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LAYS FOR THE SABBAT:H.

A COLLECTION OF

RELIGIOUS POETRY.

COMPILED BY EMILY TAYLOR.

REVISED, WITH ADDITIONS,

BY JOHN PIERPONT.

BOSTON:

WILLIAM CROSBY AND H. P. NICHOLS,

111 WASHINGTON STREET.

1850.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839,

By LEONARD C. Bowles, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE.

The beautiful selection of sacred poetry, entitled “ Sabbath Recreations,” was published in England without the name of the compiler. It is known, however, that the public is indebted for this, as for other works of a highly moral character and most beneficial tendency, to the taste and judgment of Miss Emily Taylor; and, though her modesty may have induced her to withhold her name from the title-page, I trust that she will consider the conviction on the part of the American editor and publishers, that her name will extend the sphere of the book's usefulness in this country, as a sufficient apology for giving it to the American public.

In the present edition the book has undergone considerable change. Without departing from its original plan, but with a view to the better adaptation of it to the taste and feelings of the lovers of religious poetry in the United States, many pieces have been withdrawn from it, and others substituted, both from English and American writers. The alterations have been care

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