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Late Pastor of the Tabernacle Church, Salem, Mass.

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Professor of Rhetoric in Amherst College, Mass.

AU tilings must be fulfilled which are written in the — PSALMS concerning
me LUKE xxvr. 44.

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





Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1834,

By Zervia Worcester,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.


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a— Very slow.
e — Slow.

«»— Very soft.
e— Soft.

p— Slow and soft.
g — Slow and loud.

o — Quick.

u — Very quick.

o — Loud.

u — Very Loud.

b— Quick and soft.
s. — Quick and loud.
d — Variously distinctive.


Among the eminent public services of the late Dr. Worcester,
liis 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 objec-
tions from those who prefer to have Watts unabridged and
unaltered. The " Selection of Hymns from other Authors" was
evidently made with his characteristic discrimination of judg-
ment and refinement of taste. The " Key of Expression" gave
the whole work a peculiarity and a value, which have been
justly appreciated.

So strong, however, was the predilection of the community
for Watts entire, that Dr. Worcester 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, a new edition has
been strongly urged by many gentlemen, whose judgment is
entitled to respectful consideration .

A new edition of "Watts and Select Hymns" is therefore
now offered to the public. The Selection 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 numbered in continuation of
those in the former editions, and commence with " Hymn 237,"
p. 655. For the convenience of the numerous churches in
which the former editions are used, it has been thought best to
add the new hymns, rather than destroy the existing arrange-
ment, by making a classification of the whole. If such a clas-
sification 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 felt. To diminish it as much as
possible, without making a new book, — very special attention has
now been given to the " Index of Subjects." The Editor will be
much disappointed, if it. shall not appear that he has greatly
improved the work in this particular. The references through-
out are made to pages, and will bear examination in respect to
general accuracy and precision. 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 found.

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 per-
manent value. It was, however, impossible for him to obtain
hymns of high character, for all the special occasions, which
the diversified movements of the age have called into existence.
He has endeavoured to pass by productions which are merely
ephemeral ; so that the new Select Hymns may more nearly
correspond with those, which have received the seal of public
approbation. High authority could be given to confirm hia
decision, in regard to almost every hymn, which has been added.
Want of room compelled him to omit many hymns, which other-
wise 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
institutions and ordinances of the gospel, — to times and seasons,—
more particularly, the solemn periods of sickness and death, eternity
emd 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, with a few excep-
tions, been made by an experienced teacher of sacred music.

For the information of those who are not acquainted 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 reason,
omitted in that work.

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

"The effect of public psalmody is often exceedingly 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 always, at the mo-
ment, so fully possess himself of the sentiments of the portion
given out, as immediately to recur to a tune well suited to
express 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 move-
ment, or quantity, or tone of voice, nor even observing 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
beat psalm way 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 prac-
tice. Its importance, however, demands that every thing which
can be done in aid of it, should be done. To assist singera
extensively, in this essential, but neglected part of good psal-
mody, no method appeared more eligible, than that of so marking
the psalms and hymns by means of certain symbols, as to indi-
cate, as correctly as possible, the requisite variations of move-
ment, quantity, and tone of voice."

" 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 leader of the choir, for some par-
ticular 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 direc-
tion to the sort of tune suitable to be chosen.

" Of the several parts of this undertaking, tliat of marking the
psalms and hymns with reference to expression, was not the least
difficult. To indicate, indeed, all the variations, which a skil-
ful and well-practised performer would observe, were impracti-
cable ; to designate some of the principal of them only, is what
has been attempted. 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 unneces-
sary for passages requiring only the common movement to be
marked. — The quantity of voice is also divided into five degrees,
which, in like manner, are indicated by the same vowels ii.
Italic letter : viz. a — very soft ; e — soft ; i — common, but omitted
in the marking; o — loud ; u — very loud.

" In some passages a variation is required both of movement
and quantity. The Pathetic in general, 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 is
denoted by the letter s.

