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REV. T. D. FOSBROKE, M.A. F.A.S. &c. &c. fe

Published for the benefit of the Choir.




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confession of ignorance, as to the entity and acts

Choir-service indicated.

II. CHRON. CHAP. XXXV; VER. XV: " And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their placet,

according to the commandment of David." It was an opinion of all the ancient nations, that however invidious might be the ostentation of individuals for display and self-exaltation, no magnificence could possibly be too great for places of worship; and all the wealthy of a state were expected to be either founders of new temples, or benefactors to the old. Such was the general impression, for at no period of time has the Almighty suffered himself to be without witness. Indeed the necessities of our nature, all' within us, and all without us, must inevitably generate Religion; for Atheism however pretended, never actuallyexisted; or could exist. It never could imply more than of Deity. However rude the exhibition of refrigión

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sphere, and in higher realms to enjoy the presence of God, and be like to him and magnify him for

pen ever. I beni aronil hanteed but loss

olun It was natural for a man of such a beeste 301 Yoga,

Deus feelings to derive from music solace in adversity, and exultation in prosperity. It was a natural impulse, by which he was taught to abate so rrow,

ndan and augment happiness. It was a pure and rational method of expressing piety and praise, worthy the human ancestor of a holy Saviour. Accordingly he became the founder of Choir-service, in the celebration of divine worship. I do not mean that he was the first who connected music praise of God, for that was common among all nations, both before and after his æra. I only mean that he seems to have been the first patron

or author of its systematic incorporation with the

Hebrew Liturgy. The history of this event is given as follows, in the “ Book of Chronicles.” spake to the chief of the Levites, to appoint their brethren to be the singers, with instruments of music psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding

up the voice witl. joy. --So the singers, Heman, Asaph,

and Ethan were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass

, and Zechariah, and Aztel, and Shemiramoth and Jehiel, and Unni and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalterieta con

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