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Bible Englsh. Asid. Selections.

COLLECTION

OF

SACRED TRANSLATIONS,

PARAPHRASES,

AND

HYMNS.

BY STEVENSON MACGILL, D.D.

MINISTER OF THE TRON CHURCH, GLASGOW.

GLASGOW:

Printed by J. Hedderwick & Co.
SOLD BY J. SMITH AND SON, BRASH AND REI, M. OGLE, AND
W. TURNBULL, GLASGOW; BROWN AND CROMBIE, EDIN-
BURGH; AND LONGMAN AND CO. J. HATCHARI),

AND T, HAMILTON, LONDON.

1813.

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PREFACE.

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This Collection consists of sacred pieces, selected from various Authors, with a considerable numbers of Original compositions. Many of the pieces thus selected, are altered; some of them slightly, but others to so great a degree as to retain little of their original appearance. Besides those alterations which were occasionally necessary in the language and rhyme, alterations and additions have been made where the idea appeared to be in danger of being mistaken, or required from its importance to receive greater prominence and interest. On the other hand, verses have been sometimes omitted where they seemed to be either unnecessary, or inconsistent with that unity which should mark such short compositions. It seemed also of importance, that each hymn should be so condensed or divided into parts, as that either the whole, or cach division might be sung at one time with propriety and ease.

No composition of any living author, so far as is known, has been introduced, except the 77th paraphrase; for which the author was so good as grant his permission. Three of the original compositions, excepting some alterations, were written by a friend; for the rest, the Editor must be solely

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