A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship

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A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship was compiled by William Gadsby, a minister of the Gospel Standard Strict Baptists in England. This hymn book was first published in 1814 in Manchester and contains 1156 hymns (words only) by authors such as Gadsby, Augustus M. Toplady, Isaac Watts, Joseph Hart, John Cennick, John Newton, John Berridge, and William Cowper. There is a Web site listing the titles and some of the hymn texts of the last edition (1835). The hymnal is currently available in three editions as follows: leather binding and India paper, 895 pp.; hardback, 895 pp.; and a Kivar edition, 473 pp.. The hymn book is used by the Gospel Standard Strict Baptists in England and the United States and a few Old School or Primitive Baptist churches in the United States. Many of the Strict Baptists use the Companion Tune Book - a musical score of 1011 hymn tunes designed as a companion to Gadsby’s hymn book. The hymn book was never widely used in churches outside the U. K., but there is some renewed interest in it among Calvinistic Baptists as devotional poetry.

Gadsby also published Nazarene's Songs, containing about 250 of his own hymns.

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