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CLOSE OF WORSHIP.

711. 78. M. SMITH.

Sabbath Evening
1 Softly fades the twilight ray

Of the holy Sabbath day;
Gentle as life's setting sun,
When the Christian's course is run.

2 Night her solemn mantle spreads

O’er the earth, as daylight fades;
All things tell of calm repose

At the holy Sabbath's close.
3 Peace is on the world abroad;

'Tis the holy peace of God,
Symbol of the peace within,

When the spirit rests from sin. 4 Saviour, may our Sabbaths be

Days of peace and joy in thee,
Till in heaven our souls repose,
Where the Sabbath ne'er shall close.

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712. 8 & 7s. M. C. ROBBINS.

Sabbath Evening Worship. 1 Lo! the day of rest declineth;

Gather fast the shades of nightMay the Sun that ever shineth,

Fill our souls with heavenly light.

2 Softly now the dew is falling;

Peace o'er all the scene is spread ;On his children, meekly calling,

Purer influence God will shed.

3 While thine ear of love addressing,

Thus our parting hymn we sing, Father, give thine evening blessing;

Fold us safe beneath thy wing.

713. L. M. ANONYMOUS.

Close of Worship. Evening.
I WHILE now upon this Sabbath eve,

Thy house, Almighty God, we leave, 'Tis sweet, as sinks the setting sun, To think on all our duties done.

2 Oh! evermore may all our bliss

Be peaceful, pure, divine, like this;
And may each Sabbath, as it flies,
Fit us for joy beyond the skies.

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714. 8 & 7s. M. ESTLIN,

Reliance for the Future. 1 GRACIOUS Source of every blessing !

Guard our breasts from anxious fears; May we still thy love possessing,

Sink into the vale of years.
2 All our hopes on thee reclining,

Peace companion of our way;
May our sun, in smiles declining,

Rise in everlasting day.

715.

L. M. ANON.

Close of Worship. Evening. 1 ERE to the world again we go,

Its pleasures, cares, and idle show,
Thy grace once more, O God, we crave,

From folly and from sin to save. 2 O, may the influence of this day,

Long as our memory with us stay,
And as an angel guardian prove,
To guide us to our home above.

716. L. M. HEBER.

Close of Service.
1 Lord, now we part in thy blest name,

In which we here together came;
Grant us, our few remaining days,
To work thy will, and spread thy praise.

2 Teach us in life and death to bless

The Lord, our strength and righteousness;
And grant us all to meet above,
Then shall we better sing thy love.

717. S. M. ANONYMOUS.

The Saviour.
1 Jesus, my truth, my way,

My sure, unerring light,
On thee my feeble soul I stay,

Which thou wilt lead aright.
2 My wisdom and my guide,

My counsellor thou art;
O, never let me leave thy side,

Or from thy paths depart!

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718. C. M. SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.

The Light of the World. 1 On us the Sun of Righteousness

Its brightest beams hath poured; With grateful hearts and holy zeal,

Lord, be thy love adored;
2 And let us look with joyful hope

To that more glorious day,
Before whose brightness, sin and death,

And grief shall flee away.

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719.

S. M. STEELE.

Pardon. 1 The traveller, lost in night,

Breathes many a longing sigh, And marks the welcome dawn of light,

With rapture in his eye. 2 Thus sweet the dawn of day

Which weary sinners find, When mercy, with reviving ray,

Beams o'er the fainting mind.

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7s. M.

ANONYMOUS.
Closing Thanksgiving.
1 THANKS for mercies past, receive;

Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us, henceforth, how to live

With eternity in view.
2 Bless thy word to young and old;

Grant us, Lord, thy peace and love; And, when life's short tale is told,

Take us to thy home above.

721. H. M.

NEWTON.

For a Blessing. 1 TO THEE our wants are known,

From thee are all our powers : Accept what is thine own,

And pardon what is ours: Our praises, Lord, and prayers receive, And to thy word a blessing give.

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