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839. T. 22.

2 Unto us thy name's sweet savor THE source, whence ev'ry sin doth

Is as ointment poured forth; i spring,

In thine eyes we have found favor, Is that we turn from Christ our King ;

Tho' deprav'd and void of worth; And hence it is, the giddy eye

And thy banner ::

Over us is love divine.
Imagines bliss in vanity:
2 Pleasure in things producing smart, 3 Now the conflict is decided,
And cleanness in an impure heart;

We count all things else but loss, Knowledge in blindest ignorance,

What with thee our hearts divided And plenty in deep indigence;

Now is pailed to thy cross, 3 We virgins have great cause to praise

Nouglit can please us :il: Thee, Lord, and grateful songs to raise, But the wounded Lamb of God. That, from the world's delusion free, 4. We will dwell on Calv'ry's mounWe wish to be made clean by thee; tain, 4 That they, who weep because of sin, Where the flocks of Zion feed; May be absolv'd and washed clean; Oft resort unto the fountain, Since thou wast in the flesh reveald, Open'd when the Lord did bleed, That by thy stripes we might be héáld, Thence deriving :

Grace, and life, and holiness. 840. T. 56.

5 There with trimmed lamps we'll WE thy virgins :||: claim thy special tarry,

Till the Lord comes from on high, Opreserveus, :||: Lord, from ev'ry snare; Watch in pray'r and ne'er be weary, May our hearts and senises be

But await the midnight cry: Fix'd, in true simplicity;

Haste to meet him, :11

: Onthesuff’rings://:thou for usdidst bear. Lo! the Bridegroom draweth nigh. 2 Uš deliver :/]: from the world and sin, 6 On that day of consummation, Let thy Spirit :||: rule alone within,

May we sinners mercy find, Ev'ry vain desire control,

Saved with complete salvation, And in spirit, body, soul,

And not one be left behind, Sanctify us :||: by thy grace divine, fl

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As wise virgins ::
.3 In temptation :|: may we firmly stand, May we then before thee stand!
Ever watchful:: as thou dost command:
Without thee we nought can do,
Strengthen and support us too

842. T. 26. In all trials,:ll: by thy mighty hand. 4Fix thy temple:/:Saviourin each breast, THY virgins, Lord, 'fore thee appear, Undisturbed :lle be our peace and rest! Conscious of their depravity, Let us on thy merits feed,

Yet longing to be heald by thee; In the path of grace proceed, Each mourning sinner deign to cheer. Be, in union :|:: with thee, ever blest.

2 From all false love cleanse ev'ry soul, 841.: T. 585

And us with sacred love inspire, WE thy virgins, Lord, implore thee:

O quench in us each base desire, Let us, cleans'd and purify'd,

And bear the sway without control. Walk in grace and truth before thee, 3. In mutual love and harmony, And in thee, our Lord, abide; Our virgin-cov'nant we renew, Sanctified ::

Say thou in grace Amen thereto; Both in body and in mind.

We give our hearts and hands to thee.

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2 The church'submits to Christ,her Lord; T. 22.

Thy will be done,” we pray: THOU Bridegroom of the soul! behold This teacheth wives, who love God's This part of thy beloved fold;

With meekness to obey; [word Thy virgins, who before thee met".

Adorned with humility; Here to perceive thy presence wait. They aid their husbands willingly; 2 Give

us, O Lord, to feel thy peace, Are clothed with the beauteous dress And let the sanctifying grace

Of Jesus' righteousness. Which flows from thy humanity,

846. T, 590. Make us well-pleasing unto thee.

WE humbly thee adore, O Lord, 3 O may we feel thy healing pow'r

For thy unbounded grace; And influence, ev'ry day and hour;

Astonish'd, in thy sacred word Thus all thy mercies which we prove, Thy love divine we trace: Will us excite to praise and love.

Thou hast the church in love redeem'a,

Thou gav'st thyself for us; F. For married People, We know we are by thee esteem'd, 844. T. 22.

When we behold thy cross. LORD, who ordain'dst the married

2 Grant unto ev'ry married pair,

By chaste unfeigned love, state, When thou didst man at first create,

By meekness, patience, faith and pray?r,

And all we do to prove,
Thou who thy body's Saviour art,
To all of us thy grace impart.

That we, united unto thee,

Are truly one in heart;
2 The husbands sanctify and bless, Thus we shall live eternally
Thy mind upon their hearts impress, With thee, and never part.
Teach them thy Spirit to obey
In all they do, we humble pray.

847.