" Some passages require not any considerable change from the
common, either in movement or quantity j but either a peculiar


distinctness of utterance, or some peculiar distinction in the tone
or modulation of voice. This expression, or rather these varie-
ties 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 is applied, however, whether to
passages marked as quotations, or to such as express abhorrence,
scorn, indignation, or any other passion or feeling, the judicious
performer will, in general, readily perceive the requisite expres-

" If a psalm or hymn begins without any symbol of expression,
it is to be considered as common, until some symbol is applied.
When any symbol is applied, that is to be considered as being
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 inti-
mated, is intended to be designated by the tune, or tunes, to
which it is referred ; and in applying the symbols of expression,
each passage of the psalm or hymn has been considered rela-
tively to the prevailing character of the whole, and to the bear-
ings 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 char-
acter, or the passages with which they stand connected, required
different kinds of expression.

" In the Punctuation, regard has been had to musical expres-
sion. In some instances, therefore, different points or pauses
are inserted, from what would have been used, had the grammat-
ical 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

" 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 which."

" It only remains for the Compiler and Editor humbly to com-
mend 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 ad-
vancement of his great salvation, and to the glory of his adora-
ble NAME."

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


Amherst College, Jan. 20, 1834.




ACCORDING to thy 664

A charge to keep I have.. . 705

Adore and tremble 311

Alas! and did my........ 379

Alas ! what hourly 542

All glory to the 493

All 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' assemblies 174

Among the princes 179

And are we wretches 438

And is the gospel 513

And let this feeble 644

And must this body 441

And now the scales 423

And will the God of. 174

And will the great 594

Angels ! from the realms. . 658

Angels, roll the rock 520

Are all the foes of Zion... 135

Are sinners now so 70

Arise, my gracious God... 75

Arise, my soul 424

Arm of the Lord 618

As birds their infant 616

Asleep in Jesus, blessed... 759

As new-born babes 365

Assembled at thy great. . . . 734
At every motion of our. . . . 678

Attend, my soul 507

Attend while God's 451

At thy command 486

Awake, and sing 571

Awake, awake, each 681

Awake, my heart 302

Awake, my soul 630

Awake, our souls ! 312

Awake, ye saints 640

Awake, ye saints, to 262

Away from every 448

BACKWARD, with 318

Begin, my tongue, 415

Behold, how sinners. ..... 358


Behold, the blind 454

Behold the elories 291

Behold, the grace 292

Behold, the lofty sky 79

Behold the love 105

Behold the man ! how 662

Behold the morning 80

Behold the potter 351

Behold the rose 324

Behold the Saviour at 684

Behold the sure 232

Behold the woman's 454

Behold the wretch 354

Behold thy waiting 241

Behold! what wondrous. . 322
Behold, where in a mortal 669
Being of beings, God of. . . 692
Beneath our feet, and o'er. 760
Bestow, dear Lord, upon.. 60S
Bless, O my soul, the living 206

Blessed are the sons 568

Bless'd be the everlasting. 305

Bless'd be the Father. 491

Bless'd morning whose 418

Bless'd with the joys 450

Blest are the humble 344

Blest are the sons 260

Blest are the souls 182

Blest are the undefil'd 234

Blest be the tie that 627

Blest Comforter, divine.. . . 673

Blest is the man 98

Blest is the man whose 115

Blest is the man who 51

Blest is the nation 100

Blood has a voice 445

Blow ye the trumpet 588

Bread of heaven ! on 740

Bread of the world ! 740

Brightest and best of. 659

Bright King of Glory ! 404

Broad is the road 465

Buried in shadows of 342

But few among the 341

By thy spirit, Lord, 706

By whom was David 552

CAN creatures to perfection 473

Can sinners hope for. 678

Children in years 103


Children of God, awake !.. 735
Children of the heavenly.. 702

Christ and his cross 353

Come, all harmonious 425

Come, children, learn 104

Come, condescending 628

Come, dearest Lord 360

Come, every pious heart. . 666

Come, gracious Spirit 673

Come, happy souls 437

Come hither all ye 357

Come, Holy Ghost, descend 738
Come, Holy Spirit, come.. 527

Come, Holy Spirit 394

Come, humble sinner 529

Come in, thou blessed 741

Come, let our songs 743

Come, let our voices 196

Come, let us anew 749

Come, let us join a 478

Come, let us join our 321

Come, let us join our 740

Come, let us lift our 440

Come, let us lift our 487

Come on, my partners 719

Come, sound his praise.. . . 195

Come, thou Almighty 574

Come, thou condescending 628

Come, thou Fount 556

Come, thou long-expected. 602
Come to Calvary's holy... 689

Come, tune, ye saints 519

Come, we that love 391

Come, ye sinners, poor 686

Come, ye weary sinners. . . 688

Come, ye weary souls 577

Command thy blessing 737

Consider all my sorrows. . . 243
DARK was the night and. 661
Daughter of Zion, awake. . 770

