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I have inserted many original Hymns, for which I intended to have
am alone responsible.
disti guished these by a prefixed or added mark, to har screened them among my Friends, by the exercise their affection for me, from the rigour of criticism. hope, however, in such company as WATTS, DOI DRIDGE, COWPER, NEWTON, TOPLADY, STEELI and other names of equal veneration and value, the may escape, by serving as a foil to exhibit, with sti greater lustre, the beauties of Poetry and the charm of Piety, to which, though they aspire, they have no as yet attained.
That the present publication may, by the divin blessing, be made the means of instruction and consolation to many, is the fervent prayer of
Your affectionate Friend,
For Christ's sake,
Palace Street, Pimlico,
R. H. SHEPHERD.