The lessons of thy rod.
4 In every changing scene of life,
Whate'er that scene may be,
Give us a meek and humble mind,
A mind at peace with thee.
5 Do thou direct our steps aright,
Help us thy name to fear ;
Oh give us grace to watch and pray,
And strength to persevere.
6 Then may we close our eyes in death,
Free from distracting care ;
For death is life — and labor rest.
m f If thou art with us there.
C. M. Dundee. Barby
1 FATHER, whate'er of earthly bliss
Thy sovereign will denies,
Accepted at thy throne of grace
Let this petition rise : —
n»P 2 ' Give me a calm, a thankful heart.
From every murmur free ;
The blessings of thy grace impart,
And make me live to thee.
3 Oh, let the hope that thou art mine,
My life and death attend —
< Thy presence through my journey shine,
mf And crown my journey's end.'
C. M. Stamford. Colchester.
o4U God's Covenant a Security in Trouble.
1 MY God, the covenant of thy love
Abides forever sure ;
And in its boundless grace I feel
My happiness secure.
2 Since thou, the everlasting God,
My Father art become ;
My Saviour my almighty Friend,
And heaven my final home ; —
3 I welcome all thy sovereign will,
For all that will is love ;
And when thy way, great God, is dark,
I wait thy light above.
4 Thy covenant, in my dying hour,
Shall dwell upon my tongue,
< And when I wake, shall still employ
mf My everlasting song.
S. m. Haverhill. Dover.
Ot: 1 Casting our Cares on God.
1 HOW gentle God's commands !
How kind his precepts are !
Come, cast your burdens on the Lord,
And trust his constant care.
2 His bounty will provide,
His saints securely dwell ;
That hand which bears creation up,
Shall guard his children well.
3 Why should this anxious load
Press down your weary mind ?
Oil, seek your heavenly Father's throne,
P And peace and comfort find.
— 4 His goodness stands approved,
Unchanged from day to day;
mf I'll drop my burden at his feet,
And bear a song away.
S. M. Olmutz. Mornington.
u4^J Humbly waiting on God.
1 AND shall I sit alone,
Oppressed with grief and fear ?
To God, my Father, make my moan,
And he refuse to hear ?
2 If he my Father be,
His pity he will show ;
From cruel bondage set me free,
And inward peace bestow.
3 If still he silence keep,
'Tis but my faith to try ;
He knows and feels whene'er I weep,
And softens every sigh.
4 Then will I humbly wait,
Nor once indulge despair ;
My sins are great— but not so great
As his compassions are.
t>4o L. M. Ralston. Appleton.
1 WAIT, O my soul, thy Maker's will ;
Tumultuous passions, all be still!
Nor let a murmuring thought arise —
His ways are just — his counsels wise.
2 He in the thickest darkness dwells,
Performs his work — the cause conceals ;
But, though his methods are unknown,
Judgment and truth support his throne.
3 Wait then, my soul — submissive wait,
Prostrate before his awful seat :
'Midst all the terrors of his rod,
Still trust a wise and gracious God.
a * A C. M. Colchester. Stamford.
Otctc Bearing Shame for Christ.
■rf 1 DIDST thou, dear Saviour, suffer shame,
And bear the cross for me ?
And shall I fear to own thy name,
Or thy disciple be ?
2 Inspire my soul with life divine,
And make me truly bold ;
Let knowledge, faith, and meekness slime,
Nor love, nor zeal grow cold.
3 Let mockers scoff— the world defame,
And treat me with disdain ;
Still may I glory in thy name,
And count reproach my gain.
4 To thee 1 cheerfully submit,
And all my powers resign ;
Let wisdom point out what is fit,
And I'll no more repine.
CM. Grafton. Dedham.
1 AM I an Israelite indeed,
Without a false disguise ?
Have 1 renounced my sins, and left
My refuges of lies ?
2 Say, does my heart unchanged remain ?
Or is it formed anew ?
What is the rule by which I walk,
The object I pursue ?
3 Cause me, O God of truth and grace,
My real state to know !
If I am wrong — oh set me right!
