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re of these Subjects succeslively, that many a Reader runs away 05 with a Supposition of their over-doing on that side he hap02 pen'd first to take notice of, for want of waiting the Balance.
They cherish, as an hereditary Platform from their Anceftors, a very high Persuasion of, and very strict Rules con
cerning, a New-Testament Church. To mention but one 1's Peculiarity more, they continually betray a burning Pro. - pensity to the Work of propagating the Gospel of Peace : If re- any one finds more things uttered in this Spirit, than he can Le make Application of in his Sphere, let him remember that Be-, these are a People, very many of whose Members have such
D-a Call *; that they, however, express themselves at other 5- times plainly enough about the Obligations of a Christian in Cho the common Situation of Life, or as a Citizen ; not to al
ledge that most things said in the former View, muft, in Some al Pare or Degree, be transferred to the latter Circumstances are too. Their Compositions were indeed calculated for them.
selves; and therefore if any serious Mind, out of their CirXcle, accidentally reaps Benefit therefrom, it comes to pass in but the more artless manner.
So much in the general. There having been farther, as may be suppos’d, fome Gradations or Openings in the una Brethren's Conceptions and spiritual Language, during a 01- Course of so many Years ; it was thought proper to point this fit out, by distinguishing their Hymns at least into cwo
. We must not forget to acquaint the Reader, that there (Dé have been, before this, some English Collections of Hymns,
partly original, and partly Transations from the German, printed from time to time for the Use of Societies in Union with the Brethren's Church.
Tho'these were never regularly authorized, nor always passably review'd; yet Thousands in different Parts of this
Above 100 of them have already confumed and laid down their za moral Tabernacle in ministring the Gospel to the Heathenis.
Land will testify, that they have drawn from them many a holy and seasonable Direction or Confolation for their Heart. And this is the Reason why, as those former Materials in general were to be retained as far as was possible without swelling this Book too much, the Reader will meet with some Compositions * here, (by Hands either unlearned, or when their Acquaintance with the Brethren was young) which he may think do but express the same Truths more Nightly, that have, on the next Pages, fuller Justice done them over and over. He must consider, that even these little Hymns have got their Lovers, who would be forry to lose them all at once.
It is but to a certain Degree, that it becomes the Character of any Religious Affociation, to concern itself about Stile and poetical Excellence. Imperfections in this respect, will certainly still be found here. Perhaps also other Imperfections; for we will not pronounce it a Work absolutely compleat. And yet we as little doubt, notwichftanding, of its being capable, with the Divine Blessing, to do some Good.
* Tho' this is chiefly meant of some Englih Hymns, yet the German Books themselves then tranílated from, nad the same unequal Mixture. If the Reader would be glad of a System of Ideas, entirely from the Pen of that worthy Person himself, who is the present Ordinary of the Hierarchy known by the Name of the Unitas Fratrum, he may find it in the following Hymns. Part II. N° 3. 6. 22. 122. 150, 151. 152. 163. 169. 175. 190. 207. 224. 239. 266. 268. 274. 277. 305. 308. 309. 310. 313, 326. 328. 338. 379. 383. 388. 389. 392. 396. 406. 407. 454. These are his principal Hymns in this Book. He is also the Author of that English Hymn N° 307. the Translator of Luther's Hymn on the Ten Commandments, Part 1. N° 433 and out of Respect for the Church of England, did himself put her Articles (N 337) into Metre.