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CHRISTIAN MISSIONS. 154 6.6.4.6.6.6.4.

Accept these hands to labour,

These hearts to trust and love,
Thy kingdom come. -Matt. vi. 10.

And deign with them to hasten
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FATHER of heaven, bless

Thy kingdom from above.
Missions with great success,
The work is Thine!

2 As labourers in Thy vineyard, Soon may the Gospel sound

Send us out, Christ, to be Through all the world around,

Content to bear the burden,
Till earth's remotest bound

Of weary days for Thee;
To Thee resign !

We ask no other wages,

When Thou alt call us home, 2 From Greenland's frozen land

But to have shared the travail
To Afric's burning strand,

And see Thy kingdom come.
Make Jesus known !

3 Come down, Thou Holy Spirit, Till on Him all shall call,

And fill our souls with light! Till every idol fall,

Clothe us in spotless raiment,
Till He be loved by all,

In linen clean and white;
And served alone.

Within Thy sacred temple

Be with us, where we stand,
3 O'er every hill and plain
Washed by the western main

And sanctify Thy people
Echo the call !

Throughout this happy land.
Till gods of wood and stone

4 Be with us, God the Father! Shall all be overthrown,

Be with us, God the Son !
And Jesus reign alone,

And God, the Holy Spirit !
Supreme o'er all!

O blessed Three in One! 4 Then spread the Gospel's light

Make us a royal priesthood,
Till nations all unite

Thee rightly to adore,
Beneath His sway!

And fill us with Thy fulness,
And let us, as we sing

Now, and for evermore. Praise to our Saviour-King,

J. S. B. MONSELL. 1866. Our grateful offerings bring, To speed the day !

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8.7. And as go, preach.—Matt. x. 7.

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HARK, the voice of Jesus crying,
7.6.
Fields are white already to harvest. Fields are white, and harvests waiting,
John iv. 35.

Who will bear the sheaves away?

Loud and strong the Master calleth, i of That whitens o'er the plain,

Rich reward He offers thee; Where angels soon shall gather

Who will answer, gladly saying, Their sheaves of golden grain;

“Here am I, send me, send me"?

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2 If you cannot cross the ocean,

And the heathen lands explore,
You

can find the heathen nearer, You can help them at your door; If you cannot give your thousands,

You can give the widow's mite! And the least you give for Jesus

Will be precious in His sight. 3 If you cannot speak like angels,

If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,

You can say He died for all,
If you cannot rouse the wicked

With the judgment's dread alarms,
You can lead the little children

To the Saviour's waiting arms. 4 Let none hear you idly saying;

“There is nothing I can do,". While the souls of men are dying,

And the Master calls for you.
Take the task He gives you, gladly,

Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,

“Here am I, send me, send me."

J. A. TODD.

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6.5. There came wise men from the east

Matt. ii. 1. 1

FROM the eastern mountains
Wise men in their wisdom,

To His humble home:
Stirred by deep devotion,

Hasting from afar,
Ever journeying onward

Guided by a Star.
2 There their Lord and Saviour

Meek and lowly lay,
Wondrous Light that led them

Onward on their way.
Ever now to lighten

Nations from afar,
As they journey homeward,

By that guiding Star. 3 Thou who in a manger

Once hast lowly lain,
Who dost now in glory

O'er all kingdoms reign,
Gather in the heathen,

Who in lands afar
Ne'er have seen the brightness

Of Thy guiding Star. 4 Gather in the outcast,

All who go astray,
Throw Thy radiance o'er them,

Guide them on their way.
Those who never knew Thee,'

Those who wander far,
Guide them

by Thy brightness
Of Thy guiding star.
5 Onward through the darkness

Of the lonely night,
Shining still before them

With Thy kindly light,
Guide them, Jew and Gentile

Homeward from afar,
Young and old together,

By Thy guiding Star; 6 Until every nation,

Whether bond or free,
'Neath Thy starlit banner,

Jesus, follows Thee
O'er the distant mountains

To that heavenly home,
Where no sin nor sorrow,
Evermore shall come.

GEO, THRING. 1866.

