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Accept these hands to labour,
These hearts to trust and love,
And deign with them to hasten
Thy kingdom from above.
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;
We ask no other wages, To Thee resign!
When Thou shalt call us home, 2 From Greenland's frozen land
But to have shared the travail
And see Thy kingdom come.
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,
In linen clean and white;
Within Thy sacred temple 3 O'er every hill and plain
Be with us, where we stand,
And sanctify Thy people
Throughout this happy land.
4 Be with us, God the Father! Shall all be overthrown,
Be with us, God the Son !
And God, the Holy Spirit !
O blessed Three in One! 4 Then spread the Gospel's light
Make us a royal priesthood,
Thee rightly to adore,
And fill us with Thy fulness,
Now, and for evermore. Praise to our Saviour-King,
J. S. B. MONSELL. 1866. Our grateful offerings bring,
8.7. To speed the day !
And as ye go, preach.--Matt. x. 7.
1 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, 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"?
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 say He died for all,
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.
6.5. There came wise men from the east.
Matt. ii. 1.
Pressing on they come,
To His humble home:
Hasting from afar,
Guided by a Star.
Meek and lowly lay,
Onward on their way.
Nations from afar,
By that guiding Star. 3 Thou who in a manger
Once hast lowly lain, Who dost now in glory
O'er all kingdoms reign,
Who in lands afar
have seen the brightness
Of Thy guiding Star. 4 Gather in the outcast,
All who go astray,
Guide them on their way.
Those who wander far,
Of Thy guiding star.
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,
Jesus, follows Thee
To that heavenly home,
GEO, THRING. 1866.
come unto thee.-Isa. lx. 5.
From India's coral strand, 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;
And only man is vile;
The gifts of God are strown;
Bows down to wood and stone. 3 Can we, whose souls are lighted
With wisdom from on high, 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;
The Lamb for sinners slain,
REGINALD HEBER. 1819.
-7.6. His name shall be continued as
long as the sun.-Ps. lxxii. 17. 1
"AIL to the Lord's Anointed, Hail, in the time appointed,
His reign on earth begun
18.104.22.168.6.6.4. Let there be light.-Gen. i. 8.
He comes to break oppression,
To set the captive free;
And rule in equity.
Upon the fruitful earth:
Spring in His path to birth:
Shall peace, the herald, go;
From hill to valley flow. 3 Arabia's desert ranger
To Him shall bow the knee,
His glory come to see;
Ships from the isles shall meet,
In tribute at His feet.
And gold and incense bring;
His praise all people sing;
O'er river, sea, and shore,
Or dove's light wing can soar. 5 To Him shall prayer unceasing
And daily vows ascend;
A kingdom without end.
A seed in weakness sown,
And shake like Lebanon. 6 O'er every foe victorious,
He on His throne shall rest;
All blessing and all blest.
His covenant remove;
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.
Healing and sight,
Let there be light!
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!
Wisdom! Love! Might!
JOUN MARRIOTT. 1813.
TIMES AND SEASONS.
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 !
Now our praises hear,
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
As we onward go;
Take us by the hand,
To the better land.
Keep us ever near,
Our feet shall stand within Thy
gates.-Ps. cxxii. 2. 1
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
To speed us on our way.
Before the morning's light,
And rose refreshed with might. 6 O hear us, then, for we
Are very weak and frail ;
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;
brought, Restored to life and power and thought. 3 New mercies, each returning day,
Hover around us while we pray ;
Would furnish all we ought to ask;
Fit us for perfect rest above;
J. KEBLE. 1822. 166 22.214.171.124.
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 ?
Brighter than morn's ethereal glow;
Than earth can know.
Then are my sins by Thee forgiven;
With hope of heaven.
There for my every want I find,
What peace of mind! [grief
3 Upon the battle-field,
Before the fight begins, We seek, O Lord, Thy sheltering shield,
To guard us from our sins.
5 Hushed is each doubt ; gone every fear;
3 The shadows lengthened, softly fell the My spirit seems in heaven to stay:
[o'er; And e'en the penitential tear Is wiped away.
And the long day, with all its toil was
Then spake the Master to His chosen few, 6 Lord I 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.
At even on the brink of death's dark tide, C. ELLIOTT. 1833.
Oh, may we firmly grasp the Saviour's
And“ pass" in safety to the other side." 6.5. The night shall be light about me.
I will both lay me down in peace Ps. cxxxix. 11. TOW ,
and sleep.-Ps. iv. 8. 1
Our 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 4 Comfort every sufferer
Of that eternal choir ! Watching late in pain;
4 Yet, Lord, to Thy dear will Those who plan some evil
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.
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.
Abide with us ... the day is far 168 105.
spent.-Luke xxiv. 29.
JAVIOUR, abide with us ;
The day is now far gone: 1 IE day was done; beside the sultry We would obtain a blessing thus, THE shore
By coming to Thy throne.
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 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,
Shine on us evermore. And many a weary heart found peace
J. M. NEALE, 1848.