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consisted of eighteen stanzas ; and which, in the seventeenth edition of Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Pine, Bristol; 1773), was reduced to eleven stanzas; then beginning as in the present text. In the Hymn-Book for Methodists, it consists of ten stanzas; one of which is taken from the earlier edition, and is not in that of 1773.
xlviii.—Four out of five stanzas. That omitted is the fourth of Watts.
lii.—Five out of eight stanzas. Those omitted are the fourth, fifth, and seventh of Watts.
lv.—Six out of seven stanzas. That omitted is the third of N ewton.
Lvii.—This hymn, as here given, was introduced into the Marylebone Collection (1851) from a poem of some length, published in 1831, in The Iris, a volume edited by the Rev. Thomas Dale. The text (which will be found at page 139 of that volume) is unaltered, except that the first word " Saviour," has been brought down from a preceding line, in substitution for the words "And then," so as to give to these stanzas an independ­ent beginning.
lviii.—Nine out of eleven stanzas. Those omitted are the fifth and seventh of Mrs. Barbauld.
lx.—From Lyra Davidica, 1708, but brought into general use in The Compleat Psalmodist, by John Arnold; of which the second edition was published in 1750. The " Gloria," which constitutes the fourth stanza, goes with the hymn in some modern books, and suits it so well, that I have ventured to retain it. This "Gloria" is certainly by Charles Wesley; it will be found at page 242 of the fourth edition (1743) of the Hymns and Sacred Poems, by the two brothers.
lxi.—This hymn (No. 2, in the Rev. John Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church) is, as stated by himself in his Preface to that work, a variation from a translation of the same Latin original, by the Rev. Isaac Williams ; which had previously appeared in the British Magazine, and which is No. 2 in Mr. Williams' Hymns Translated from the Parisian Breviary (Rivingtons; 1839).
lxii.—A selection, adopted by me out of the Marylebone Hymn Book of 1851 (where it. is erroneously ascribed to A. Gray), from a hymn in nine stanzas of eight lines each, by the late Mr. George Mogridge, popularly known as " Old Humphrey." There is no alteration in the words; but the two tetrastichs composing the first stanza are transposed. The entire hymn will be found in My Poetry Book, published by the Religious Tract Society, at p. 128.
lxiv.—Dr. Neale's hymn is divided into thirteen unequal parts, the first seven of which constitute the present text.
lxv.—Three out of five stanzas contributed to the S.P.C.K. Hymnal, 1852 ; but the first stanza was added at a later revision.
lxviii.—The date assigned to this hymn, and to No. cccxcvm. are

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