T. 580.

To marry, led by fleshly schemes, 3 Unto the wives that grace dispense, And poison’d nature's foolish dreams, To cleave to thee with confidence, Grant they may love thee fervently,

Christians a curse esteem; And walk in true humility.

They wish to marry in the Lord,

Direct their marriage by his word, 4 Wisdom and faithfulness afford, And in this state to live to him. To train our children, gracious Lord, That in thy knowledge they may grow, To be a happy married pair,

848. Themselves & thee their Saviour know.

Approv'd by Jesus in their course, 5 Lord Jesus! may each married pair Comes not from nature e'er so fair, In all their walk thy praise declare; But love to him must be the source; O‘may their rule in all things be, Good sense and prudence, with a mind The union of thy church with thee. To lead a virtuous life, is far

From answering God's purpose kind, 845.

For which we all ordained'are. THE love which Jesus Christ displays |2 His Spirit teachęth us to know,

Towards the church, his bride, That we are sinners vile and base, None can describe, it far outweighs

And Jesus doth on us bestow All other love beside:

Remission of our sins, thro' grace: Believing husbands are to prove,

Thus we in all things richly prove By holy and unfeigned love

The Shepherd's care, and faithfulness, Towards their wives, that they indeed And, actuated by his love, [praise. Resemble Christ our Head.

In our whole walk show forth his

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T. 9

. O MAY our married state,

LOOK on ev'ry married pair, In duties small and great,

Jesus ! with compassion, In relations far and near,

Grant that each may richly share In its trials numberless,

In thy great salvation. In all cases whatsoe'er,

2 Be thou with us, then indeed Serve Christ's holy name to bless.

We shall lack no blessing, 2 May we, by Jesus' love

But with thee, O Christ, proceed, Constrained, clearly prove,

To meet joys unceasing. That we are his flock indeed,

Living branches in the Vine, 3 O may we in all we do Heav'nly plants, a holy seed,

Follow thy direction; Lights who in Christ's image shine! We commend ourselves anew

To thy kind protection. 850.

4 Let our children, gracious Lord, HEAD of thy blest congregation,

Share with us thy favor, Look on ev'ry married pair,

Grant they may be a reward Be our strength and our salvation,

Of thy death for ever. Keep us from all needless care, 2 For our sake, most gracious Saviour,

853. T. 22. Thou thy life and blood hast spent ; May we now in our behavior O LORD, who number’st all our days,

Thee and thy church represent. Who guardest us in all our ways, 3 No spoil'd creature had been able

In whom we live, and

move,

and

are, E’er to guide his steps aright

Who know'st our wants, and hearest In this state so venerable,

pray'r; Or to act as in thy sight;

2 To this thy handmaid grant thy peace, 4 Hadst thou not life and salvation Who comes to offer thanks and praise. By thy suff'rings for us gain'd,

To thee, her faithful cov'nant-God, And thereby sanctification

For the support thou hast bestow'd. For the married state obtain'd.

3 Thy pow'rful aid thou, gracious Lord, 5 Bless, O Lord, thy married people, In travail didst to her afford;

In thy blood, wash us clean; Her sorrows now are turn'd to praise, Help us, for we're weak and feeble, Her sighs and tears to grateful lays. And preserve us from all sin.

4 O Shepherd of thy chosen sheep!

Both child and mother bless and keep, 851. T. 114.

May they enjoy in their degree HEAD of thy church! thy fatherly The fruits of thy humanity. correction

5 Endow the parents with thy love, We have deservd: but pardon now And give them wisdom from above impart,

To educate this child for thee,
Give each of us a clean and docile heart;
O grant that we may weigh with due As thy redeemed property.
reflection

6 Grant us, and all our children, grace, The duties of the holy married state, So here on earth to run our race, While we for thy instruction humbly That we in heav'n may meet, and sing wait.

Eternal praise to thee, our King.

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T. 581. Kind Shepherd, take each little lam. PARENTS, weigh before the Lord

Into thy faithful arms of love ;

Cause them to know thy saving name, The importance of your state ;

And thy redeeming grace to prove. Learn from his most holy word, Your whole walk to regulate,

2 On us, their parents, grace bestow, That each to his family

That we, with care and faithfulness, May a blessed pattern be!

May lead them thee, our Lord to know, 2 All your children are his own,

T'obey thy word, and seek thy face. He hath bought them with his blood! Teach us the duties of our state, Unto him their souls are known,

To love each other heartily, Full of sin and void of good!

Our children so to educate Yet he saith most graciously,

That they may love and follow thee. * Suffer them to come to me !".

