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Marriage. O PERFECT Love, all human thought tran

scending, Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne, That theirs may be the love which knows no ending,

Whom Thou for evermore dost join in one. 2. O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance

Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
Of patient hope, and quiet, brave endurance,

With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death. 3. Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow,

Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife; And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow That dawns upon eternal love and life.

Dorothy Blomfield.

710. Marriage.

8.6.8.4. 1. ETERNAL Love, whose law doth sway

The worlds in ordered course,
And works in human hearts its way

With sacred force ;

2. To Thee our waiting hearts we lift,

This solemn, joyful hour,
And ask Thy Spirit's perfect gift,

For marriage dower.
3. Thy hand the sacred links hath wrought

That bind two souls in one ;
Thy highest mysteries thus are taught,

Thy heaven begun.

4. O hallow with Thy presence now

This sacrament of love;
Breathe in the trembling human vow

Strength from above.
5. Then through what scenes the unknown road

Of outward life may roam,
A flame that on Thine altar glowed

Shall light the home. Ella $. Armitage.

L.M.

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Morning Hymns. 711.

Awake, my Soul.
AWAKE, my soul ! and with the sun

Thy daily stage of duty run :
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise

To pay the morning sacrifice.
2. Wake and lift up thyself, my heart ;

And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing

High praise to the eternal King.
3. All praise to Thee who safe hast kept,

And hast refreshed me while I slept :
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake,

I may of endless light partake.
4. Lord ! I my vows to Thee renew :

Scatter my sins as morning dew ;
Guard my first springs of thought and will,

And with Thyself my spirit fill.
5. Direct, control, suggest this day

All I design, or do, or say,
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

6. Praise God, from whon all blessings flow :

Praise Him, all creatures here below!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host !
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

T. Ken, 1637.

L.M.

712.

The Gift of Light.
1. LORD God of morning and of night!

We thank Thee for Thy gift of light:
As in the dawn the shadows fly,

We seem to find Thee now more nigh.
2. Fresh hopes have wakened in the heart,

Fresh force to do our daily part ;
Thy slumber-balms our strength restore

Throughout the day to serve Thee more.
3. Yet whilst Thy will we would pursue,

Oft what we would we cannot do ;
The sun may stand in zenith skies,

But on the soul thick midnight lies.
4. O Lord of lights ! 'tis Thou alone

Canst make our darkened hearts Thine own :
Though this new day with joy we see,

Great dawn of God! we cry for Thee !
5. Praise God, our Maker and our Friend ;

Praise Him through time, till time shall end ;
Till psalm and song His name adore
Through heaven's great day of Evermore.

Francis Turner Palgrave.

713.

The Daily Opportunity.

L.M.

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O TIMELY happy, timely wise,

Hearts that with rising morn arise !

Eyes that the beam celestial view,

Which evermore makes all things new.
2. New every morning is the love

Our wakening and uprising prove ;
Through sleep and darkness safely brought,

Restored to life, and power, and thought.
3. New mercies, each returning day,

Hover around us while we pray ;
New perils past, new sins forgiven,

New thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.
4. If, on our daily course, our mind

Be set to hallow all we find,
New treasures still, of countless price,

God will provide for sacrifice.
5. Old friends, old scenes will lovelier be,

As more of heaven in each we see;
Some softening gleam of love and prayer

Shall dawn on every cross and care.
6. The trivial round, the common task,

Will furnish all we need to ask ;
Room to deny ourselves, a road

To bring us daily nearer God.
7. Only, O Lord, in Thy dear love

Fit us for perfect rest above ;
And help us, this and every day,
To live more nearly as we pray.

John Keble.

714.

Morning Praise.

10.10. 10. 10.6.

1. For the dear love that kept us through the night,

And gave our senses to sleep's gentle sway,

For the new miracle of dawning light,
Flushing the east with prophecies of day,

We thank Thee, () our God !
2. For the fresh life that through our being flows

With its full tide to strengthen and to bless-
For calm sweet thoughts, upspringing from repose,
To bear to Thee their song of thankfulness,

We praise Thee, O our God !
3. Day uttereth speech to day, and night to night

Tells of Thy power, and glory. So would we,
Thy children, duly, with the morning ligbt,
Or at still eve, upon the bended knee,

Adore Thee, O our God ! 4. Thou know'st our needs, Thy fulness will supply ;

Οι blindness,-let Thy hand still lead us on,
Till, visited by the dayspring from on high,
Our prayer, one only, “Let Thy will be done !”
We breathe to Thee, O God !

W. H. Burleigh.

715

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Early Morning Hymn.

S.M.
SWEF
WEETLY the holy hymn

Breaks on the morning air ;
Before the world with smoke is dim

We meet to offer prayer.
2. While flowers are wet with dews,

Dew of our souls, descend ;
Ere yet the sun the day renews,

O Lord, Thy Spirit send !
3. Upon the battlefield,

Before the fight begins,
We seek, O Lord, Thy sheltering shield,

To guard us from our sins.

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