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Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by

J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


The use of metrical Psalms and Hymns in the English tongue is as ancient as the English Book of Common Prayer. At the publication of the Ordinal, in 1552, one ancient Hymn, the Veni Creator Spiritus, in the longer of the two forms which are now found in those offices, was incorporated into the ritual itself. To the version of the Psalms by Sternhold and Hopkins were also appended certain paraphrases and other devout verses; embracing the Lord's Prayer ; the Ten Commandments; the Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds; the Te Deum; the Hymns from Scripture included in the Morning and Evening Prayers; and, with a few other lines, the Humble Suit, the Lament and the Complaint of a Sinner, three several forms of confession. These were probably from the same hands with those metrical Psalms, and bear date from the reign of Edward the Sixth.


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