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PRAYER MEETING

HYMNS.






"Iiet the people praise thee, God; let ALT' "1*0
people praise thee." Ps. lxvii. 5.



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THE KEW YORK
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AWOB, LENOX AND

TIU)EN FOUNDATIONS

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t&T This collection of Hymns, prepared bj a Committee of the Yorsa
Men's Christian Association, under the advice of several eminent clergy-
men of different evangelical denominations, is published for them by Tils
Americas Sbndat-Scbool Union.



THIS Collection of PRAYER MEETING
HYMNS was prepared in the spring of
1858, to meet a want then apparent to all
who frequented devotional meetings. The
hymns which are contained in it are gathered
from all the collections in use among Evan-
gelical Christians, and are appropriate for all
occasions of Christian worship. This little
book has been used in the daily prayer meet-
ing, the firemen's meeting, the church even-
ing meeting, the prison, almshouse and peni-
tentiary. It has cheered the afflicted believer
in the chamber of sickness ; the voice of
praise has been sounded in the words of its
hymns, in the mountain cabin, the coal mine,
the railroad car and the steamboat. Multi-
tudes of Christian worshippers in the tent
and in the open air meeting have praised God
with the words of its hymns; and in innu-
merable instances has it been blessed to the
spiritual edification of those who have used
it. The words of Scripture which preface



these hymns have spoken peace and comfort
to the soul of many a believer, and have af-
forded themes for earnest and pointed ex-
hortations in the prayer meeting.

The names of the tunes which are at the
head of each hymn in this edition refer to
the tunes in the "Prater Meeting Tune
Book." This designation of tunes is intended
to serve as a convenience to those who lead
the singing. Only one tune is designated to
each hymn. This is not to convey the idea
that no other tune is suitable for the hymn,
but merely to point out a tune which is suit-
able. These selections have been carefully
made, and in making them, the hymns have
been repeatedly sung with the tunes, the
names of which are here affixed to them, to
test their appropriateness.

The book, with its companion, the Prayer
Meeting Tune Book, goes forth anew on its
mission of usefulness. May it continue to be
greatly blest to the strengthening of the Lord's
people, and the awakening of unbelievers,

September, 1859.
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Tune, Coronation. _ (~i "TUT

PRATER MEEIIUO TUNE BCCZ, PAGE 27. >->• -i-'-L.

"Kino of kings and Lord of lords."
Rev. xix. 16.

ALL hail the power of Jesus' name !
Let angels prostrate fall ;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown him Lord of all.



2 Ye chosen seed of Israel's race,
A remnant weak and small !
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
And crown him Lord of alL.

8 Ye Gentile sinners, ne'er forget
The wormwood and the gall ;
Go, spread your trophies at his feet,
And crown him Lord of all.

4 May we with heaven's rejoicing throng
Before his presence fall,
Join in the everlasting song,
And crown him Lord of all !

5



ERAVER MEETING HYMNS.

2 Tune, Webb. rj (*

PRATER MEIII.NS TU^E BOOK, PAGE 71. /) O*

" Clirist was once offered to bear the sins of many."
Heb. ix. 28.

I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God ;
He bears them all, and frees us

From the accursed load.
I bring my guilt to Jesus,

To "wash my crimson stains
White, in his blood most precious,
Till not a spot remains.

2 I lay my wants on Jesus ;

All fulness dwells in him ;
He heals all my diseases,

He doth my soul redeem.
I lay my griefs on Jesus,

My burdens and my cares ;
He from them all releases,

He all my sorrow shares.

3 I rest my soul on Jesus,

This weary soul of mine ;
His right hand me embraces,

I on his breast recline.
I love the name of Jesus,

Immanuel, Christ, the Lord ;
Like fragrance on the breezes

His name abroad is poured.



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PRAYER MEETING HYMNS.

I long to be like Jesus,

Meek, loving, lowly, mild ;
I long to be like Jesus,

The Father's holy child.
I long to be with Jesus,

ximid the heavenly throng,
To sing with saints his praises,

To learn the angels' song.

Tune, Blendon. ^ T TUT

PRAYER MEETING TDNE BOOZ, PAGE 7. XJ« J.U.I

I know that my Redeemer livetli." Job xix. 25.

KNOW that ray Ptedeemer lives :
What comfort this sweet sentence
gives !
He lives, he lives, who once was dead,
He lives, my ever living head.

2 He lives to bless me with his love,
He lives to plead for me above,
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.

3 He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears,
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives, all blessings to impart.

4 He lives, all glory to his name !
He lives, my Jesus, still the same ;

the sweet joy this sentence gives,

1 know that my Pvedeemer lives !



