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2 These transient scenes will soon decay,

They fade upon the sight;
And quickly will their brightest day
Be lost in endless night.

3 Their brightest day, alas, how vain,

With conscious sighs we own;
While clouds of sorrow, care, and pain,
O'ershade the smiling noon.

4 O, could our thoughts and wishes fly

Above these gloomy shades,
To those bright worlds beyond the sky,
Which sorrow ne'er invades!

5 There, joys unseen by mortal eyes,

Or reason's feeble ray,
In ever blooming prospects rise,
Unconscious of decay.

6 Lord, send a beam of light divine,

To guide our upward aim:
With one reviving touch of thine
Our languid hearts inflame.

7 Then shall, on faith's sublimest wing,

Our ardent wishes rise,
To those bright scenes where pleasures
Immortal in the skies.

HYMN 198. C. M.

COME. Lord, and warm each languid heart,

Inspire each lifeless tongue,
And let the joys of heaven impart
Their influence to our song.

2 Sorrow, and pain, and every care,

And discord there shall cease; And perfect joy, and love sincere, Adorn the realms of peace.

3 The soul from sin for ever free,

Shall mourn its power no more; But, clothed in spotless purity, Redeeming love adore.

4 There, on a throne (how dazzling bright!)

Th' exalted Saviour shines; And beams ineffable delight On all the heavenly minds.

5 There, shall the followers of the Lamb

Join in immortal songs;
And endless honours to his Name
Employ their tuneful tongues.

6 Lord, tune our hearts to praise and love,

Our feeble notes inspire;
Till, in thy blissful courts above,
We join th' angelic choir.

HYMN 199. C. M. HP HERE is a land of pure delight, Where saints immortal reign; Eternal day excludes the night, And pleasures banish pain.

2 There, everlasting spring abides,

And never-fading flowers;
Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This heavenly land from ours.

3 Bright fields, beyond the swelling flood,

Stand dress'd in living green;
So to the Jews fair Canaan stood,
While Jordan roll'd between.

4 But timorous mortals start, and shrink

To cross the narrow sea:
And linger, trembling on the brink,
And fear to launch away.

5 Oh, could we make our doubts remove,

Those gloomy doubts that rise.
And see the Canaan that we love,
With faith's illumined eyes;

6 Could we but climb where Moses stood,

And view the landscape o'er,
Not Jordan's streams nor death's cold flood,
Should fright us from the shore.

HYMN 200. C. M.

SHOULD nature's charms, to please the eye,
In sweet assemblage join,
All nature's charms would droop and die,
Jesus, compared with thine.

2 Vain were her fairest beams display'd,

And vain her blooming store;
Her brightness languishes to shade,
Her beauty is no more.

3 But, ah, how far from mortal sight

The Lord of glory dwells:
A veil of interposing night
His radiant face conceals.

4 Oh, could my longing spirit rise

On strong immortal wing,
And reach thy palace in the skies,
My Saviour and my King!

5 There, thousands worship at thy feet,

And there, divine employ, The triumphs of thy love repeat In songs of endless joy.

6 Thy presence beams eternal day

O'er all the blissful place;
Who would not drop this load of clay,
And die to see thy face 7

HYMN 201. III. 1.

Revelation vii. 9, &c.

WHO are these in bright array 1
This innumerable throng,
Round the altar, night and day

Tuning their triumphant song?
Worthy is the Lamb once slain,

Blessing, honour, glory, power,
Wisdom, riches, to obtain;
New dominion every hour.

2 These through fiery trials trod;

These from great affliction came;
Now before the throne of God,

Seal'd with his eternal Name:
Clad in raiment pure and white,

Victor palms in every hand,
Through their great Redeemer's might

More than conquerors they stand.

3 Hunger, thirst, disease unknown,

On immortal fruits they feed;
Then the Lamb amidst the throne

Shall to living fountains lead:
Joy and gladness banish sighs;

Perfect love dispels their fears;
And, for ever from their eyes

God shall wipe away their tears.


HYMN 202. C. M.

Genesis xxviii 20, 21.

GOD of our fathers, by whose hand
Thy people still are blest,
Be with us through our pilgrimage;
Conduct us to our rest

2 Through each perplexing path of life

Our wandering footsteps guide;
Give us each day our daily bread,
And raiment fit provide.

3 0 spread thy sheltering wings around,

Till all our wanderings cease,
And, at our Father's loved abode
Our souls arrive in peace.

4 Such blessings from thy gracious hand

Our humble prayers implore;
And thou, the Lord, shalt be our God,
And portion evermore.

HYMN 203. III. 3.

