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452. The Minister's Strength, office, and Reward.

(Ephes. iv. 7-13.) L. M.
1 POUR down Thy Spirit from on high ;

Lord, Thine appointed servants bless;
Thy promis'd power to each supply,

And clothe Thy priests with righteousness. 2 Wisdom, and zeal, and faith impart,

Firmness and meekness from above,
To bear Thy people in their heart,

And love the souls whom Thou dost love :
3 To watch, and pray, and never faint;

By day and night their guard to keep
To warn the sinner, cheer the saint,

Protect Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.
4 And, when their work is finish'd here,

Let them in hope their charge resign ;
Before the throne with joy appear,

And there with endless glory shine. 453. The Minister's Vows and Responsibility. C. M.

(1 Tim. iii. 13.)
1 AND now the solemn rite is past,

And these are set apart,
To serve the Lord from first to last

With undivided heart.
2 And they a soleion pledge have given,

Which God and man have heard,
To learn and speak the truth of heaven,

In action, and in word.
3 0 Thou, who in Thy holy place

Hast set Thine Orders three,
Grant these, Thy chosen servants, grace

To win a good degree;
4 That so replenish'd from above,

And in their office tried,
Thou may'st be honor'd, and in love
Thy Church be edified.

454.

Will God in very deed dwell with Men?

(2 Chron. vi. 18—21.) L. M.
1 AND will, indeed, Jehovah deign

Here to abide, no transient guest ?
Here will the world's Redeemer reign?

And here the Holy Spirit rest?
2 That glory never hence depart !

Yet choose not, Lord, this house alone :
Thy kingdom come to ev'ry heart,

In ev'ry bosom fix Thy throne.
3 Here, when Thy people seek Thy face,

And 'dying sinners pray to live,
Hear Thou in heaven, Thy dwelling place,

And when Thou hearest, o forgive.
4 Here when Thy messengers proclaim

The blessed gospel of Thy Son,
Still by the power of His great name

Be mighty deeds of mercy done. 455.

Where Two or Three, &c." C. M.

(Matt. xviii. 20.)
1 GREAT Shepherd of Thy people, hear ;

Thy presence now display ;
As Thou hast giv'n a place for prayer,

So give us hearts to pray.
2 Show us some token of Thy love

Our feeble hope to raise ;
And pour Thy blessings from above,

That we may render praise.
3 The hearing ear, the watchful eye,

The contrite heart bestow ;.
And shine upon us from on high,

To make our graces grow.
4 [ay we in faith eive Thy word,

In faith address our prayers ;
And in the presence of the Lord

Unbosom all our cares.
5 And may Thy gospel's joyful sound,

Enforc'd by grace divine,
Awaken many sinners round,
And bend their wills to Thine.

456.
For the Restoration of the Jews. L. M.

(Psalm lxxxv.)
1 ARISE O God! and let Thy grace

Diffuse its beams on Jacob's race :
Restore the long-lost scatter'd band

And call them to their native land.
2 How long shall Jacob's offspring prove

The sad suspension of Thy love?
For ever shall Thine anger burn?

And wilt thou never, Lord, return?
3 In pity their backslidings heal,

Their trespass hide, their pardon seal:
Check in mid course Thy dreadful ire,

And bid its kindled flames expire.
4 Thy quick’ning spirit now impart,

And wake to joy each grateful heart :
May Israel's ransom'd tribes in Thee

Their bliss and full salvation see. 457. “ Ye shall seek Me,&c.” (John vii. 34.) L. M. 1 GREAT God of Abr’am I hear our prayer; Let Abr'am's seed Thy mercy

share : Oh! may they now at length return,

And look on Him they pierc'd and mourn. 2 Remember Jacob's flock of old ;

Bring home the wand'rers to Thy fold
Remember too Thy promis'd word,

“ Israel at last shall seek the Lord.
3 Though outcasts still, estranged from Thee,

Cut off from their own olive-tree,
Why should they longer such remain ?

For Thou canst graft them in again.
4 Lord ! put Thy law within their heart;

Cause them to choose the better part;
The veil of darkness rend in two,

Which hides Messiah from their view. 5 Oh! haste the day, foretold so long,

When Jew and Greek (a glorious throrg)
One house shall seek, one prayer shall pour,
And one Redeemer shall adore.

458. “ God is able to Graff them in again." L. M.

(Rom. xi. 23.)
1 0! WHY should Israel's sons, once blest,

Still roam the scorning world around;
Disown'd of heaven, by man opprest,

Outcasts from Sion's hallow'd ground !
2 O God of Israel, rend in twain

The vail which hides their Shiloh's light;
The sever'd olive-branch again

To its own parent stock unite.
3 While Judah views his birthright gone,

With contrite shame his bosom move
The Saviour he denied to own;

The Lord he crucified to love.
4 Haste, glorious day, expected long,
When Jew and Greek one prayer

shall raise,
With
eager

feet one temple throng; One God with mutual rapture praise ! 459.“ “ The Day-spring from on high hath visited Us."

(Luke i. 78.) 9th P. M.
1 YES, we trust the day is breaking,

Joyful times are near at hand,
God, the mighty God, is speaking

By His word, in ev'ry land; Mark His progress,--darkness Aies at His command. 2 While the foe becomes more daring,

While he enters like a flood,
God, the Saviour, is preparing,

Means to spread His truth abroad; Ev'ry language--soon shall tell the love of God. 3 Oh! 'tis pleasant, 'tis reviving,

To our hearts, to hear each day
Joyful news, from far arriving,

How the Gospel wins its way; Those enlightning-who in death and darkness lay. 4 God of Jacob, high and glorious,

Let Thy people see Thy hand;
Let the Gospel be victorious

Through the world, in ev'ry land;
Let the idols-perish, Lord, at Thy command.

The weary

460. Universal Reign of Christ. (Psalm lxxii.) L. M.

1 OUR Lord shall reign where'er the sun

Doth his successive journies run:
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
2 To Him shall endless pray'r be made,

And princes throng to crown His head;
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise

With ev'ry morning sacrifice.
3 People and realms of ev'ry tongue

Dwell on His love with sweetest song ;
And infant voices shall proclaim

Their early blessings on His name.
4 Blessings abound where'er He reigns ;
The pris’ner leaps to loose his chains;

find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.
5 Let ev'ry creature rise, and bring

Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,

And earth repeat the loud Amen. 461. God the Protector of His Servants. C. M.

(Psalm cvii.)
1 HOW are Thy servants bless'd 0 Lord !

How sure is their defence!
Eternal wisdom is their guide;

Their help omnipotence.
2 In forcign realms, and lands remote,

Supported by Thy care,
Through burning climes they pass unhurt,

And breathe in tainted air.
3 From all their dangers and their fears

Thy mercy sets them free,
While in the confidence of prayer

Their souls take hold on Thee.
4 In midst of dangers, fears and deaths,

We will Thy name adore;
We praise Thee for Thy mercies past,
And trust Thy grace for more!

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