PRAYER MEETING HYMNS.



£\. Tune, Duke Street. T twt

""" PRATER MEETING TONS BOOK, PAGE 8. J-I. -L"-L.

"Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I
also deny before my Father which is in heaven."
Matt. x. 33.

JESUS ! and can it ever be,
A mortal man ashamed of thee ?
Ashamed of thee, "whom angels praise,
Whose glories shine through endless
days!



2 Ashamed of Jesus ! sooner far
Let evening blush to own a star ;
He sheds the beams of light divine
O'er this benighted soul of mine.

3 Ashamed of Jesus ! that dear friend
On whom my hopes of heaven depend ?
No ; when I blush, be this my shame,
That 1 no more revere his name.

4 Ashamed of Jesus ! Yes, I may,
When I've no guilt to wash away, —
No tear to wipe, no good to crave,
No fears to hush, no soul to save.

5 Till then — nor is my boasting vain —
Till then I boast a Saviour slain !
And may this my glory be,
Jesus is not ashamed of me I



PRAYER MEETING HYMN'S.



Tune, Otto.

PaATBR MEETING TONE BOOK, PAOE



, 8, 7.



"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"
Romans viii. 35.

HAIL ! my ever blessed Jesus,
Only thee I -wish to sing ;
To my soul thy name is precious,
Thou my Prophet, Priest, and King.

2 what mercy flows from heaven !
what joy and happiness!
Love I much ? I'm much forgiven ;
I'm a miracle of grace.

8 Once with Adam's race in ruin,
Unconcerned in sin I lay ;
Swift destruction still pursuing,
Till my Saviour passed that way.

4 Witness, all ye hosts of heaven,

My Redeemer's tenderness ;
Love I much ? I'm much forgiven ;
I'm a miracle of grace.

5 Shout, ye bright angelic choir,

Praise the Lamb enthroned above,
Whilst, astonished, I admire

God's free grace and boundless love.

6 That blessed moment I received him

Filled my soul with joy and peace:
Love I much ? I'm much forgiven ;
I'm a miracle of grace.

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PRAYER MEETING nTMNS.
f\ Tune, Rothwell. T TUT

w PKAYZB MSEI1NS TUNE BCCE, PAGE 16. J-h J.U.*

"Whose dominion i3 an everlasting dominion, and
his kingdom is from generation to generation."
Dan. iv. 34.

JESUS shall reign -where'er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.

2 To him shall endless prayer be made,
And endless praises crown his head;
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.

3 People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on his love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on his name.

4 Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honours to our King ;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen.



Tune, Fountain.

PRATER KEEIIK'i :ISJ BOOK. PAGE



CM.



: Being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from
wrath through him." Romans v. 9.

THERE is a fountain, filled with blood,
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.

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PRAYER MEETING HYMNS.

2 The dying thief rejoiced to see

That fountain in his day ;
And there may I, as vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

3 Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood

Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved, to sin no more.

4 E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream

Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

5 Then, in a nobler, sweeter song,

I'll sing thy power to save ;
When this poor lisping, stammering
tongue
Lies silent in the grave.

£1 Tune, Brown. /I TUT

*^ PRAYER MEETIKQ TCN'E BOOK, FA'JE 24. V^» jLfJLo

" Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners."
1 Tim. i. 15.

PLUNGED in a gulf of dark despair,
We wretched sinners lay,
Without one cheerful beam of hope,
Or spark of glimmering day.

2 With pitying eyes the Prince of grace
Beheld our helpless grief;
He saw, and 0, amazing love !
He ran to our relief.

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PRAYER MEETING HYMNS.

3 Down from the shining seats above

With joyful haste he fled,
Entered the grave in mortal flesh,
And dwelt among the dead.

4 0, for this love, let rocks and hills

Their lasting silence break,
And all harmonious human tongues
The Saviour's praises speak.

9 Tune, De Fleury. O c

PBAIES LIE3X1NG 1~.-JK BOOS, P£GE PI. C 0«

"Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by
thy blood." Rev. v. 9.

MY gracious Redeemer I love,
His praises aloud I'll proclaim ;
And join with the armies above,
To shout his adorable name :
To gaze on his glories divine,

Shall be my eternal employ —
To see them incessantly shine,
My boundless, ineffable joy.
2 He freely redeemed, with his blood,
My soul from the confines of hell,
To live on the smiles of my God,

And in his sweet presence to dwell ;
To shine with the angels in light,

With saints and with seraphs to sing;
To view with eternal delight,

My Jesus, my Saviour, my King.
8 Ye palaces, sceptres, and crowns,
Your pride with disdain I survey ;
Your pomps are but shadows and sounds ;
And pass in a moment away :

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PRAYER MEETING HYMNS.

