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For 'twas to bless such souls as these,

The Lord of Angels came,
3 We bring them, LORD! by fervent prayer,

And yield them up to thee;
Joyful that we ourselves are thine,

Thine let our offspring be!
4 [Ye little flock, with pleasure hear ;

Ye children, seek his face ;
And fly with transport to receive

The blessings of his grace.]
5 If orphans they are left behind,

Thy guardian care we trust;
That care shall heal our bleeding hearts,
If weeping o'er their dust. DR. DODDRIDGE.

PUBLIC WORSHIP. 338* (Ist P.) 148th. Clapham 18. Dart

mouth 46, Greenwich New 62.

On Opening a Place of Worship.
1 IN sweet exalted strains

The King of Glory praise;
O'er heaven and earth he reigns,

Thro' everlasting days:
He, with a nod, the world controuls,

Sustains or sinks the distant poles.
2 To earth he bends his throne,

His throne of grace divine;
Wide is his bounty known,

And wide his glories shine :
Fair Salem, still his chosen rest,
Is with his smiles and presence blest,

3 Then, King of Glory, come,

And with thy favour crown
This temple as thy Dome,

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.
4 Here, may thine ears attend

Our interceding cries,
And grateful praise ascend

All fragrant to the skies:
Here may thy word melodious sound,

And spread celestial joys around!
5 Here, may th' attentive throng

Imbibe thy truth and love,
And converts join the song

Of seraphim above;
And willing crowds surround thy board,

With sacred joy and sweet accord!' .
6 Here, may our unborn sons

And daughters sound thy praise,
And shine, like polish'd stones,

Thro’ long succeeding days ;
Here, Lord, display thy saving pow'r,
While temples stand, and men adore.

B. FRANCIS. 338+ (20 P.) C.M. Charmouth 28. James's 163.

Re-building, or re-opening a Place of Worship,
1 O GOD, before whose radiant throne

The heay'nly armies bend,
Now graciously incline thine ear
And to our

uit attend.
2 Where our forefathers join'd in praise,

We meet to praise thee too,
For us and others here they pray'd,

We now their work renew.
3 This housė, these walls, re-edify'd, t

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.

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In all the plenitude of grace,

Let this thy temple be.
4. By pious crowds of new-born souls,

Let countless proofs be giv'n,
This surely is the house of God,

The very gate of heav'n.
5 Here may the dead be made alive,

Backsliding souls return;
More grace by gracious souls be felt, :'

And saints like seraphs burn. 6 Here build thy Church, maintain thy Cause,

Nór let it e'er decline;
But flourish when the trumpet sounds-

THE KINGDOMS, LORD, ARE THINÉ. 7 And on each flock around this hill,

Show'r mercy; grace, and love;
Thus meeten us and millions more

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;
Nor dare tumultuous foes invade

To fill our worshippers with dread.
2. These walls we to thy honour raise ;
Long may they echo to thy praise !
And thou, descending, fill the place
With choicest tokens of thy grace.
3 Here let the great Redeemer reign
With all the graces of his train ;
While power divine his word attends

To conquer foes, and cheer his friends. 4 And in the great decisive day

When God the nations shall survey,
May it before the world appear,
That crowds were born to glory here.


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339 (20 P.) L. M. Addison's 1. Langdon 217. On opening an eplarged Place of Worship; or, for a

Prayer Meuting.
JESUS, where'er thy people meet,

There they behold thy mercy-seat;
Where'er they seek thee, thou art found,

And every place is hallow'd ground. 2 For thou, within no walls confin'd,

Inhabitest the humble mind;
„Such ever bring thee where they come,

And going, take thee to their home. 3 Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few!

Thy former mercies here renew;
Here, to our waiting hearts proclaim

The sweetness of thy saving name,
4 Here may we prove the power of prayer,

To strengthen faith, and sweeten care ;
To teach our faint desires to rise,

And bring all heaven before our eyes. 5. [Behold, at thy commanding word,

We stretch the curtain and the cord
Come thou, and fill this wider space,

And bless us with a large increase.
6 Lord, we are few, but thou art near;

Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
Oh rend the heavens, come quickly down,
And make a thousand hearts own !

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C. M. Abridge 201. Bedford 91.

On Opoving a Place for Social Prayer.
1 DEAR Shepherd of thy people, hear,

Thy presence now display;
As thou hast given a place for prayer,

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.
3 Show us some token of thy love

Our fainting hope to raise ;
And pour thy blessings from above,,!!

That we may render praise. dou 4 And may the Gospel's joyful sound,

Enforc'd by mighty grace,
Awaken many sinners round

To come and fill the place. 341 S. M. Kibworth 249. Verñont 134.

The Pleasures of Social Worship.

Ow charming is the place,


Redeemer God
Unveils the beauties of his face,

And sheds his love abroad!
2 Not the fair palaces,

To which the great resort,
Are once to be compar'd with this,

Where Jesus holds his court.
3. Here, on the mercy-seat,

With radiant glory crown'd,
Our joyful eyes behold him sit, u

And smile on all around.
4 To him their prayers and cries

Each humble soul presents :
He listens to their broken sighs,

And grants them all their wants.
5 To them his sov'reign will

He graciously imparts ;
And in return accepts, with smiles,

The tribute of their hearts.
6 · Give me, O Lord, a place

Within thy blest abode,
Among the children of thy grace,
The servants of

my God.


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