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FIRESIDE HYMN-BOOK;

CONTAINING

Selected and Driginal bymns ;

COMPILED BY

MARTHA BRAITHWAITE,

“ Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my

pilgrimage.”—PSALM CXIX. 54.

SECOND THOUSAND,

London:
HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.,

33, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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Χορός ειρήνης
Οι Χριστόγονοι,
Λαός σώφρων,
Ψάλωμεν ομού θεον ειρήνης.

Clementis Alex.: Hymnus in Christum,

GEORGE UNWIN, GRESHAM STEAM PRESS, BUCKLERSBURY, E.C.

PREFACE.

THIS little Volume, begun several years ago,

originated in the desire to provide a selection of Hymns which might assist, under the Divine blessing, in impressing the youthful minds of my dear children with religious truth, and in leading them to Christ, as their only Saviour, that their “meditation of Him,” might “be sweet." To them it is especially dedicated, as the fruit of a Parent's love.

In submitting it to a wider circle, I feel that I have little to place in competition with the many admirable selections already published. Yet,

amidst the variety of tastes to be satisfied, I trust that the present contribution may not be without its service.

My purpose will be answered should it be made, in however small a degree, instrumental in aiding the devout contemplation of the love of God in Christ Jesus, the bountiful provision made for the need of all who in living faith accept this love, and maintain the warfare, and the priceless joy laid up for them that endure unto the end.

As I cannot hope to equal, I have not aimed at imitating the strict order and method to be found in the arrangement of many favourite Collections. To some minds, a judicious variety is not less pleasing. Few will be prepared to admit, that the apparent absence of arrangement detracts from the charm or usefulness of the first and greatest of all Selections of Sacred Poetry—the Book of Psalms.

I wish gratefully to acknowledge the kindness of all who have either contributed original pieces,

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