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THE following Selection of Prayers and Hymns, has been made for the aid of those heads of families who believe family devotion to be a duty, but who are deterred from it by diffidence, or by supposed want of ability. In the Preliminary Essay I have endeavoured to show the importance of the duty, and to meet the usual excuses made for neglecting it. One of these excuses is the plea of the want of ability. To meet that, as far as lies in my power, has been the main design of this selection. In meeting it, free use has been made of all the helps to family devotion within my reach. Alterations have been made where they were deemed to be desirable, and especially made to render the prayers as simple and direct as possible. A few additions have been made to adapt them to our times, and especially to Sunday Schools, and to the great efforts of Christian benevolence to fill the earth with the gospel. A 2

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These additions are indicated at the beginning and the end by a small asterisk. And as praise may be made a most important and interesting part of family devotion, a selection of Hymns has been added especially adapted to this design. As no such selections came within my reach, I have made this from various authors, and in the best manner that I was able, with the helps to which I have had access. The Selection has been made from the 6 Church Psalmody,” by Messrs. Mason and Green; from the General Assembly's Psalms and Hymns; the “ Village Hymns ;” “Sacred Lyrics,” by Mr. Beman; Dr. Dwight's Psalms and Hymns; and Hymns by Dr. Alexander. The book is committed to the blessing of God, with the prayer that it may be one of the aids by which the great ends of the family organization may be secured ; and a means by which the worship of God may be extended and perpetuated amidst the families of this land.

A. B.

PHILADELPHIA, January, 1850.

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God of the morning, at thy voice.
God of my life, my morning song
God of our fathers, by whose hand.
God of our lives, thy various praise.
Glory to thee, my God, this night
Great God! my early vows to thee.
Great God, to thee my evening song.
Great God! this sacred day of thine.
Great God, we sing thy mighty hand
Great God, whose universal sway
Great God, I own thy sentence just.
Great God, at thy command...
Great Saviour, let thy power divine
Great Sun of Righteousness, arise
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.

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Hail, happy day! thou day of holy rest .....
Hail, sacred truth! whose piercing rays
Hark! the voice of love and meroy.
Hark! that shout of rapturous joy
Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims.
Heay'n is the land where troubles cease
Hosanna, with a cheerful sound.
How bless'd the righteous when he dies
How blest is our brother bereft.
How pleasant 'tis to see.....
How pleasing is the voice
How precious, Lord, thy sacred word.
How shall the young secure their hearts .
How short and hasty is our life..
How soft the words my Saviour speaks.
How still and peaceful is the grave
How vain are all things here below.
How vain is all beneath the skies!.

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