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2 When first thy light the east array'd,

And morning stars shone on the sky, Earth's corner-stone with joy was laid,

The sons of glory sung on high. 3 Then Eden rose in heaven's light ;

Beneath thy hand creation stood ; Thy word dispellid chaotic night

Thy smile approved the work was good. 4 To us O may thy smile be given,

This corner-stone approved by thee; Our work complete, O Lord of heaven;

Thy glory here let thousands see! 613

Dover--p. 120.] S. M.

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And loves this holy place;
He hears the voice of fervent prayer,

And gives the promised grace. 2 How bless'd is this abode,

Where angels' food is given !
'Tis no less than the house of God,

O'tis the gate of heaven. 3 Our corner-stone shall tell

The place where we have found
The Lord, who deigns with man to dwell,

And seals this holy ground.
4 Our altar here we raise,

For he our help hath been ;
With angel hosts his name we 'll praise,

Who have his wonders seen.
5 Our Rock the Son of God,

The Lord's Anointed One;
Eternal life is in his word,

Salvation his alone.
6 When in his house above

His gather'd tribes appear ;

May we partake his endless love,

Who worship Jesus here. 614 Slateford—p. 306.] 20th P. M. 66,77,77.

The Lord's Prayer.
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ATHER of earth and sky,

Thy name we magnify:
O that earth and heayen might join,

Thy perfections to proclaim ;
Praise the attributes divine,

Fear and love thy awful name !
2 When shall thy Spirit reign

In every heart of man?
Father, bring the kingdom near,

Honour thy triumphant Son ;
God of heaven, on earth appear,

Fix with us thy glorious throne !
3 Thy good and holy will

Let all on earth fulfil ;
Men with minds angelic vie,

Saints below with saints above,
Thee to praise and glorify,

Thee to serve with perfect love.
4 This day, with this day's bread,

Thy hungry children feed;
Fountain of all blessings, grant

Now the manna from above;
Now supply our bodies' want,

Now sustain our souls with love.
5 Our trespasses forgive :

And when absolved we live,
Thou our life of grace maintain ;

Lest we from our God depart,
Lose thy pard’ning grace again,

Grant us a forgiving heart.
6 In every fiery hour
Display thy guardian power ;

Near in our temptation stay,

With sufficient strength defend ;
Bring us through the evil day,

Make us faithful to the end.
7 Father, by right divine

Assert the kingdom thine ;
Jesus, power of God, subdue

Thy own universe to thee;
Spirit of grace and glory too,

Reign through all eternity!

ON DEDICATING A HOUSE OF WORSHIP

615

Brewer—p. 76.]

L. M.

J Which guards these sacred courts in peace;
Nor dare tumultuous foes invade
To fill thy 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 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.
616 Paris-p. 82.) L. M.

COW pleasant, how divinely fair,
With strong desire my spirit faints
To meet th' assemblies of thy saints.
2 Bless'd are the saints that sit on high,
Around thy throne of majesty ;
Thy brightest glories shine above,
And all their work is praise and love.

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3 Bless'd are the souls that find a place Within the temple of thy grace : Here they behold thy gentler rays, And seek thy face, and learn thy praise. 4 Bless'd are the men whose hearts are set To find the way to Sion's gate ; God is their strength, and through the road They lean upon their helper, God. 5 Cheerful they walk with growing strength, Till all shall meet in heaven at length; Till all before thy face appear, And join in nobler worship there. 617 Luton-p. 74.] L. M.

REAT God, attend, while Sion sings To spend one day with thee on earth Exceeds a thousand days of mirth. 2 Might I enjoy the meanest place Within thine house, O God of grace, Not tents of ease, nor thrones of power, Should tempt my feet to leave thy door. 3 God is our sun, he makes our day : God is our shield, he guards our way From all th' assaults of hell and sin; From foes without and foes within. 4 All needful grace will God bestow, And crown that grace with glory too; He gives us all things, and withholds No real good from upright souls. 5 O God our King, whose sovereign sway The glorious hosts of heaven obey, And devils at thy presence flee, Bless'd is the man that trusts in thee.

618

Stafford-p. 142.]

S. M.

And let his praise be great;
He makes his churches his abode,

His most delightful seat.
2 These temples of his grace,

How beautiful they stand !
The honours of our native place,

And bulwarks of our land.
3 In Sion God is known

A refuge in distress ;
How bright has his salvation shone

Through all her palaces !
4 In every new distress

We'll to his house repair ;
We'll think upon his wondrous grace,

And seek deliverance there. 619 Brewer-ap. 76.] L. M. WITH

ITH glory clad, with strength array'd,

The Lord, that o'er all nature reigns, The wo foundations strongly laid,

And the vast fabric still sustains. 2 How sure establish'd is thy throne,

Which shall no change or period see! For thou, O Lord, and thou alone,

Art King from all eternity. 3 The floods, O Lord, lift up their voice,

And toss their troubled waves on high : But God above can still their noise,

And make the angry sea comply. 4 Thy proinise, Lord, is ever sure :

And they that in thy house would dwell, That happy station to secure,

Must still in holiness excel.

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