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OF SETTING FORTH
THE MOST WORTHY PRAISE
ACCORDING TO THE USAGE OF THE
NATURE, ORIGIN, AND PROGRESS
I speak as unto wise men; judge ye what I say.
1 Cor. x. 15.
BY THE REV. WILLIAM SMITH, D. D.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY T, AND J. SWORDS,
No. 160 Pearl-Street.
THE RIGHT REVEREND THE BISHOP,
THE REVEREND THE CLERGY,
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED
FROM numerous and credible testimonies
it appears that the usage of chanting the psalms and hymns of public worship obtained in the times of the apostles, and continued to be common to all Christian nations, until about two hundred and sixty years since, when it was, in several parts of Europe, more or less interrupted by the struggles of the reformation. It does not appear from any of the histories or tracts relative to the Church of England, that there was any difference between the psalmodic usage of the Cathedral, Collegiate, and Parochial Churches, until the year 1549, when some of the parish-churches began to discontinue the practice of chanting the psalms and hymns, and others to reject the use of music altogether in public worship. But notwith standing a temporary interruption, occasioned by adversaries to primitive truth and order, prosaic psalmody was re-established after the lapse of a few years, and continues to be esti: mated as one of our mother-church's brightest ornaments.
In every Liturgy, ancient and modern, we