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For 'twas to bless such souls as these,
The Lord of Angels came,
And yield them up to thee;
Thine let our offspring be!
Ye children, seek his face ;
The blessings of his grace.]
Thy guardian care we trust;
PUBLIC WORSHIP. 338* (Ist P.) 148th. Clapham 18. Dart
mouth 46, Greenwich New 62.
On Opening a Place of Worship.
The King of Glory praise;
Thro' everlasting days:
Sustains or sinks the distant poles.
His throne of grace divine;
And wide his glories shine :
And with thy favour crown
This people as thy own : Sung on opening the Meeting-House at Horsley, Gloulcestershire, September 18, 1774 ; and also at the opening of the New Meeting House at Downend, Dear Bristol, October, 4, 1780,
Beneath this roof, O deign to show
How God can dwell with men below.
Our interceding cries,
All fragrant to the skies:
And spread celestial joys around!
Imbibe thy truth and love,
Of seraphim above;
With sacred joy and sweet accord!' .
And daughters sound thy praise,
Thro’ long succeeding days ;
B. FRANCIS. 338+ (20 P.) C.M. Charmouth 28. James's 163.
Re-building, or re-opening a Place of Worship,
The heay'nly armies bend,
We meet to praise thee too,
We now their work renew.
Are raised, Lord, for thee,
Sung July 22, 1810, at Uffculm, Devon, at the first administration of the Lord's Supper by Dr. R., after the Meeting-House bad been rebuilt.
+ Or, new beautify'd,
In all the plenitude of grace,
Let this thy temple be.
Let countless proofs be giv'n,
The very gate of heav'n.
Backsliding souls return;
And saints like seraphs burn. 6 Here build thy Church, maintain thy Cause,
Nór let it e'er decline;
THE KINGDOMS, LORD, ARE THINÉ. 7 And on each flock around this hill,
Show'r mercy; grace, and love;
For the bless'd Church above. 339 (1st P.) L. M. Chard 175. Wareham 117.
On Opening a Place of Worship. 1 GREAT God! thy watchful care we bless,
Which guards our synagogues in peace;
To fill our worshippers with dread.
To conquer foes, and cheer his friends. 4 And in the great decisive day
When God the nations shall survey,
339 (20 P.) L. M. Addison's 1. Langdon 217. On opening an eplarged Place of Worship; or, for a
There they behold thy mercy-seat;
And every place is hallow'd ground. 2 For thou, within no walls confin'd,
Inhabitest the humble mind;
And going, take thee to their home. 3 Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few!
Thy former mercies here renew;
The sweetness of thy saving name,
To strengthen faith, and sweeten care ;
And bring all heaven before our eyes. 5. [Behold, at thy commanding word,
We stretch the curtain and the cord
And bless us with a large increase.
Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
C. M. Abridge 201. Bedford 91.
On Opoving a Place for Social Prayer.
Thy presence now display;
So give us hearts to pray.. 2 Within these walls let holy peace,
And love, and concord dwell;
Here give the troubled conscience ease,
The wounded spirit heal.
Our fainting hope to raise ;
That we may render praise. dou 4 And may the Gospel's joyful sound,
Enforc'd by mighty grace,
To come and fill the place. 341 S. M. Kibworth 249. Verñont 134.
The Pleasures of Social Worship.
Ow charming is the place,
And sheds his love abroad!
To which the great resort,
Where Jesus holds his court.
With radiant glory crown'd,
And smile on all around.
Each humble soul presents :
And grants them all their wants.
He graciously imparts ;
The tribute of their hearts.
Within thy blest abode,
DR. S. STENNETT.