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HYMN 296. c. M. Doddridge.
Comfort under the loss of Ministers.
1 HAT-tho' the arm of conquering death Does God's own house invade; What—tho’ the Prophet and the Priest Be number'd with the dead!
2 Tho' earthly shepherds dwell in dust, The aged and the young;
The watchful eye in darkness clos'd,
And mute the 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.
Love to the Church.
I I LOVE thy kingdom, Lord,
The house of thine abode,
The church our blest Redeemer sav'd,
With his own precious blood. .
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 Ife'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 ascend;
To her my cares and toils be giv'n,
*Till toils and cares shall end.
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,
Thou canst make them bloom again;
Oh, permit them not to wither,
Let not all our hopes be vain :
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 thro’ this wilderness; Teach our low thoughts from earth to rise, And lead us onward to the skies.
HYMN 300. c. M.
Isa. liii. 1.
I Ho 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 conford.”
3 The scorner then shall mourn in dust,
And put his sins away;
No more resist his Maker's hands,
But lift his own to pray.
l L°. in a labyrinth of sin,
Long have we wander'd to and fro,
The wilderness hath shut us in,
And only faith the way can show;
And only pray’r can lend the clue,
And guide our weary footsteps through.
2 Jesus, thou sov’reign Lord of all,
The same thro' one eternal day,
Attend thy feeble followers’ call,
And Oh, instruct us how to pray:
Pour out the supplicating grace,
And stir us up to seek thy face.
HYMN 302. C. M. KELLY. Amos vii. 2. l Y whom shall Jacob now arise P
For Jacob's friends are few : And, what should fill us with surprise, They seem divided too.
2. By whom shall Jacob now arise?
For Jacob's foes are strong,
I read their triumph in their eyes,
3 By whom shall Jacob now arise?
Can any tell by whom 2
Say, shall this branch that wither'd lies,
Again revive and bloom?
4 Lord, thou canst tell—the work is thine,
The help of man is vain—
On Jacob now arise and shine,
And he shall live again.
I EAR Saviour, if these lambs should
From thy secure enclosure's bound,
And, lur’d by worldly joys away,
Among the thoughtless crowd be found;
2 Remember still that they are thine,
That thy dear sacred name they bear,
Think that the seal of love divine,—
The sign of cov'nant grace they wear.
3 In all their erring, sinful years,
Oh, let them ne'er forgotten be ;
Remember all the pray'rs and tears,
Which made them consecrate to thee.
4 And when these lips no more can pray,
These eyes can weep for them no more,
Turn thou their feet from folly's way,
The wand’rers to thy fold restore.