« ForrigeFortsett »
COLLECTION OF HYMNS
FOR THE USE OF THE
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
The last General Conference recommended to the Editors and Agents of the Book Concern tzie publication of some additional hymns in the form of a Supplement to our Hymn-book. For various reasons, not now necessary to mention, this has been delayed until the present time, though a considerable number had been prepared for that purpose, some selected from Charles Wesley and others, and some being original. These, however, were all consumed by the late fire which destroyed our Book-room.
As the plates for the Hymn-book were destroyed by that disastrous event, by which it has become necessary to prepare a new set, we have availed ourselves of this opportunity to add the following Supplement, consisting chiefly of hymns adapted to special occasions, such as dedications, anniversaries, &c. Some of these are original, having been prepared expressly for this purpose, but the most of them are selected froin the festival and other hymns of the late Rev. Charles Wesley, than whom no man ever united the spirit of poetry, fervent piety, and evangelical sentiment more firmly and delightfully together. But though his poetical genius led him to write on almost all subjects within the range of Christian doctrine and duty, yet there were some usages not so familiar in his day, such as Sunday-school and Missionary anniversaries, to which but few of his hymns, however excellent in other respects, seem to be adapted. This led the Editor to seek to other sources for supplying this deficiency.
ON LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A
608 Mear-p. 3.] C. M.
EHOLD the sure foundation-stone
To build our heavenly hopes upon,
And his eternal praise.
We now adore thy name;
Nor can we suffer shame.
Reject it with disdain ;
And envy rage in vain.
Yet must this building rise :
And wondrous in our eyes. 609 Bethany—p. 217.] 6th P. M. 6 lines 78.
OCK of ages, cleft for me,
Let the water and the blood,
These for sin could not atone;
Let me hide myself in thee. 610 Euphrates-p.274.] 12th P.M.76,76,78,76.
NHOU, who hast in Sion laid
And with those a covenant made,
Who build on that alone :
Great builder of thy church below;
Who seek thy praise to show.
Thy mighty hand sustains ;
O'er all thy glory reigns :
By regal David's favour'd son,
And stood thy chosen throne.
A temple to the Lord,
His saving name record ;
Who, once in mortal weakness shrined,
To rescue all mankind.
4 Father, Son, and Spirit send
The consecrating flame;
Inscribe the living name :
Now write on this accepted stone ;
Our temple make thy throne. 611 Arundel-p. 10.) C. M.
REAT God! who laid on Sion's mount G
A precious corner-stone ;
And sacred as thy throne :
Our hands in solemn prayer; For by thy cloud and pillar led,
The ark hath rested here.
A sure foundation given;
In holiest hope of heaven. 4 That Rock was Christ-fore'er the same,
The Lord our righteousness : O may this altar bear thy name,
And thou our labour bless!
Eternal is thy throne ;
prove this place thine own! 612 Leyden—p. 107.) L. M.
THOU before whose lofty throne
The holy ones of heaven bow ; With them we would thy glory own,
And grateful sing thy mercy now.