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2 Ten thousand dying souls
Its influence feel—and live;
Sweeter than vital air
The incense they receive:
They breathe anew, and rise and sing
Jesus, the Lord, their conq'ring King.
3 But sinners scorn the grace,
That brings salvation migh:
They turn their face away,
And faint, and fall, and die.
So sad a doom, ye saints, deplore-
For Oh! they fall to rise no more.
HYMN 294. 8, 7, 4. Kelly.
Cry aloud. Isa. lviii. 1.
1 MEN of God, go take your stations;
Darkness reigns throughout the earth;
Go, proclaim among the nations,
Joyful news of heav'nly birth;
Bear the tidings
Of the Saviour's matchless worth.
2 What though earth and hell united,
Should oppose the Saviour's plan?
Plead his cause, nor be affrighted:
Fear ye not the face of man:
Wain their tumult,
Stop his work they never can. .
3 When expos'd to fearful dangers,
Jesus will his own defend:
Borne afar 'midst foes and strangers,
Jesus will appear your friend:
And his presence
Shall be with you to the end.
HYMN 295. L. M.
Prayer for a sick Minister.
1 O THOU, before whose gracious throne,
We bow our suppliant spirits down;
Avert thy swift descending stroke,
Nor smite the shepherd of the flock.
2 Restore him, sinking to the grave;
Stretch out thine arm, make haste to save;
Back to our hopes and wishes give,
And bid our friend and father live.
3 Bound to each soul by tend’rest ties,
In every breast his image lies;
Thy pitying aid, O God, impart,
Nor rend him from each bleeding heart.
4 Yet, if our supplications fail,
And pray'rs and tears cannot prevail;
Be thou his strength, be thou his stay,
And guide him safe to endless day.
- *wors". 296,297. HYMN 296. C. M. Doddridge.
Comfbrt under the loss of Ministers.
1 WHAT—tho' the arm of conquering death
Does God's own house invade;
What—though the Prophet and the Priest
Be number'd with the dead!
2 Though earthly shepherds dwell in dust,
The aged and the young;
The watchful eye in darkness clos'd,
And mute th’ instructive tongue:
3 Th’ Eternal Shepherd still survives,
New comforts to impart;
His eye still guides us, and his voice
Still animates our heart.
4 Then let our drooping hearts revive,
And all our tears be dry;
Why should those eyes be drown'd in grief,
Which view a Saviour nigh?
HYMN 297. S. M. Dwight.
1 I LOVE thy kingdom, Lord,
The house of thine abode,
The church our blest Redeemer sav'd,
With his own precious "#,
2 If e'er to bless thy sons,
My voice, or hands deny,
These hands let useful skill forsake,
This voice in silence die.
3 If e'er my heart forget
Her welfare, or her wo,
Let every joy this heart forsake,
And every grief o'erflow.
4 For her my tears shall fall;
For her my prayers ascehd;
To her my cares and toils be giv'n,
Till toils and cares shall end.
HYMN 298. 8, 7. Newton. - Sicilian Hymn. Northampton Chapel. Declension lamented.
1 ONCE, O Lord, thy garden flourish'd,
£ part look’d gay and green;
Then thy word our spirits mourish'd,
Happy seasons we have seen :
2. But a drought has since succeeded,
And a sad decline we see;
Lord, thy help is greatly needed,
Help can only come from thee.
3 Some, in whom we once delighted,
We shall meet no more below;
Some, alas! we fear are blighted,—
Scarce a single leaf they show.
4 Dearest Saviour, hasten hither, Th:" make them bloom again;
Oh, permit them not to wither,
Let not all our hopes be vain!
HYMN 299. L. M. Leeds. St. Catharine's. 1 O SUN of Righteousness divine, On us with beams of mercy shine, Chase the dark clouds of guilt away, And turn our darkness into day. 2. While mourning o'er our guilt and shame, And asking mercy in thy name, Dear Saviour, cleanse us with thy blood, And be our Advocate with God. 3 Sustain, when sinking in distress, And guide us through this wilderness, Teach our low thoughts from earth to rise, And lead us onward to the skies.
HYMN 300. C. M.
I HOW few the word of God regard,
Or seek their Maker's face:
In vain the gospel is proclaim’d,
If not enforc’d by grace.
2 Almighty God, exert thy power, And melt the stony breast;
Then shall thy justice be ador'd,
Thy mercy stand *: