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“ Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1831, by Isaac L. Kip, (on behalf of the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church,) in the Giese growthe Druct Court of the Southern District of New York: PUBLIC LIBRARY


From the Acts aled! Proceedinka of the General Synod of the Reformed

Dutch Church in North America.


Resolved, That the Rev. Thomas De Witt, D. D., William M Murray, D.D., Isaac Ferris, and the elders Peter D. Vroom, Jr., and John D. Keese, be a committee to select from the different cullections now published, Hymns on a variety of subjects, to constitute the second Book of Hymns, to be added to those now in use in all future editions of our Psalm and Hymn Book, and that said committee report such selection to the next General Synod for their approbation.

In Session, JUNE 1831.

T committee appointed by the last General Synod, reported a selection of Hymns. Whereupon the following resolutions were adopted.

1. Resolved, That the said additional hymns reported by the Committee ap pointed by the General Synod in 1830, be accepted, ordered to be published as a second book of Hymns, and authorized to be used by the churches in the same manner as the Psalms and Hymns now in use.

2. Resolved, That all future editions of the Psalm Book shall contain the additional hymns, together with the canons of the church, as sooni as the Board of Direction of the corporation shall be able to make the necessary asrangements with the Publisher.

3. Resolded, That a separate edition of the Additional Hymns be published.

4. Resolved, That the Board of Direction of the Corporation be directed to take out separate Copy-Rights for each of the books, and authorize their pablication; and that they superintend the publication of the first edition of each book,




Perfections of God.

HYMN 1. L. M.

Creation Praising God.
NHE spacious firmament on high,
And spangled heav'ns a shining frame,

Their great Original proclaim.
2 The unwearied sun, from day to day,

Does his Creator's pow'r display,
And publishes to every land,

The work of an Almighty hand.
3 Soon as the evening shades prevail,

The moon takes up the wondrous tale;
And, nightly, to the list ning earth,

Repeats the story of her birth;
4 Whilst all the stars that round her burn,

And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,

And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What though in solemn silence all

Move round this dark terrestrial ball;
What though no real voice nor sound

Amidst their radiant orbs be found; 6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,

And utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing as they shine,
“ The hand that made us is divine,"

HYMN 2. C. M.
Sovereignty and Decrees of God.
"EEP silence-all created things,
And wait

: My soul stands trembling while she sings

The honors of her God. 2 Life, death, and hell, and worlds unknown,

Hang on his firm decree;
He sits on no precarious throne,

Nor borrows leave—TO BE.
3 Chain'd to his throne a volume lies,
With all the fates of men ;



With ev'y angel's form and size,

Drawn by th' eternal pen.
4 His providence unfolds the book,

And makes his counsels shine;
Each op'ning leaf, and ev'ry stroke,

Fulfils some deep design.
5 Here he exalts neglected worms,

To sceptres and a crown;
And there, the following page he turns,

And treads the monarch down. 6 Not Gabriel asks the reason why,

Nor God the reason gives;
Nor dares the fav’rite angel pry

Between the folded leaves.
7 My God, I would not long to see

My fate, with curious eyes ;
What gloomy lines are writ for me,

Or what bright scenes may rise. 8 In thy fair book of life and grace,

O may I find my name,
Recorded in some humble place,


Lord-the Lamb.
HYMN 3. C. M.

Lode of God. 1 COME ye that know and fear the Lord,

And lift your souls above;
Let ev'ry heart and voice accord,

To sing that God is love.
2 This precious truth his word declares,

And all his mercies prove;
Jesus, the gift of gifts, appears

To show, that God is love.
3 Sinai, in clouds, and smoke, and fire,

Thunders his dreadful name;
But Zion sings, in melting notes,

The honors of the Lamb.
4 In all his doctrines and commands,

His counsels and designs-
In ev'ry work his hands have fram'd

His love supremely shines.
6 Angels and men the news proclaim,

Thro' earth and heaven above,
The joyful and transporting news,
That God, the Lord, is love.

HYMN 4. C. M.

Goodness of God. i THY goodness, Lord, our souls confess,

Thy goodness we adore,

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A praise ;

A spring whose blessings never fail,

A sea without a shore.
2 Sun, moon, and stars, thy love attest,

In ev'ry golden ray;
Love draws the curtains of the night,

And love brings back the day.
3 Thy bounty ev'ry season crowns,

With all the bliss it yields;
With joyful clusters loads the vines--

With strength’ning grain, the fields.
4 But chiefly thy compassion, Lord,

Is in the gospel seen;
There like a sun thy mercy shines,

Without a cloud between.
5 Pardon, acceptance, peace, and joy,

Through Jesus' name are given;
He on the cross was lifted high,
That we might reign in heaven.

HYMN 5. L. M.

Loving-kindness of God.
1 WAKE my soul to joyful lays,

He justly claims a song from me,

His loving-kindness, Oh, how free!
2 He saw me ruin'd in the fall,

Yet lov'd me not withstanding all :
He say'd me from my lost estate,

His loving-kindness, Oh, how great!
3 Tho’num'rous hosts of mighty foes,

Tho' earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along,

His loving-kindness, Oh, how strong !
4 When trouble, like a gloomy cloud,

Has gather'd thick, and thunder'd loud,
He near my soul has always stood,

His loving-kindness, Oh, how good!
5 Often I feel my sinful heart,

Prone from my Jesus to depart;
But though I have him oft forgot,

His loving-kindness changes not.
6 Soon shall I pass the gloomy vale,

Soon all my mortal pow'rs must fail;
Oh! may my last expiring breath

His loving-kindness sing in death.
✓ Then let me mount, and soar away

To the bright world of endless day,
And sing with rapture, and surprise,
His loving-kindness in the skies.

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Help us to praise !
Father all glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come and reign over us,

Ancient of days.
2 Jesus, our Lord, arise,
Scatter our enemies,

And make them fall!
Let thine almighty aid
Our sure defence be made :
Our souls on thee be stay'd :

Lord, hear our call !
3 Come, thou incarnate Word,
Gird on thy mighty sword;

Our pray'r attend !
Come, and thy people bless,
And give thy word success ;
Spirit of holiness,

On us descend !
4 Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear,

In this glad hour!
Thou, who almighty art,
Now rule in ev'ry heart,
And ne'er from us depart,

Spirit of pow'r.
5 To the great ONE in THREE,
The highest praises be,

Hence evermore !
His sov'reign majesty,
May we in glory see,
And to eternity

Love and adore.


Advent of Christ.

HYMN 7. C. M.

Nativity of Christ. 1 TORTALS, awake, with angels join,

And chant the solemn lay:
Joy, love, and gratitude, combine

'To hail th' auspicious day.
2 In heav'n the rapt'rous song began,

And sweet seraphic fire
Through all the shining legions ran,

And strung and tun'd the lyre.

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