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4. O Thou whose paths are sown with stars,

Whose patience every child doth gird, We thank Thy love for life supreme,

We praise for matchless hope Thy word. 5. Be Thou about us all our years,

May all good works through Thee increase,
Let sweetest calm ensue from tears,
From earth's brief war Thy perfect peace.

F. A. Rollo Russell.


Exalt His Name Together.
1. YE people of the Lord

Who in His love abide ;
Your treasure do not hoard,
Your gladness do not hide 1

Together bring

Your costly store !
Together sing!

Together soar !
2. Glad heart, repeat to heart

The story of thy peace:
Each dear delight impart !
Each dear delight increase i

Thy foes o’erthrown,

Thy sins forgiven,
Thy darkness gone,

Thy fetters riven !
3. In love together meet ;

For joy together sing ;
With mingled voices greet

Each triumph of your King;

The Lord's dear praise

Together speak;
The Lord's right ways

Together seek!
4. In linkéd praise and prayer

Your heaven on earth begin :
Together glimpses fair
Of hastening glory win :

From strength to strength

Together go!
In Heaven at length
Together glow !

T. H. Gill.


92. Longing for the House of God.

LORD of the worlds above,

How pleasant and how fair,
The dwellings of Thy love,
Thine earthly temples are !
To Thine abode

My heart aspires

With warm desires

To see my God.
2. O happy souls that pray

Where God appoints to hear !
O happy men that pay
Their constant service there !
They praise Thee still:

And happy they

That love the way

To Sion's hill.
3. They go from strength to strength

Through this dark vale of tears,

Till each o'ercomes at length,
Till each in heaven appears :
O glorious seat!

Thou God our King

Shalt thither bring
Our willing feet.

Isaac Watts.

93. The praise of the Eternal. 1. BRING, O morn, thy music! bring, 0 night, thy

silence ! Oceans, chant the rapture to the storm-clouds

coursing free! Sun and stars are singing,—Thou art our Creator,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be! 2. Life and death, Thy creatures, praise Thee, Mighty

Giver !
Praise and prayer are rising in Thy beast and

bird and tree; Lo! they praise and vanish, vanish at Thy bidding,

Who wert, and art, and everinore shalt be! 3. Light us ! lead us! love us! cry Thy groping

nations, Pleading in the thousand tongues, but calling

only Thee, Weaving blindly out Thy holy, happy purpose,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be! 4. Life nor death can part us, 0 Thou Love eternal, Shepherd of the wandering star and wayward

souls that flee! Homeward draws the spirit to Thy Spirit yearning, Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be !

W. C. Gannett.

94. Sanctify this Congregation. 1. COME, immortal Lord of gladness !

From the immeasurable height
Scatter all our sin and sadness,

Move upon our hearts in light !
All-pervading God, whose love
Joins us here with those above,

Make us now Thy new creation,

Sanctify this congregation.
2. Come and bring with Thee Thy treasure !

Love and meekness, joy and peace,
Gentleness that knows no measure,

Truths that cumbered hearts release,
Purity and faith in right,
. Thirst for holiness and light.

Hear our contrite supplication,

Consecrate this congregation.
3. Come, abide in us for ever ;

Build Thy City in our heart
On Thy righteousness, and never

From its citadel depart.
Fill us with Thy holy awe;
Make us prophets of Thy law,

Worthy of our high vocation
In the world's great congregation.

Stopford A. Brooke.

The Lord Jesus Christ: His Advent

and Birth.




The Saviour comes.
HARK the glad sound, the Saviour comes,

The Saviour promised long;
Let every heart prepare a throne,

And every voice a song.
2. He comes the prisoners to release,

In cruel bondage held :
The gates of brass before Him burst,

The iron fetters yield.
3. He comes from thickest films of vice

To clear the mental ray,
And on the eye-balls of the blind

To pour celestial day.
4. He comes the broken heart to bind,

The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace,

To enrich the humble poor,

5. Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim ;
And heaven's eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name.

P. Doddridge.

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