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7.6. The forces of the Gentiles ehall

come unto thee.-Isa. lx. 5. * FROM Greenland's

icy mountains, Where Afric's sunny fountains

Roll down their golden sand; From many an ancient river,

From many a palmy plain, They call us to deliver

Their land from errer's chain. 2 What though the spicy breezes

Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle;
Though every prospect pleases,

And only man is vile;
In vain, with lavish kindness,

The gifts of God are strown;
The heathen in his blindness

Bows down to wood and stone. 3 Can we, whose souls are lighted

With wisdom from on bigh,Can we to men benighted

The lamp of life deny ? Salvation ! O salvation !

The joyful sound proclaim, Till each remotest nation

Has learnt Messiah's name.
4 Waft, waft, ye winds, His story,

And you, ye waters, roll,
Till, like a sea of glory,

It spreads from pole to pole;
Till o'er our ransomed nature

The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,
In bliss returns to reign.

REGINALD HEBER. 1819.

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6.6.4.6.6.6.4. Let there be light.-Gen. i. 8.

He comes to break oppression,

To set the captive free;
To take away transgression,

And rule in equity.
2 He shall come down like showers

Upon the fruitful earth:
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers,

Spring in His path to birth:
Before Him, on the mountains,

Shall peace, the herald, go;
And righteousness, in fountains,

From hill to valley flow. 3 Arabia's desert ranger

To Him shall bow the knee,
The Ethiopian stranger

His glory come to see;
With offerings of devotion

Ships from the isles shall meet,
To pour the wealth of ocean

In tribute at His feet.
4 Kings shall fall down before Ilim,

And gold and incense bring;
All nations shall adore Him,

His praise all people sing;
For He shall have dominion

O'er river, sea, and shore,
Far as the eagle's pinion

Or dove's light wing can soar. 5 To Him shall prayer unceasing

And daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end.
The mountain dew shall nourish

A seed in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish,

And shake like Lebanon. 6 O'er every foe victorious,

He on His throne shall rest;
From age to age more glorious,

All blessing and all blest.
The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove;
His name shall stand for ever
His great, best name of Love.

JAMES MONTGOMERY. 1822.

Chaos and darkness heard,

And took their flight; Hear us, we humbly pray, And where the Gospel's day Sheds not its glorious ray

Let there be light.
2 Thou, who didst come to bring
On Thy redeeming wing

Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
Oh, now to all mankind

Let there be light!
3 Spirit of truth and love,
Life-giving, Holy Dove,

Speed forth Thy flight; Move on the water's face, Bearing the lamp of grace, And in earth's darkest place

Let there be light!
4 Holy and blessed Three,
Glorious Trinity !

Wisdom! Love! Might!
Boundless as ocean's tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the earth far and wide,
Let there be light!

JOUN MARRIOTT. 1813.

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TIMES AND SEASONS.

6.5.

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MORNING. 162

With my song will I praise Him.

Ps. xxviii. 7. JESUS; blessed Saviour, Songs of glad thanksgiving,

Songs of holy praise. o, how kind and gracious Thou hast always been !

0, how many blessings

Every day has seen !
Jesus, blessed Saviour,

Now our praises hear,
For Thy grace and favour

Crowning all the year. 2 Jepuis, holy Saviour,

Only Thou canst tell How we often stumbled,

Ilow we often fell.

All our sins (so many!),

Saviour, Thou dost know; In Thy blood most precious,

Wash us white as snow. Jesus, blessed

Saviour, Keep us in Thy fear, Let Thy grace and favour

Pardon all the year.

3 Jesus, loving Saviour,

Only Thou dost know
All that may befall us,

As we onward go;
So we humbly pray Thee,

Take us by the hand,
Lead us ever upward

To the better land.
Jesus, blessed Saviour,

Keep us ever near,
Let Thy grace and favour
Shield us all the year.

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Our feet shall stand within Thy

gates.-Ps. cxxii. 2. 1

COME
YOME at the morning hour,

Come, let us kneel and pray ; Prayer is the Christian pilgrim's staff

To walk with God all day.

At noon, beneath the Rock

Of Ages, rest and pray ; Sweet is that shelter from the sun

In the weary heat of day.

Ere yet our vessel sails
Upon the stream of day,
We plead, O Lord, for heavenly gales

To speed us on our way.
On the lone mountain side,

Before the morning's light,
The Man of Sorrows wept and cried

And rose refreshed with might. 6 O hear us, then, for we

Are very weak and frail ;
We make the Saviour's name our plea,
And surely must prevail.

