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2. The offerings to thy throne which rise,

Of mingled praise and prayer, Are but a worthless sacrifice, Unless the heart is there.

3. Upon thine all-discerning ear,

Let no vain words intrude, No tribute but the vow sincere, The tribute of the good.

My offerings will indeed be blest,

If sanctified by thee;
If thy pure spirit touch my

With its own purity.

5. 0 may

that spirit warm my heart To piety and love, And to life's lowly vale impart Some rays

from heaven above ! 434. L. M. [Him that is weak in the faith receive ye.

Rom. xiv. 1.]

Blest with the gospel for our guide,
Where charity and meekness reign,
O never may religious pride
The weaker brother's plea disdain !

“ Him that is weak in faith receive,”
Nor view with cold averted eye:
Convinced, and happy to believe,
Forbear to judge his destiny.


He who has framed the human mind
Its wandering and its weakness knows :
And all who seek the truth shall find
That mercy to the erring flows.

Ye servants of the Prince of Peace,
Show the blest influence of his word:
So shall the church of Christ increase,
And every tongue confess the Lord.

435. c. M.

The religious character.

Who shall behold the King of kings

In his fair dwelling-place?
Who shall ascend on seraph wings
And see him “face to face?

He, the foundations of whose hope

In humble thoughts are laid ; Who still with cheerful faith looks

up For pardon and for aid :

3. Who hastens with the dawning day

The throne of grace to seek, And, taught himself, would teach the way Of peace to all the weak :

Whose fervent spirit eager springs

To do thy will, O Lord ;
Who sees thee in all beauteous things,

Who hears thee in thy word.


6. We purge our mortal dross away,

Refining as we run;
But while we die to earth and sense
Our heaven is begun.

438. c. M.
Asking the way to Zion.

1. INQUIRE, ye pilgrims, for the way

That leads to Zion's hill;
And thither set your steady face,
With a determined will.

Invite the strangers all around

Your pious march to join; And spread the sentiments you

feel Of faith and love divine.

3. Come, let us to his temple haste,

And seek his favour there; Before his footstool humbly bow, And pour out fervent prayer.

4. Come, let us join our souls to God,

In everlasting bands; And seize the blessings he bestows, With eager hearts and hands.

5. Come, let us seal without delay The covenant of his

grace; Nor shall the years of distant life

Its memory efface.

6. Thus may our rising offspring haste

To seek their fathers' God; Nor e'er forsake the happy path

Their youthful feet have trod.

439. S. M.

DODDRIDGE. [Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord

when he cometh shall find watching.
Luke xii. 35, 37.]

YE servants of the Lord,

Each in his office wait,
Observant of his heavenly word,
And watchful at his gate.

Let all your lamps be bright,

And trim the golden flame;
Gird up your loins, as in his sight,
For awful is his name.

Watch, 'tis your Lord's command ;

And while we speak, he's near :
Mark the first signal of his hand,
And ready all appear.

O happy servant he

In such a posture found !
He shall his Lord with rapture see,

And be with honour crown'd.

440. L. M.


[Psalm cxix.]


How blest, the blest of God, are they Who keep Jehovah's perfect way; Blest, who his word reveal'd fulfill, And seek, with perfect heart, his will.

2. Redeem'd from sin's imperious sway, Their steps his guiding hand obey ; For not in vain his laws require The heedful

eye, the prompt desire.


O may my feet, with steadfast view,
The path thy precepts teach pursue !
With eye intent thy laws to trace,
No shame shall veil my conscious face.

Thy righteous judgements taught to know,
My heart sincere thy praise shall show :
Nor from that heart do thou withdraw,
Which strives to keep thy honoured law.

441. L. M.

JOHN TAYLOR. [If the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.

Matt. vi. 23.]

1. There is a beam of glorious light, A spark that from Heaven's radiant throne Cheers with kind power our mental sight, And guides our dubious footsteps on.

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