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AFELY through another week

God has brought us on our way;
Let us now a blessing seek,

Waiting in His courts to-day; Day of all the week the best,

Emblem of eternal rest. 2 While we pray for pardoning grace,

Through the dear Redeemer's name, Show Thy reconciled face;

Take away our sin and shame; From our worldly cares set free, May we rest this day in Thee.

3 Here we come Thy name to praise,

Let us feel Thy presence near; May Thy glory meet our eyes,

While we in Thy house appear: Here afford us, Lord, a taste

Of our everlasting feast. 4 May Thy gospel's joyful sound

Conquer sinners, comfort saints; May the fruits of grace abound,

Bring relief for all complaints: Thus may all our Sabbaths prove Till we join the Church above.

John Newton, 1774: alt.

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But pass not from us with the sun, True Light that light'nest

men.

1 OUR day of praise is done,

The evening shadows fall;
But pass not from us with the sun,

True Light that lightenest all.
2 Around the throne on high,

Where night can never be,
The white-robed harpers of the sky

Bring ceaseless hymns to Thee.
3 Too faint our anthems here;

Too soon of praise we tire;
But ( the strains how full and clear,

Of that eternal choir!
4 Yet, Lord, to Thy dear will,

If Thou attune the heart,
We in Thine angels' music still

May bear our lower part.
5 'Tis Thine each soul to calm,

Each wayward thought reclaim,
And make our life a daily psalm

Of glory to Thy name.
6 A little while, and then

Shall come the glorious end;
And songs of angels and of men

In perfect praise shall blend.

John Ellerton, 1868, 71

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MILLIONS within Thy courts have met,

Millions this day before Thee bowed;
Their faces Zionward were set,

Vows with their lips to Thee they vowed.

2 Still as the light of morning broke

O'er island, continent, or deep, Thy far-spread family awoke,

Sabbath all round the world to keep.

3 From east to west the sun surveyed,

From north to south, adoring throngs;
And still, when evening stretched her shade,

The stars came out to hear their songs.

4 And not a prayer, a tear, a sigh,

Hath failed this day some suit to gain; To those in trouble Thou wert nigh,

Not one has sought Thy face in vain.

5 Yet one prayer more, and be it one

In which both heaven and earth accord;
Fulfil Thy promise to Thy Son,
Let all that breathe call Jesus, Lord!

James Montgomery, 1841

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to us Thine own sure word, And be Thou here Thy - self, O Lord. A- men.

1 THOU in whose name the two or three

1 Are met to-day to meet with Thee,
Fulfil to us Thine own sure word,
And be Thou here Thyself, O Lord.

2 To-day our week, but now begun,

Already half its course hath run;
To Thee are known its toils and cares,
To Thee its trials and its snares.

3 Thou, by whose grace alone we live,

Our oft-repeated sins forgive;
Be Thou our Counsel, Help, and Stay,
Through all the perils of our way.

4 Give thankful hearts Thy gifts to share;
Give steadfast wills Thy cross to bear;
And when life's working days are past,
Give rest with all Thy saints at last.

John Ellerton, 1871

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5 Wide as the world is Thy command,

Vast as eternity Thy love;
Firm as a rock Thy truth must stand,
When rolling years shall cease to move.

Isaac Watts, 1706, 1719: v. 1, lines 1, 2, alt. John Wesley 1736

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