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2 These transient scenes will soon decay,
They fade upon the sight;
3 Their brightest day, alas, how vain,
With conscious sighs we own;
4 O, could our thoughts and wishes fly
Above these gloomy shades,
5 There, joys unseen by mortal eyes,
Or reason's feeble ray,
6 Lord, send a beam of light divine,
To guide our upward aim:
7 Then shall, on faith's sublimest wing,
Our ardent wishes rise,
HYMN 198. C. M.
COME. Lord, and warm each languid heart,
Inspire each lifeless tongue,
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;
6 Lord, tune our hearts to praise and love,
Our feeble notes inspire;
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;
3 Bright fields, beyond the swelling flood,
Stand dress'd in living green;
4 But timorous mortals start, and shrink
To cross the narrow sea:
5 Oh, could we make our doubts remove,
Those gloomy doubts that rise.
6 Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o'er,
HYMN 200. C. M.
SHOULD nature's charms, to please the eye,
2 Vain were her fairest beams display'd,
And vain her blooming store;
3 But, ah, how far from mortal sight
The Lord of glory dwells:
4 Oh, could my longing spirit rise
On strong immortal wing,
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;
HYMN 201. III. 1.
Revelation vii. 9, &c.
WHO are these in bright array 1
Tuning their triumphant song?
Blessing, honour, glory, power,
2 These through fiery trials trod;
These from great affliction came;
Seal'd with his eternal Name:
Victor palms in every hand,
More than conquerors they stand.
3 Hunger, thirst, disease unknown,
On immortal fruits they feed;
Shall to living fountains lead:
Perfect love dispels their fears;
God shall wipe away their tears.
HYMN 202. C. M.
Genesis xxviii 20, 21.
GOD of our fathers, by whose hand
2 Through each perplexing path of life
Our wandering footsteps guide;
3 0 spread thy sheltering wings around,
Till all our wanderings cease,
4 Such blessings from thy gracious hand
Our humble prayers implore;
HYMN 203. III. 3.
1 Chronicles xxix. 10-13.
BLESS'D be thou, the God of Israel,
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;
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
2 For she has treasures greater far
Than east or west unfold;
3 Her right hand offers to the just
Immortal, happy days;
4 And, as her holy labours rise,
So her rewards increase;
HYMN 205. L. M.
Isaiah xl. 6-8.
THE morning flowers display their sweets,
2 Nipp'd by the wind's unkindly blast,
Parch'd by the sun's more fervent ray,
3 So blooms the human face divine,
When youth its pride of beaut)■ shows;
4 But, worn by slowly-rolling years,
Or broke by sickness in a day,
The short-lived beauties die away.
5 Yet these, new rising from the tomb,
With lustre brighter far shall shine;
6 Let sickness blast, and death devour,
HYMN 206. C. M.
Isaiah xl. 27-31.
WHY mournest thou, my anxious soul
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?
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;
7 They, with unwearied step, shall tread
The path of life divine;
8 On eagles' wings they mount, they soar
On wings of faith and love;
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;
3 My presence heals the wounded heart,
The sad hi spirit cheers;
4 I dwell with all my humble saints
HYMN 208. II. 1.
Habakkuk iii. 17-19.
ALTHOUGH the vine its fruit deny.
2 Though fields, in verdure once array'd, By whirlwinds desolate, be laid,
Or parch'd by scorching beam;
His mercy is supreme.
3 Though from the fold the flock decay,
And round the empty stall;
There God is all in all.
4 In God my strength, howe'er distrest,
I yet will hope, and calmly rest,
My lingering soul, my tardy feet,
HYMN 209. C. M.
St. John xiv. 6.
THOU art the Way, to thee alone
2 Thou art the Truth, thy word alone
True wisdom can impart;
3 Thou art the Life, the rending tomb
Proclaims thy conquering arm,
4 Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life;
Grant us that way to know,
H YMN 210. S. M.
Philippians ii. 12, 13.
While yet we sojourn here,
0 let us our salvation work
2 God will support our hearts
With might before unknown;
3 'Tis he that works to will,
'Tis he that works to do;
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;
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;
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,
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.
TO Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom earth and heaven adore,
Be glory, as it was of old,
To God the Father, Son,
And Spirit, glory be,
To all eternity.
TO Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
And saints on earth adore;
When time shall be no more.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,,
The God whom heaven's triumphant host,
And suffering saints on earth adore;
When time itself shall be no more.
To God the Father, God the 8on,
To God the Father, Son,
And Spirit, ever bless'd,
To God the Father, and to God the Son,
Eternal praise be given,
And songs of highest worth,
And all the saints on earth,
To Christ, his only Son,
Eternal Three in One.
To Father, Son, and Spirit bless'd,
Eternal Three in One confess'd,
As was through ages heretofore,
Is now, and shall be evermore,
Br all on earth and all in heaven
To God the Father, God the Son,
Ere time had yet its course begun: