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2 Hark! hark!—the sounds draw nigh,
He comes to bless our fallen race;
He comes with messages of grace.
3 Bear, bear the tidings round;
Ye winds that blow, ye waves that roll,
Bear the glad news from pole to pole.
4 Strike, strike the harps again,
HYMN 445. 7, 6. Montgomery.
2 He comes, with succor speedy, To those who suffer w":j
To help the poor and needy, And bid the weak be strong; To give them songs for sighing, Their darkness turn to light, Whose souls condemn’d and dying, Were precious in his sight. 3 He shall come down, like showers Upon the fruitful earth, And love and joy, like flowers, Spring in nis path to birth: Before him, on the mountains, Shall peace the herald go, And righteousness in fountains From hill to valley flow.
4 For Him shall pray'r unceasing,
And daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,
The tide of time shall never
His name shall stand for ever;
HYMN 446. L. M.
We to his holy laver bring
These happy converts, who have known And trusted in his grace alone.
2 Lord, in thy house they seek thy face; Oh, bless them with peculiar grace; Refresh their souls with love divine; Let beams of glory round them shine.
3 Ye, who your native vileness mourn,
Arise, his gracious call obey,
HYMN 447. L. M. Collyer. Bath. Kent. Household Baptism. 1 UNITED pray'rs ascend to thee, Eternal parent of mankind; Smile on this waiting family— Thy face they seek, and let them find.
2 Let the dear pledges of their love, Like tender plants around them grow; Thy present grace, and joys above, Upon their little ones bestow.
3 Receive, at their believing hand,
4. To ev'ry member of their house,
HYMN 448. C. M. Doddridge.
St. Ann's. Arlington.
1 SEE Israel's gentle Shepherd stand
3 We bring them, Lord, in thankful hands, And yield them up to thee; Joyful that we ourselves are thine, hine let our offspring be. 4 Ye little flock, with pleasure hear; Ye children seek his face; And fly with transports to receive The blessings of his grace. 5 If orphans they are left behind, Thy guardian care we trust; That care shall heal our bleeding heart, If weeping o'er their dust.
HYMN 449. C. M. Hyde. Barby. Clarendon. Chapel. 1 SHEPHERD, who lead'st with tender care, The feeble of thy fold,— Who dost regard the weakest there, And #" steps uphold;
2 This little helpless lamb receive, In mercy, to thy breast; * And let parental fondness leave It safely there to rest. 3 Surround it with thy guardian love, Through all life's dang'rous way; Ne'er let it from thy pastures rove, Nor be the lion's prey. 4 In thine eternal, heav'nly home, Oh, let it find a place; And be, when life and toils are done, A trophy of thy grace.
HYMN 450. C. M. Doddridge. - Barby. Bedford. Canterbury. Practical Improvement. Col. iii. 1. 1 ATTEND, ye children of your God, . Ye heirs of glory, hear; For accemts, so divine as these, Might charm the dullest ear. 2 Baptiz'd into your Saviour's death, our souls to sin must die: With Christ, your Lord, ye live anow, With Christ ascend on high. 3 There, by his Father's side he sits Enthron'd, divinely fair; Yet owns himself your Brother still, And your Forerunner there. 4 Rise from these earthly trifles, rise On wings of faith and love; Above, your choicest treasure lies, And be your hearts above.