1 Chronicles xxix. 10-13.

BLESS'D be thou, the God of Israel,
Thou, our Father, and our Lord;
Bless'd thy Majesty for ever,
Ever be thy Name adored.

2 Thine, O Lord, are power and greatness,

Glory, victory, are thine own; All is thine in earth and heaven, Over all thy boundless throne.

3 Riches come of thee, and honour;

Power and might to thee belong;
Thine it is to make us prosper,
Only thine to make us strong.

4 Lord our God, for these, thy bounties,

Hymns of gratitude we raise; To thy Name, for ever glorious, Ever we address our praise.

HYMN 204. C. M.

Proverbi iii. 13-17.

OHAPPY is the man who hears
'Religion's warning voice,
And who celestial wisdom makes
His early, only choice.

2 For she has treasures greater far

Than east or west unfold;
More precious are her bright rewards
Than gems, or stores of gold.

3 Her right hand offers to the just

Immortal, happy days;
Her left, imperishable wealth,
And heavenly crowns displays.

4 And, as her holy labours rise,

So her rewards increase;
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.

HYMN 205. L. M.

Isaiah xl. 6-8.

THE morning flowers display their sweets,
And gay their silken leaves unfold;
As careless of the noon-day heats,
And fearless of the evening cold.

2 Nipp'd by the wind's unkindly blast,

Parch'd by the sun's more fervent ray,
The momentary glories waste,
The short-lived beauties die away.

3 So blooms the human face divine,

When youth its pride of beaut)■ shows;
Fairer than spring the colours shine,
And sweeter than the opening rose.

4 But, worn by slowly-rolling years,

Or broke by sickness in a day,
The fading glory disappears,

The short-lived beauties die away.

5 Yet these, new rising from the tomb,

With lustre brighter far shall shine;
Revive with ever-during bloom,
Safe from diseases and decline.

6 Let sickness blast, and death devour,
If heaven shall recompense our pains;
Perish the grass, and fade the flower,
If firm the Word of God remains.

HYMN 206. C. M.

Isaiah xl. 27-31.

WHY mournest thou, my anxious soul
Despairing of relief,
As if the Lord o'erlook'd thy cares,
Or pitied not thy grief!

2 Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard,

That firm remains on high, The everlasting throne of Him Who made the earth and sky?

3 Art thou afraid his power will fail

In sorrow's evil day?
Can the Creator's mighty arm
Grow weaiy or decay?

4 Supreme in wisdom as in power

The Rock of Ages stands; Thou canst not search his mind, nor trace The working of his hands.

5 He gives the conquest to the weak,

Supports the fainting heart; And courage in the evil hour His heavenly aids impart.

6 Mere human energy shall faint,

And youthful vigour cease;
But those who wait upon the Lord,
In strength shall still increase.

7 They, with unwearied step, shall tread

The path of life divine;
With growing ardour onward move,
With growing brightness shine.

8 On eagles' wings they mount, they soar

On wings of faith and love;
Till, past the sphere of earth and sin,
They rise to heaven above.

HYMN 207. C. M.

Isaiah lvii. 15. rriHUS speaks the High and Lofty One: -*- My throne is iix'd on high; There, through eternity, I hear The praises of the sky:

2 Yet, looking down, I visit oft

The humble, hallow'd cell;
And, with the penitent who mourn,
'Tis my delight to dwell

3 My presence heals the wounded heart,

The sad hi spirit cheers;
My presence, from the bed of dust,
The contrite sinner rears.

4 I dwell with all my humble saints
While they on earth remain;
And they, exalted, dwell with me,
With me for ever reign.

HYMN 208. II. 1.

Habakkuk iii. 17-19.

ALTHOUGH the vine its fruit deny.
The budding fig-tree droop and die,
No oil the olive yield;
Yet will I trust me in my God,
Yea, bend rejoicing to his rod,
And by his grace be heal'd.

2 Though fields, in verdure once array'd, By whirlwinds desolate, be laid,

Or parch'd by scorching beam;
Still in the Lord shall be my trust,
My joy; for, though his frown is just,

His mercy is supreme.

3 Though from the fold the flock decay,
Though herds lie famish'd o'er the lea,

And round the empty stall;
My soul above the wreck shall rise,
Its better joys are in the skies;

There God is all in all.

4 In God my strength, howe'er distrest,

I yet will hope, and calmly rest,
Nay, triumph in his love:

My lingering soul, my tardy feet,
Free as the hind he makes, and fleet,
To speed my course above.

HYMN 209. C. M.

St. John xiv. 6.

THOU art the Way, to thee alone
From sin and death we flee;
And he who would the Father seek,
Must seek him, Lord, by thee.