Daughter of Zion, from 727

Daughters of Zion, come.. 327

David rejoiced in God 84

Day of judgment, day 653

Dear as thou wert, and.... 757
Dearest of all the names.. . 460

Dear Jesus, when 541

Dear Lord, and shall 531

Dear Lord, behold 468

Dear Saviour, we are thine 699

Death cannot make 403

Death may dissolve 306

Death, 'tis a melancholy.. 404

Deceived by subtle 346

Deep in our hearts 155

Deep in the dust 355

Descend from heaven 387

Did Christ o'er sinners 660

Descend, Holy Spirit 540

Didst thou, dear Jesus. . . . 550

Dismiss us with thy 587

Do we not know that 354

Down headlong from 433

Dread Sov'reign, let my... 378

EARLY, my God, without 142

Earthly joys no longer.... 704

Encompass'd with clouds. 538

Ere the blue heavens 292

Eternal God, enthroned... 642

Eternal Lord, from land... 733

Eternal source of every. . . . 593

Eternal Sov'reign of. 461

Eternal Spirit, God of..... 673

Eternal Spirit, we confess. 453

Eternal Wisdom, thee 506

Exalt the Lord our God 201

Exert thy pow'r, thy 619

FAITH adds new charms. 701

Faith is the brightest 353

Faith, 'tis a precious 532

Far as thy name is 123

Far from my thoughts 382

Far from the world 745

Far from these narrow. . . . 751

Father, how wide thy 523

Father, I bless thy 246

Father, I long, I faint 415

Father, I sing thy 155

Father of all, we bow 589

Father of men, thy care. . . 629
Father of mercies, God of. 713

Father of mercies in 597

Father of mercies, send. . . 624

Father, we wait to 489

Father, whate'er of. 709

Few are thy days and 676

Fierce passions discompose 551
Firm and unmov'd are. . . . 252

Firm as the earth 362

Firm was my health 95

Fools in their hearts 70

For ever blessed 275

For ever shall my 180

Frequent the day of. 736

From age to age exalt 216

From all who dwell 230

From deep distress 257

From every earthly 702

From Greenland's icy 722

From heaven the shining.. 433

From thee, my God 419

From whence these 516

From year to year in 742

Full of trembling 714

GENTILES by nature, we 350
Gently, Lord, O gently.... 710

Give me the wings of 456

Give thanks to God, he.... 216
Give thanks to God, invoke 212


Give thanks to God most. . 264
Give thanks to God the . . . 263
Give to our God immortal. 266

Give to the Father 494

Give to the Lord, ye sons. 94
Glorious things of thee are 616

Glory to God on high 524

Glory to God the Father's. 491
Glory to God the Trinity. . 492
Glory to God who walks . . 409

Glory to thee, my God 631

God in his earthly 180

God in the gospel of. 675

God is a Spirit just 361

God is gone up on high. . . . 665

God is the refuge of 121

God moves in a mysterious 548

God my supporter and 161

God of eternal love ....... 215

God of my childhood 158

God of my life 112

God of my mercy 220

God of the morning 332

God of the seas 416

God the eternal, awful 390

God who in various 316

Good is the Lord, the 148

Go, preach my gospel 357

Go to dark Gethsemane... 669
Go worship at Emmanuel's 367
Go, ye heralds of salvation 732
Go, ye messengers of God. 731

Grace ! tis a charming 694

Gracious Lord, our children 610
Grateful notes and numbers 571
Great God, attend, while.. 176
Great God, how infinite. . . 414

Great God, how oft 171

Great God, indulge my 143

Great God, I own the 294

Great God, now 607

Great God, the heavens.,. 82
Great God, the nations.... 620

Great God, thy glories 470

Great God, to what ... 442

Great God, we sing 638

Great God, what do I see.. 766

Great God, whose 159

Great is the Lord, exalted. 262

Great is the Lord, his 223

Great is the Lord our 123

Great King of glory 466

Great Lord of angels 595

Great Shepherd of thine . . . 172

Great was the day, the 458

Guide me, O thou great. . . 563

HAD I the tongues of 360

Had not the Lord 251

Hail, everlasting Spring. . . 614
Hail, hail, sweet cherub.. . 771


Hail , mighty Jesus 579

Hail the day that saw.. — 518
Hail, thou once despised.. 525
Hail to the Lord's anointed 728
Happy is he who fears. ... 225