The crown that my Saviour bestows,
Yon permanent sun shall outshine ;

My joy everlastingly flows —
My God, my Redeemer is mine.



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PRAYER MEETINO 1CSI BOOK, PAGE 31



TVe love him because he first loved us."
1 John iv. 19.



THOU, my Jesus ! Thou didst me
Upon the cross embrace ;
For me didst bear the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace;

2 And griefs and torments numberless,

And sweat of agony,
Ycz, death itself; and all for one
That was thine enemy.

3 Then why, blessed Jesus Christ !

Should I not love thee well ?
Not for the hope of winning heaven,
Nor of escaping hell ;

4 Not with the hope of gaining aught,

Not seeking a reward ;
But as thyself hast loved me,
ever loving Lord !

5 E'en so I love thee and will love,

And in thy praise will sing ;
Solely because thou art my God,
And my eternal King.

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PRAYER MEETING HYMNS.

Tune, Bartimeus. q rj

•*•* FBAYE?. MEEII.NO IUSE BOOK, PAOZ 74. Oj /.

" A friend that sticketh closer than a brother."
Prov. xviii. 24.

ONE there is above all others,
Well deserves the name of Friend ;
His is love beyond a brother's, .
Costly, free, and knows no end.
2 Which of all our friends, to save us,
Could or would have shed his blood ?
But this Saviour died to have us
Reconciled, in him, to God.
8 When he lived on earth abased,
Friend of sinners was his name ;
Now, above all glory raised,
He rejoices in the same.
4 for grace our hearts to soften !
Teach us, Lord, at length to love ;
We, alas ! forget too often
What a friend we have above.

Tj O Tune, Remember Me. fi TUT

J. £1 PRAYSK MEETING IDKI : -, PAGE 35. V^. JJjLi

" Christ died for our sins." 1 Cor. xt. 3.

ALAS ! and did my Saviour bleed !
And did my Sovereign die !
Would he devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I ?
2 W T as it for crimes that I have done,
lie groaned upon the tree ?
Amazing pit} 7 ! grace unknown !
And love beyond degree !

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PRATER MEETING HTMXS.

3 Well might the sun in darkness hide

And shut his glories in ;
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man the creature's siu.

4 Thus might I hide my blushing face,

While his dear cross appears :
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

5 But drops of grief can ne'er repay

The debt of love I owe ;
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
'Tis all that I can do.

1 R Tune, Zion. Q r? A

*•** PRATER LIEETI>:G TUNES, PAGE 51. Oj i ; it

" It is finished." Jonx xix. 30.

HARK ! the voice of love and mercy
Sounds aloud from Calvary ;
See, it rends the rocks asunder,

Shakes the earth, and veils the sky !

'-It is finished !"
Hear the dying Saviour cry.

2 " It is finished '" — what pleasure

Do these precious words afford !
Heavenly blessings without measure
Flow to us from Christ the Lord ;

"It is finished!"
Saints, the dying words record.

3 Finished — all the types and shadows

Of the ceremonial law ;
Finished — all that God had promised ;



PKATER MEETING HYMNS,

Death and hell no more shall awe :

" It is finished !"
Saints, from hence your comforts draw-
4 Tune your harps anew, ye seraphs,
Join to sing the pleasing theme ;
All on earth and all in heaven,
Join to praise ImmanuePs name ;

Hallelujah !
Glory to the bleeding Lamb.

1 4- Tune, Uxbridge. T TUT

■*■ ■*■ PRATER MEETING TCNE BOCK, PAGE 18. J-J« J.U..

"The Lord our righteousness." Jer. xrdii. 6.

JESUS, thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress ;
'Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

2 This spotless robe the same appears
When ruined nature sinks in years ;
No age can change its glorious hue,
The robe of Christ is ever new.

3 When from the dust of death I rise,
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Even then, this shall be all my plea,
Jesus hath lived, hath died for me.

1 K Tune, Christmas. f*i TUT

**J PRATER MEETING TUNE ECOK, PAGE 23. V^. XU.*

" Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay
down his life for his friends." Join* xv. 13.

TO our Redeemer's glorious Name
Awake the sacred song :
may his love (immortal flame)
Tune every heart and tongue.

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PRAYER MEETING HYMNS.

2 His love, -what mortal thought can reach,
"What mortal tongue display !
Imagination's utmost stretch
In wonder dies away.

8 He left his radiant throne on high,
Left the bright realms of bliss,
And came to earth to bleed and die !
Was ever love like this ?

4 Dear Lord, while we adoring pay

Our humble thanks to thee,
May every heart with rapture say,


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