If right — preserve me so !
t>45 L. M. Slade. Germany.
1 SWEET peace of conscience, heavenly guest !
Come — fix thy mansion in my breast,
Dispel my doubts — my fears control,
And heaf the anguish of my soul.
2 Come, smiling hope, and joy sincere,
Come, make your constant dwelling here ;
Still let your presence cheer my heart,
Nor sin compel you to depart.
3 O God of hope, and peace divine,
Make thou these sacred pleasures mine !
Forgive my sins — my fears remove,
And fill my heart with joy and love.
CM. Eastport. Patmos.
«54 / Chiding ourselves for spiritual Sloth.
1 MY drowsy powers ! why sleep ye so ?
Awake, my sluggish soul !
Nothing has half thy work to do,
Yet nothing's half so dull.
2 Go to the ants ! — for one poor grain
See how they toil and strive !
Yet we, who have a heaven t' obtain,
How negligent we live !
3 We, for whose sake all nature stands,
And stars their courses move —
We, for whose guard the angel-bands
Come flying from above —
4 We, for whom God the Son came down
And labored for our good —
How careless to secure that crown
He purchased with his blood !
Aff 5 Lord, shall we lie so sluggish still,
And never act our parts ? —
Come, holy Dove, from th' heavenly hill,
And melt our frozen hearts.
mf 6 Give us with active zeal to move,
With vigorous souls to rise ;
< With hands of faith — and wings of love,
f To fly and take the prize.
C. M. Bedford. Stamford.
OiO Deliverance from Shi desired.
1 THOU great Redeemer ! set me free
From my old state of sin ;
Oh make my soul alive to thee ;
Create new powers within.
2 Renew mine eyes — and form mine ears,
And mould my heart afresh ;
Give me new passions, joys, and fears,
And turn the stone to flesh.
3 Far from the regions of the dead,
From sin, and earth, and hell,
In that new world thy grace hath made,
I would forever dwell.
C. M. Grafton. Barby.
1 OH may my heart, by grace renewed,
Be my Redeemer's throne ;
And be my stubborn will subdued,
His rightful claim to own.
2 Let deep repentance, faith, and love,
Be joined with godly fear ;
And all my conversation prove
My heart to be sincere.
3 Preserve me safe from every sin,
Through my remaining days;
And let each virtue in me shine,
To my Redeemer's praise.
4 Let lively hope my soul inspire ;
Let warm affections rise ;
And may I wait with strong desire,
To mount above the skies.
C. M. Howard's. Wachusett.
1 OH for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free !
A heart that's sprinkled with the blood
So freely shed for me !
2 Oh for a heart submissive, meek,
My great Redeemer's throne ;
Where only Christ is heard to speak.
Where Jesus reigns alone.
3 Oh for an humble, contrite heart,
Believing, true, and clean !
Which neither life, nor death, can part,
From him that dwells within.
4 Thy temper, gracious Lord, impart ;
Come quickly from above ;
Oh write thy name upon my heart —
Thy name, O God, is love.
L. M. Appleton. Medway.
1 AND dost thou say, ' Ask what thou wilt ?'
Lord, I would seize the golden hour :
1 pray to be released from guilt,
And freed from sin's polluting power.
2 More of thy presence, Lord, impart;
More of thine image let me bear:
Erect thy throne within my heart,
And reign without a rival there.
3 Give me to read my pardon sealed,
And from thy joy to draw my strength ;
Oh be thy boundless love revealed
In all its height, and breadth, and length.
4 Grant these requests — I ask no more,
But to thy care the rest resign :
Sick, or in health— or rich, or poor,
All shall be well, if thou art mine.
Pleyel's Hymn. Norwich.
1 LAMB of God, who thee receive,
Who in thee desire to live,
Day and night they cry to thee,
As thou art, so let us be !
2 Fix — oh fix our wavering mind !
To thy cross our spirits bind :
Gladly now we would be clean ;
Cleanse our hearts from eveiy sin.
3 Dust and ashes though we be,
Full of guilt and misery;
Thine we are, thou Son of God ;
Take the purchase of thy blood.
