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remarked by an excellent Divine "There is no part of divine service which is so properly the act of the congregation as singing; in the other parts, the Minister takes the lead; in this, he only unites in the worship as one of the congregation. It is therefore incumbent on every one to join, if able, in this general act of Homage."
To the same purpose Mr. Daubeny in the forecited Preface excellently observes "When the voice is lifted up with strength to praise the Lord in the Congregation, the soul is, as it were, carried upward towards the eternal source of all harmony and glory. Nothing but custom, which by degrees reconciles us to anything, however inconsistent with profession or character, can have reconciled the members of our Church to the impropriety of sitting down, and paying no attention to that part of the service in which every one who has a God to praise ought to be equally interested.-Indeed if Christians would be prepared to join in the
chorous of Saints and Angels in the Church Triumphant in heaven, they should accustom themselves to join in the service appointed to be sung in the Church Militant here on earth. And such will be the case, if Christians consider, that one great end of their having being admitted into the fellowship of Christ's Church on earth was, that they might be prepared for admission into a more Spiritual Society in a better world."
1 The man is blest that hath not lent
2 But in the law of God the Lord
Himself both day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree that is
Which in due season bringeth forth
4 Whose leaf shall never fade nor fall,
1 O God our Lord, how wonderful
2 Even by the mouths of sucking babes
3 And when I see the heavens above,
The sun, the moon, and all the stars, In order as they stand.
4 Lord what is man, that thou of him Tak'st such abundant care?
Or what the Son of man, whom thou
5 O God our Lord, how excellent
1 Within thy tabernacle, Lord,
Or whom wilt thou receive to dwell
2 The man whose life is uncorrupt,