C. H. SPURGEON. 1866. 165 L.M.

The Lord's mercies. .. new every

morning. -Sam. iii. 23. 1 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 The trivial round, the common task,

Would furnish all we ought to ask;
Room to deny ourselves;

a road
To bring us daily nearer God.
5 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.

J. KEBLE. 1822. 166 8.8.8.4.

The hour of prayer.-Acts iii. 1. 1 MY Y God, is any hour so sweet,

From blush of morn to evening star, As that which calls me to Thy feet

The hour of prayer ?
2 For then a day-spring shines on me,

Brighter than morn's ethereal glow;
And richer dews descend from Thee

Than earth can know.
3 Then is my strength by Thee renewed ;

Then are my sins by Thee forgiven;
Then dost Thou cheer my solitude

With hope of heaven.
4 No words can tell what sweet relief :

There for my every want I find,
What strength for warfare, balm for

What peace of mind! [grief

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3 Upon the battle-field,

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

To guard us from our sins.

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5 Hushed is each doubt ; gone every fear ;

3 The shadows lengthened, softly fell the My spirit seems in heaven to stay:

dew,

[o'er; And e'en the nenitential tear

And the long day, with all its toil was Is wiped away.

Then spake the Master to His chosen few, 6 Lord ! till I reach yon blissful shore,

“Let us pass over to the other shore." No privilege so dear shall be, As thus my inmost soul to pour

4 So, when life's day is ended, and we stand In prayer to Thee.

Ateven on the brink of death's dark tide, C. ELLIOTT. 1833. Oh, may we firmly grasp the Saviour's

hand,

And “pass' in safety to the “other side."
EVENING.
6.5.

S.M.
The night shall be light about me.
Ps. cxxxix. 11.

I will both lay me down in peace

and sleep.-Ps. iv. 8. 1 NOWI row the day is over, Night is drawing nigh,

1 Our day of praise is done : Shadows of the evening

The evening shadows fall, Steal across the sky.

But pass not from us with the sun,

True Light that lightenest all! 2 Jesus, grant the weary Calm and sweet repose:

2 Around the throne on high, With Thy tenderest blessing

Where night can never be, May our eyelids close.

The white-robed harpers of the sky

Bring ceaseless hymns to Thee. 3 Grant to little children Visions bright of Thee:

3 Too faint our anthems here; Guard the sailors tossing

Too soon of praise we tire; On the angry sea.

But oh, the strains how full and clear

Of that eternal choir ! 4 Comfort every sufferer Watching late in pain;

4 Those who plan some evil

Yet, Lord, to Thy dear will

If Thou attune the heart, From their sin's restrain.

We in Thine angels' music still 5 Through the long night-watches

May bear our lower part. > May Thine angels spread Their white wings above me,

5 'Tis Thine each soul to calm, Standing round my bed.

Each wayward thought reclaim,

And make our daily life a psalm 6 When the morning wakens,

Of glory to Thy name.
Then may I arise,
Pure and fresh and sinless

6 A little while, and then In Thy holy eyes.

Shall come the glorious end; 7 Glory to the Father,

And songs of angels and of men Glory to the Son,

In perfect praise shall blend. And to the blest Spirit,

J. ELLERTON. 1867. Whilst all ages run. S. BARING GOULD. 1865.

S.M.

Abide with us ... the day is far 10s.

spent.-Luke xxiv. 29. Let us pass over unto the other side. 1

, : Mark iv. 35.

The day is now far gone:

We would obtain a blessing thus, i Today was done; beside the sultry

[sea ;

By coming to Thy throne.
The cooling shadows kissed the restless
The words of wondrous wisdom now were

2 We have not reached that land, o'er

That happy land, as yet. That made thy waves so sacred, Galilee!

Where holy angels round Thee stand,

Where suns can never set. 2 The thronging multitudes, from far and nigh,

{pressed; 3 Our sun is sinking now, All day around the Master's bark had Our day is almost o'er; And as He taught, the hours sped swiftly O Sun of Righteousness, do Thou by,

[and rest. Shine on us evermore. And many a weary heart found peace

J. M. NEALE. 1848.

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