The following Selection of Prayers and Hymns, has been made for the aid of those heads of families who believe family devotion to be a duty, but who are deterred from it by diffidence, or by supposed want of ability. In the Preliminary Essay I have endeavoured to show the importance of the duty, and to meet the usual excuses made for neglecting it. One of these excuses is the plea of the want of ability. To meet that, as far as lies in my power, has been the main design of this.selectio'n.", Jn nieeting it, free use has been made of alltlie helps fo-t'amily devotion within my reach. Alterations have been made where they were deemed to, pe,''desirable, and especially made to render the pi ay<irs as sin/pie and direct as possible. A few additions have been made to adapt them to our times, and especially to Sunday Schools, and to the great efforts of Christian benevolence to fill the earth with the gospel. These additions are indicated at the beginning and the end by a small asterisk. And as praise may be made a most important, and interesting part of family devotion, a selection of Hymns has been added especially adapted to this design. As no such selections came within my reach, I have made this from various authors, and in the best manner that I was able, with the helps to which I have had access. The Selection has been made from the "Church Psalmody," by Messrs. Mason and Greep; from the General Assembly's Psalms and Hymns; the "Village Hymns;" "Sacred Lyrics," by Mr. Beman; Dr. Dwight's Psalms and Hymns; and Hymns by Dr. Alexander. The book is committed to the blessing of God, with the prayer that it may be one of the aids by which the great ends of the family organization may be secured; and a means by which the worship of God may be extended and perpetuated amidst the families of this land. A. B. S PASE

From Greenland's icy mountains .
From all that dwell below the skies
From earliest dawn of life


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God of the morning, at thy voice
God of my life, my morning song
Great God! my early vows to thee
Great God, to thee my evening song
Glory to thee, my God, this night
God of our fathers, by whose hand
Great God! this sacred day of thine
Great God, we sing thy mighty hand
God of our lives, thy various praise
Great God, at thy command
Great Saviour, let thy power divine
Great Sun of righteousness, arise
Great God, whose universal sway
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
Great God, I own thy sentence just


Hosanna, with a cheerful sound
How pleasant 'tis to see
Hail, happy day! thou day of holy rest
How still and peaceful is the grave
How pleasing is the voice
How soft the words my Saviour speaks
Hark! the voice of love and mercy
How vain are all things here below
Hail, sacred truth! whose piercing rays
How precious, Lord, thy sacred word
How shall the young secure their hearts
How bless'd the righteous when he dies
Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims
How blest is our brother bereft
How short and hasty is our life
Hark !—that shout of rapturous joy
Heav'n is the land where troubles cease

Indulgent God, whose bounteous care

Indulgent Father, by whose care

In mercy, Lord, remember me

Inspirer and Hearer of prayer

In all my vast concerns with Thee

In this calm impressive hour

Is there a time when moments flow

I love to steal awhile away ,

Softly now the light of day 262

Saviour, breathe an evening blessing 263

Safely through another week 267

Soon as the morning rays appear 273

Safely through another week 278

Sweet is the time of spring 288

Stern winter throws his icy chains 290

Sing to the Lord, exalt him high 292

Saviour, visit thy plantation 294

Sovereign of worlds above 295

Sovereign of worlds! display thy power .... 296

Salvation, O the joyful sound 309

Show pity, Lord; O Lord, forgive 310

Stretch'd on the cross the Saviour dies .... 310

Sweet is the scene when Christians die .... 324

Shine on our souls, eternal God 327

Thou that dost my life prolong 254

Thou, gracious Lord, art my defence ..... 255

Thrice happy souls, who, born of heaven .... 257

Thus far the Lord has led me on 258

The day is past and gone ....... 261

The night shall hear me raise my song .... 264

Thou, Lord, through every changing scene .... 272

Thine earthly Sabbaths, Lord, we love .... 280

The flow'ry spring, at God's command .... 287

The winter is over and gone .'..... 289

To praise the ever bounteous Lord ..... 290

The Lord is good, the heavenly king ..... 292

'Twas for my sins, my dearest Lord 310

'Twas by an order from the Lord 317

That once lov'd form, now cold and dead .... 320

The grave is now a favour'd spot 321

'Tis nnish'd, the conflict is past 322

The time is short! Sinners beware ..... 325

Thee we adore, Eternal Name 326

To-morrow, Lord, is thine 327

That awful day will surely come 331

There is an hour of hallow'd peace ..... 332

There is a land of pure delight 334

There is an hour of peaceful rest 335