 254
If human kindness 663
If 'tis sweet to. . . . 745
I give immortal.... 494
I hate the tempter. 464
I know that my.. . . 560
I lift my banner... 307
I lift my soul to.... 90
I'll bless the Lord.. 103
I'll praise my Maker 279

I'll speak the 119

I long to behold.... 753
I love the Lord, he. 229
I love the windows 458
I love thy kingdom 742
I'm not ashamed to 345
In all my Lord's... 692

In all my vast 270

In anger, Lord 59

Indulgent Sove.... 617

Infinite grief ! 432

In Gabriel's hand.. 319
In God's own house 288
In Judah, God of.. 166
In sin by blinded.. 531
Inspirer and hearer 631
In sweet exalted... 594
In the floods of, . . . 712
In themselves as... 590
In thine own ways 308
In this world of sin 642
Into thy hand, O.. 96
In vain our fancy.. 755
In vain the wealthy 304
In vain we lavish.. 296
In vain we seek for 667
I saw beyond the.. 680
I send the joys of.. 38 f >
1 set the Lord...... 74

I sing my Saviour's 444
Israel in ancient... 508
Is there ambition . . 258


Is this the kind 419

It is the Lord, enth 550
It is the Lord, our. 205
I waited patient for 113
I was a grovelling. 544
I xv Al extol thee. . . 95
JEHOVAH reigns. 191
Jehovah reigns, his 47]
Jehovah speaks, let 335

Jerusalem, my 752

Jesus, and shall it. 536

Jesus, at thy 559

Jesus, full of all . . . 578
Jesus, harmonious. 671

Jesus, I know 544

Jesus, immortal.... 723
Jesus, I my cross.. 700
Jesus, in thee our.. 366
Jesus invites his. . . 475
Jesus is gone above 477
Jesus, lover of my. 559
Jesus, my all to. ... 693
Jesus, my Lord.... 625

Jesus, our Lord 222

Jesus shall reign... 159
Jesus, the man of. . 298
Jesus, thy blood... 562
Jesus, to thy dear. . 764
Jesus, we bless thy 316
Jesus, we bow.... 485
Jesus, we lift our. . 738
Jesus, whose blood 554
Jesus, with all thy. 391
Join all the glorious 372
Join all the names. 371
Joy is a fruit that. . 547
Joy to the world the 200
Judge me, O Lord. 92
Judges, who rule.. 139
Just are thy ways.. 77
KEEP silence, all.. 506
Kind is the speech. 328
Kindred in Christ.. 627
LADEN with guilt 446
Lamb of God 739

Lei all our tongues 479
Let all the earth... 197
Let all the heathen 238
Let children hear.. 169
Let everlasting. . . . 452
Let ev'ry creature. 285
Let every mortal.. . 294
Let ev'ry tongue... 277
Let God arise in. . . 150
Let God the Father 289
Let God the F. live 492
Let God the Maker's 493
Let him embrace.. 323

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