Happy soul, thy days 756-

Happy the church, thou.. . 412

Happy the city where 275

Happy the heart 397

Happy the man to whom. . 98

Happy the man whose 52

Hark ! from the tombs .... 412

Hark ! that shout of. 766

Hark! the glad sound : 512

Hark! the herald angels... 518
Hark ! the herald angels.. 509

Hark! the Redeemer 326

Hark ! the song of Jubilee. 729
Hark ! the voice of love . . . 613
Hark ! what mean those.. 657
Hark ! what mean those . . 720
Hasten, O sinner,to be wise 681
Heal us, Emmanuel, here. 553

Hear me, O God, nor 203

Hear, O sinner, mercy.... 687
Hear what God the Lord. . 617
Hear what the Lord in , . . . 182
Hear what the Lord the. . . 605

Hear what the voice ... 301

Heaven has confirm'd the. 643

Heavenly Spirit, may , 736

He comes ! he comes ! the. 762
He comes ! the conqueror. 761
He dies ! the friend of..... 517

He lives — the great 525

Help, Lord, for men of. . . . 67

Hence from my soul 418

Here, at thy cross ......... 376

Here, at thy table, Lord... 611
He reigns, the Lord, the... 198
Here let us see thy face. . . 739

He who hath made his 188

He who on earth as man. . 600

High as the heav'ns... 444

High in the heav'ns 106

High on a hill of dazzling. 384
His master taken from.... 598
Holy Ghost, dispel our.... 672

Honour and happiness 572

Honour to the Almighty. . . 493

Hosanna, &c 495 — 6

Hosanna to our 428

Hosanna to the Prince 420

Hosanna to the royal 301

Hosanna with a cheerful.. 378
House of our God, with. . . 639

How are thy glories 490

How are thy servants 565

How awful is thy 168

How beauteous are their. .. 297




How blest is our Friend . . . 649
How blest the righteous... 757

How can I sink with 445

How condescending and.. 476

How did my heart 249

How fast their guilt 72

How full of anguish * 435

How heavy is the night. . . 342
How helpless guilty nature 527
How honourable is the. . . . 295
How large the promise. . . . 349

How long, O Lord, 68

How long wilt thou 69

How oft, alas! this 528

How oft have sin and Satan 362
How pleasant, how divinely 175
How pleasant 'tis to see. . . 260
How pleased and blest. . . . 250
How precious is the book.. 674

How rich are thy 481

How rich thy bounty 597

How rich thy gifts. ... 748

How sad our state by nature 428
How shall I my Saviour. . . 556

How shall I praise 470

How shall my soul find 694

How shall the sons 336

How shall the young 236

How short and hasty 393

How soft the words 608

How strong thine arm * 313

How sweet and awful 482

How sweet, how heavenly 697
How sweetly along the. . . . 635
How sweetly flowed the.. . 659
How sweet the name of. . . 670
How sweet to leave the. .. 745
How swift the torrent rolls 749
How vain are all things. . . 402
How vain is all beneath.. . 677
How will my heart . . . . « . . 680
How Wondrous great 427

I ASKED the Lord that I. 540
I cannot bear thine absence 445
If God succeed not, all. . . . 254
If God to build the house.. 254
If human kindness meets . 663
If 'tis sweet to mingle. . . . 745
I give immortal praise.. . . . 494

I hate the tempter... * 464

I know that my Redeemer 560

I lift my banner, saith 307

I lift my soul to God 90

I'll bless the Lord 103

I'll praise my Maker 279

I'll speak the honours 119

I long to behold him 753

I love the Lord, he 229

I love the windows ....... 458

T love thy kingdom, Lord. 742

I'm not ashamed to, 345

In all my Lord's appointed 692
In all my vast concerns. .. 270
In anger, Lord, rebuke. . . . 59

Indulgent Sovereign 617

Infinite grief ! amazing.... 432
In Gabriel's hand a mighty 319

In God's own house 288

In Judah, God of old . . 166

In sin by blinded passions. 531

Inspirer and hearer of 631

In sweet exalted strains... 594

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