4 Sinners who in thee believe
Everlasting life receive ;
They with joy behold thy face,
Triumph in thy pardoning grace.
C. M. Stamford. Grafton.
Prayer for quickening Grace.
1 PERMIT me, Lord, to seek thy face,
Obedient to thy call ;
To seek the presence of thy grace,
My strength, my life, my all.
2 All I can wish is thine to give :
My God, I ask thy love,
That greatest boon I can receive,
That bliss of heaven above.
3 To heaven my restless heart aspires,
Oh ! for some quickening ray,
To animate my faint desires,
And cheer the tiresome way ;
4 While sin and Satan join their art
To keep me from my Lord,
Dear Saviour, guard my trembling heart,
And guide me by thy word.
5 Whene'er the tempting foe alarms,
Or spreads the fatal snare,
I'll Uy to my Redeemer's arms,
For safety must be there.
6 My Guardian, my almighty Friend,
'On thee my soul would rest ;
On thee alone my hopes depend,
In thee I'm ever blest.
L. M. Summer. Danvers.
1 COME, gracious Lord — descend and dwell
By faith and love in every breast ;
Then shall we know, and taste, and feel
The joys that cannot be expressed.
2 Come, fill our hearts with inward strength,
Make our e tlarged souls possess,
And learn the height, and breadth, and length,
Of thine eternal love and grace.
3 Now to the God whose power can do
More than our thoughts and wishes know,
Be everlasting honors done
By all the church, through Christ his Son.
tJOO S. M. St. Thomas. Mornington.
1 BEHOLD the throne of grace!
The \ "omise calls me near ;
There Je.ms shows a smiling face,
And waits to answer prayer.
2 Thine image, Lord, bestow,
Thy presence and thy love :
I ask to serve thee here below,
And reign with thee above.
3 Teach me to live by faith,
Conform my will to thine ;
Let me victorious he in death,
And then in glory shine.
4 If thou these blessings give,
And wilt my portion be,
All worldly joys I'll cheerful leave,
And find my heaven in thee.
C. M. Wachusett. Princeton.
tjOK) Longing for a closer Walk with God.
1 OH ! for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame :
A light, to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb.
2 Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord ?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
Of Jesus and his word?
3 What peaceful hours 1 once enjoyed! —
How sweet their memory still ! —
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.
4 Return, O holy Hove ! return —
Sweet messenger of rest !
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
And drove thee from my breast.
5 The dearest idol I have known,
Whate'er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from thy throne,
And worship only thee,
mf 6 So shall my walk be close with God ;
p Calm and serene my frame ;
< So purer light shall mark the road
mf That leads me to the Lamb.
C. M. Stamford. Walney.
tJO t Christians perfected by Grace through Christ.
1 FATHER of peace ! and God of love !
We own thy power to save ;
That power by which our Saviour rose
Victorious o'er the grave.
2 We triumph in that Saviour's name,
Still watchful for our good ;
Who brought th' eternal covenant down,
And sealed it with his blood.
3 So may the Spirit seal our souls,
And mould them to thy will ;
Our treacherous hearts no more shall rove,
But keep thy covenant still.
mf 4 Still may we gain superior strength,
And press with vigor on,
Till full perfection crown our hopes,
And fix us near thy throne.
rt L. M. Gloucester. Sparta.
tJ&O Blessedness of the Righteous.
1 BLEST are the humble souls that see
Their emptiness and poverty :
Treasures of grace to them are given,
And crowns of joy laid up in heaven.
2 Blest are the men of broken heart,
Who mourn for sin with inward smart ;
The blood of Christ divinely flows,
A healing balm for all their woes.
3 Blest are the meek, who stand afar
From rage and passion, noise and war ;
God will secure their happy state,
And plead their cause against the great.
4 Blest are the souls that thirst for grace,
Hunger and long for righteousness ;
They shall be well supplied, and fed
With living streams and living bread.
5 Blest are the men whose mercies move
To acts of kindness and of love ;
From Christ, the Lord, shall they obtain
Like sympathy and love again.