2 Thou art the Truth, thy word alone

True wisdom can impart;
Thou only canst inform the mind
And purify the heart.

3 Thou art the Life, the rending tomb

Proclaims thy conquering arm,
And those who put their trust in thee
Nor death nor hell shall harm.

4 Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life;

Grant us that way to know,
That truth to keep, that life to win,
Whose joys eternal flow.

H YMN 210. S. M.

Philippians ii. 12, 13.
TTEIRS of unending life,

While yet we sojourn here,

0 let us our salvation work
With trembling and with fear.

2 God will support our hearts

With might before unknown;
The work to be perform'd is ours,
The strength is all his own.

3 'Tis he that works to will,

'Tis he that works to do;
His is the power by which we act,
His be the glory too!

HYMN 211. III. 1.

Ephesians v. 14-17.

SINNER, rouse thee from thy sleep, Wake, and o'er thy folly weep; Raise thy spirit dark and dead, Jesus waits his light to shed.

2 Wake from sleep, arise from death,' See the bright and living path: Watchful tread that path; be wise, Leave thy folly, seek the skies.

3 Leave thy folly, cease from crime, From this hour redeem thy time; Life secure without delay,

Evil is the mortal day.

4 Be not blind and foolish still;
Call'd of Jesus, leara his will:
Jesus calls from death and night,
Jesus waits to shed his light.

HYMN 212. Q. M.

Hebrews xii. 1, 2. T 0! what a cloud of witnesses Encompass us around; Men once like us with suffering tried, But now with glory crown'd.

2 Let us, with zeal like theirs inspired,

Strive in the Christian race;
And, freed from every weight of sin,
Their holy footsteps trace.

3 Behold a witness nobler still,

Who trod affliction's path, Jesus, the author, finisher, Rewarder of our faith:

4 He, for the joy before him set,

And moved by pitying love,
Endured the cross, despised the shame,
And now he reigns above.

5 Thither, forgetting things behind,

Press we, to God's right hand; There, with the Saviour and his saints, Triumphantly to stand.


H< B■ The metre marks, affixed to the Psalms and Hymns, refer to a division of the Metres, founded on the nature of the verse, into four Classes, marked—I., II., III., IV. Class I. includes Common, Long, and Short metres, marked C. M., L. M., S. M.

Class II. includes the other Iambic metres, eight in number, marked II. 1, II. 2, II. 3, II. 4, &c., which may

be named Two, one; Two, two; Two, three, Sec. Class III. includes the Trochaic metres, being five in number, marked III. 1, III. 2, III. 3, &c., which may

be named Three, one; Three, two, &c. Class IV. includes the metres consisting chiefly of triplets, being five in number, marked IV. 1, IV. 3, IV. 3,

SEB., and may be named Four, one; Four, two, fee.


C. M.

TO Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom we adore,
Be glory, as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

L. M.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

The God whom earth and heaven adore,

Be glory, as it was of old,
Is now, and shall be evermore.

S. M.

To God the Father, Son,

And Spirit, glory be,
As 'twas, and is, and shall be so

To all eternity.


n. I.

TO Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heaven's triumphant

And saints on earth adore;
Be glory as in ages past,
As now it is, and so shall last

When time shall be no more.

II. 2.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,,

The God whom heaven's triumphant host,

And suffering saints on earth adore;
Be glory as in ages past,
As now it is, and so shall last

When time itself shall be no more.

n. 3.

To God the Father, God the 8on,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Be glory in the highest given,
By all in earth, and all in heaven,
As was through ages heretofore,
Is now, and shall be evermore.

II. 4.

To God the Father, Son,

And Spirit, ever bless'd,
Eternal Three in One,
All worship be address'd,
As heretofore
It was, is now,
And shall be so
For evermore.

n. 5.

To God the Father, and to God the Son,
To God the Holy Spirit, Three in One,
Be praise from all on earth and all in heaven,
As was, and is, and ever shall be given.

n. 6.

Eternal praise be given,

And songs of highest worth,
By all the hosts of heaven,

And all the saints on earth,
To God, supreme confess'd,

To Christ, his only Son,
And to the Spirit bless'd,

Eternal Three in One.

II. 7.

To Father, Son, and Spirit bless'd,
Supreme o'er earth and heaven,

Eternal Three in One confess'd,
Be highest glory given,

As was through ages heretofore,

Is now, and shall be evermore,
By all in earth and heaven.

II. 8.

Br all on earth and all in heaven
Be everlasting glory given,

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit; equal Three
In undivided Unity,

Ere time had yet its course begun:
As was, and is, be highest praise,
As still shall be through endless days.

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