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452. The Minister's Strength, office, and Reward.
(Ephes. iv. 7-13.) L. M.
Lord, Thine appointed servants bless ;
And clothe Thy priests with righteousness. 2 Wisdom, and zeal, and faith impart,
Firmness and meekness from above,
And love the souls whom Thou dost love :
By day and night their guard to keep
Protect Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.
Let them in hope their charge resign;
And there with endless glory shine. 453. The Minister's Vows and Responsibility. C. M.
(1 Tim. iii. 13.)
And these are set apart,
With undivided heart.
Which God and man have heard,
In action, and in word.
Hast set Thine Orders three,
To win a good degree ;
And in their office tried,
454. “ Will God in very deed dwell with Men?”
(2 Chron. vi. 18—21.) L. M.
Here to abide, no transient guest?
And here the Holy Spirit rest?
Yet choose not, Lord, this house alone :
In ev'ry bosom fix Thy throne.
And dying sinners pray to live,
And when Thou hearest, forgive.
The blessed gospel of Thy Son,
Be mighty deeds of mercy done. 455.
“ Where Two or Three, fc." C. M.
(Matt. xviii. 20.)
Thy presence now display;
So give us hearts to pray.
Our feeble hope to raise ;
That we may render praise.
The contrite heart bestow;
To make our graces grow.
In faith address our prayers ;
Unbosom all our cares.
Enforc'd by grace divine,
456. For the Restoration of the Jews. L. M.
Diffuse its beams on Jacob's race :
And call them to their native land.
And wilt thou never, Lord, return?
Their trespass hide, their pardon seal :
And bid its kindled flames expire.
And wake to joy each grateful heart :
Their bliss and full salvation see. 457. “ Ye shall seek Me, fic." (John vii. 34.) L. M. 1 GREAT God of Abr’am! hear our prayer;
Let Abram's seed Thy mercy share :
And look on Him they pierc'd and mourn. 2 Remember Jacob's flock of old;
Bring home the wand'rers to Thy fold
“ Israel at last shall seek the Lord.”
Cut off from their own olive-tree,
For Thou canst graft them in again.
Cause them to choose the better part;
Which hides Messiah from their view. 5 Oh! haste the day, foretold so long,
When Jew and Greek (a glorious throrg)
shall pour, And one Redeemer shall adore.
(Isia. Ivü. 2)
When all is peaceful and serene,
Sheds a mild lustre o'er the scene!
So peacefully he sinks to rest;
Lights up the languor of his breast.
A smile upon his wasted cheek,
In language that no tongue can speak.
The pilgrim on his gloomy road;
To bear him to their bright abode
Whom God's own Spirit deigns to bless ?
Than wake to perfect happiness!
Thy joys to share, Thy face to see,
And teach us now to walk with Thee. 438. “It is appointed unto Men once to Die.” C. M.
(Heb. ix. 27.)
The solemn purport weigh;
On that important day:
Must wake the Judge to see;
Must pass His scrutiny.
Our Saviour and our Friend,
440.“ In Christ shall all be made Alive.” C. M.
(1 Cor. xv. 22.)
Or shake at death’s alarms ?
To call them to His arms.
Their bodies to the tomb?
And left a long perfume.
And soften'd every bed :
But with their dying Head?
And bid our kindred rise :
Ye saints, ascend the skies.
(1 Thess. iv, 13.) 11th P.M. 1 THOU’rt gone to the grave! but we will not deplore thee,
Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb; Thy Saviour has past through its portals before thee ;
The lamp of His love was thy guide thro' the gloom. 2 Thou art gone to the grave! we no longer behold thee,
Nor tread the rough path of the world by thy side ; But the wide arms of mercy are spread to unfold thee,
And sinners may hope, since the Saviour hath died. 3 Thou art gone to the grave! and, its mansion forsaking,
Perhaps thy tried spirit in doubt linger'd long ;
And the song which thou heard'st was the seraphim's song. 4 Thou art gone to the grave! but we will not deplore thee,
Since God was thy ransom, thy guardian, and guide; He gave thee, He took thee, and He will restore thee, And death has no sting, for the Saviour has died.