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THE

PSALMS AND HYMNS,

WITH THE

CATECHISM,

CONFESSION OF FAITH, AND CANONS,

OF THB

SYNOD OF DORT,

AND LITURGY

OF THE

REFORMED PROTESTANT DUTCH CHURCH

-NORTH AMERICA.

AUTHORIZED BY THE GENERAL SYNOD TO BE USED IN THE

CHURCHES UNDER THEIR CARE

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* Let the word of Christ dwoll-in you rithly in all-wriodom, teaching and admonishing
one another in Palms and Hyrhns and Spiritual Songs, singing with grace in your heart
anto the Lord." -Col iii. 16. ' ... '

PHILADELPHIA :
MENTZ & ROVOUDT,
SUCCESSORS TO G. W. MENTZ & SON,
53 NORTH THIRD ST.

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| THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

A&IOR, LENOX AND
TILOEN FOUNDATIONS
R 1912

Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in ine year 1847, by Isaac Young, (on behalf of the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church,) in the clerk's office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

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Of the Psalms and Hymns used by the Reformed Protestant

Dutch Church.

B has ever been a principle of the Church that no Psalms nor Hymns may be publicly Ring in the Reformed Protestant Dutch Churches, but such as are approved and recommended by the General Synod. Previously to the American Revolution, the pealmody of the Church embraced only the psalms in the Dutch language, usually bound ap in the Bables then in common use. The version approved by the Synod was that of Dathenus. In additing to this, the new version of psalms and hymns compiled and adopted in the Netherlands, in the year 1773, was subsequently approved. After the period of the American Revolution, when it was found necessary to introduce English singing, the Rev. Dr. Livingston compiled a book of Psalms and Hymns in the English language, which was pablished, with the express approbation and recommendation of the General Synod, in tho

ok continued in use in the churches until the year 1812, when, at the instance of the Classis of New York, the Particular Synod of New York referred the Rubject relative to the revision of the Psalms and Hymns then in use, to the General Synod. The reference was favourably entertained by the Synod, and they requested the Rev. Pro feasor Livingston to make the selection of Psalms and Hymns, agreeably to the views then erpressed, and appointed a committee to whom the same should be submitted for their examination and approval. At the session of the Synod, held in October, 1813, this committee reported in favour of the selection, and the Synod accordingly adopted it, entered upon their records a minute highly complimentary to the distinguished compiler, and made the necessary arrangements for its publication and introduction into the public worship of the churches,

in the year 1830, the General Synod deemed it expedient that an additional number of hymns should be added to those contained in the book then in use, and accordingly a committee was appointed to make a selection, on a variety of subjects, with a view to contitate a second book of hymns. At the next session of the Synod, this committeo reported a selection of 172 additional hymns, which were approved, ordered to be published as a second book of hymns, and authorised to be used in all the churches. At the instance of the General Synod's Sabbath-School Board, a committee was appointed at the meeting of the Synod, in June 1812, to compile a book for the use of the Sabbath-Schools of the church. The selection, as reported by the committee, embraced many hymns suit. able for social as well as Sabbath-School worship. It was approved by the Synod, in the year 1843, and ordered to be published, under the title of the "Social and Sabbath-School Hymn Book." The Board of Sabbath-School Union being about to publish a second edition of this book, requested, in the year 1845, that the Synod would furnish an additional number of hypns for the purpose of filling up certain blank pages on the last sheet of the work On considering this request, the Synod resolved, in view of the fact that the Hymna 10 authorized to be used by the churches were comprised in three separate books, and that still additional Hymns on certain subjects vere needed to refer the whole subject of the Hymn Book to a committee, to consiner the importau.ce.o. «new arrangement, and with instructions to report, sach new homs as would make the codection more complete. At the meeting of the General Synod in June, 1816, this committee presented their report recommending such new arrangement, and at the saiae.time submitting a selection of hyruns on a variety of subjects, to the number of three hundred and forty-two. The hymns thus submitted were approved by the Synou, and the cornmittee were authorised to com plete the work, and prepare the whole for publicatis.dues seedily as convenient. The Board of Direction were also empowered to carry one the necessary arrangements for printing the same. All this tru teca done, and the present work is the result of such action. The book thus completed will compare favourably with the various selections used by the several denominations of Christians in our land, and it is fervently hoped will prove a happy auxiliary in promoting the devotions, public, social, and private, of the members of our Church

THOMAS M. STRONG,

Stated Clerk of General Synod. New York, une, 1947.

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