856. T. 83. 3 'Tis by you they should be led

IN this.world, so full of snares,
In the way that leads to bliss ;
Grace is not inherited

Take our children in thy keeping; As a worldly fortune is,

Hear the parents' sighs and pray'rs, 'Tis free meicy, we must own,

When for them before thee weeping; And the gift of God alone,

Mercy for our children we,

Gracious Lord, implore of thee.
In this vain and wretched world
Children are expos'd and try'd;

857. T. 586.
Many are to ruin hurlid,
Few in Jesus Christ abide ;

MOST holy Lord, mankind's Creator, And no human prudence can

Who, 10 redeem us by thy death, Save the soul of fallen man.

Assumedst feeble human nature,

We call on thee in humble faith: 5 Here's a task, may parents think,

O hear our fervent supplication,
Far beyond the reach of art;
But let not your courage sink,

Let all our children thy salvation,
Grace and wisdom he'll impart:

Thy tender love and care, Your sincere endeavors bless,

In largest measure share; Hear your pray’rs, and grant success.

For thine they are. 6 Hear, O Lord, a parent's pray'r,

Let my tears prevail 'fore thee!
How should I in heav'n appear,

For Widowers.
If my child were not with me!
Therefore thou my steps direct,

858. T. 22, Lest my duty I neglect.

IN God, the mighty Lord of hosts, 7 In thy grace my children keep,

A happy wid'wer gladly boasts.; That when once, on that great day, No trials need oppress the mind, Thou shalt come to seek thy sheep, For we in Christ may comfort find.

I may gladly to thee say: “ Here am I, thro' mercy free,

2 Whene'er by faith our Lord we see And each child thou gavest me!"

Clothed with frail humanity,

Bearing our griefs and sicknesses, 855.: T. 166.

This doth alleviate all distress, OUR children, gracious Lord and God, 3 He is our Saviour and High-Priest,

With-fervor we to thee commend, Who, when we suffer in the least, Thou hast redeem'd them by thy blood; Sustains us by his pow'r and grace,

They are by thee to bliss ordain'd. And in each hard and trying case,

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862. T. 1.1 fort, Help and Stay;

als boundless love and pow'r ON our God we will rely's our happy dying hour.

Boldly unto him draw nigh;

And the Lord our Righteousness 859.* T. 22.

Both with hearts and voices bless, JESUS, accept the thanks and praise, 2 We can from experience trace, We wid'wers offer for the grace

That, in ev'ry trying case, Which thou so richly, hast display'd Jesus truly can impart Unto us, as the church's Head. Joy and comfort to the heart. 2 Grant that we all, with heart and 3 May. we fix the eye of faith voice,

On our Lord's atoning death,
In thee, our Saviour, may rejoice; Till we shall in heav'nly bliss
Let us, in our sabbatic state,

See our Saviour as he is.
The joys of heav'n anticipate.
3. Fill us with peace, and joy and love,
And our support in trials prove;
When weaknesses of age appear,
Keep thou' our mind and senses clear. H.. For Widow's.
4 This be our aim on earth, thy will
To seek in all things to fulfil;
And, when thou call'st, prepard to be

863.

T. 22. To leave this world and

'Tis true the lonely widow'd state 5 Then, at the end of all distress,

With various trials is replete, We shall depart to thee in peace:

But Christ, the widow's faithful Friend, Meanwhile thy coming we await, Like Simeon, ready thee to meet.

Will guide us safely to the end.

2 He saith to us repeatedly:
860.
T. 14.

· Cast all your burden upon me,

For I in all things kindly care JESUS, our Helper in all need,

For you, and in your troubles share." ,

. And comfort in distress, Thou art the wid'wer's only Stay

3 Therefore whate'er our trials be,

Or weaknesses, or poverty, And Hope in loneliness.

Sickness of body, soul's distress, 2 A foretaste of eternal joys, Or sorrows which we can't express ; O Lord, to us dispense,

4 Our comfort is, he knows and feels And ʼmidst our weakness bear us up, Till we are called hence.

Whate'er bis needy children ails;

He sympathizeth with the weak, 861. T. 167. Relieves the poor, and heals the sick. THEY who for true consolation,

5 He graciously regards our pray’rs, Like old Simeon, humbly wait,

And counteth all our sighs and tears;

Afflictions, whether small or great, Shall behold the Lord's salvation, Then their joy will be complete.

His comforts can alleviate. May we follow his example, 6 Might we, like Aona persevere,

Trusting in God's promises, By day and night, in constant pray'r, Wait for Jesus in his temple, And thus for his appearing wait,

Daily offer pray'r and praise, In joyful hope the Lord to meet.

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