A Collection of Spiritual Songs and Hymns

A Collection of Spiritual Songs and Hymns Selected from Various Authors by Richard Allen, African Minister (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1801). This collection, and its Second Edition published the same year with an additional ten hymns, mark the first known compilation by an African American for use in an African American congregation, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Richard Allen*, founder and pastor of the church, selected the texts that are included in the volume. No authorial indication is given for any of the texts in the volume itself. Of the 64 texts in the 2nd edition, thirteen are by Isaac Watts*, three by Charles Wesley*, and three by John Newton*. Four of the hymns...

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