6 Blest are the pure, whose hearts are clean,
Who never tread the ways of sin ;
With endless pleasure they shall see
A God of spotless purity.
7 Blest are the men of peaceful life,
Who quench the coals of growing strife ;
They shall be called the heirs of bliss,
The sons of God — the God of peace.
8 Blest are the faithful, who partake
Of pain and shame for Jesus' sake ;
Their souls shall triumph in the Lord;
Eternal life is their reward.
THE CHRISTIAN VIEWED IN VARIOUS RE-
LATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES.
_ r S. M. Mornington. Shirland.
o59 Vital Union to Christ.
1 DEAR Saviour, Ave are thine
By everlasting bonds :
Our hearts, our souls we would resign,
Entirely to thy hands.
2 To thee we still would cleave
With ever-growing zeal ;
If millions tempt us Christ to leave,
Oh let them ne'er prevail.
3 Thy Spirit shall unite
Our souls to thee, our head ;
Shall form us to thy image bright,
And teach thy paths to tread.
4 Death may our souls divide
From these abodes of clay ;
But love shall keep us near thy side,
Through all the gloomy way.
5 Since Christ and we are one,
Why should we doubt or fear?
If he in heaven hath fixed his throne,
He'll fix his members there.
OUU L. M. Alfreton. Hague
1 WHEN sins and fears prevailing rise,
And fainting hone almost expires,
To thee, O Lord, I lift my eyes,
To thee 1 breathe my soul's desires.
2 Art thou not mine, my living Lord ?
And can my hope, my comfort die ? —
Tis fixed on thine almighty word —
That word which built tlie earth and sky ?
3 If my immortal Saviour lives,
Then my immortal life is sure:
His word a firm foundation gives ;
Here I may build — and rest secure.
4 Here let my faith unshaken dwell ;
Forever sure the promise stands :
Not all the powers of earth, or hell,
Can e'er dissolve the sacred bands.
5 Here, O my soul, thy trust repose !
If Jesus is forever mine,
Not death itself— that last of foes —
Shall break a union so divine.
L. M. Rotlnvell. Sheffield
1 I KNOW that my Redeemer lives ;
What joy the blest assurance gives !
He lives — he lives ! who once was dead,
He lives, my everlasting 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, and grants me daily breath,
He lives, and I shall conquer death ;
He lives my mansion to prepare,
He lives to bring me safely there.
4 He lives ! — all glory to his name !
He lives, my Saviour, still the same ;
How great the joy this sentence gives,
* I know that my Redeemer lives I*
L. M. Rotterdam. Uxbridge.
OUtd Deriving Strength from Christ.
1 LET me but hear my Saviour say,
' Strength shall he equal to thy day;'
Then 1 rejoice in deep distress,
Upheld by all-sufficient grace.
2 I can do all things — or can bear
All suffering, if my Lord he there ;
Sweet pleasures mingle with the pains,
While he my sinking head sustains.
3 I glorv in infirmity,
That Christ's own power may rest on me;
When 1 am weak— then am I strong;
Grace is my shield — and Christ my song.
C. M. Covington. Mansfield.
OUO Living by Faith on the Son of God.
1 BLEST Jesus, while in mortal flesh
1 hold my trail abode,
Still would my spirit rest on thee,
My Saviour, and my God.
2 On thy dear cross I fix my eyes,
Then raise them to thy "seat ;
Till love dissolves my inmost soul,
At my Redeemer's feet.
3 Be dead, my heart, to worldly charms*
Be dead to every sin ;
< And tell the boldest foe without,
f That Jesus reigns within.
OUHb 7s. Alsen. Norwich
1 SON of God, thy blessing grant,
Still supply my every want ;
Tree of life, thine influence shed,
With thy fruit my spirit feed.
P 2 Tenderest branch, alas! ami;
Without thee, 1 droop and die ;
Weaker than a bruised reed,
Help 1 every moment need.
— 3 All my hopes on thee depend;
Love me, save me, to the end!
Give me thy supporting grace,
m f Take the everlasting praise.
o/jr L. M. Danvers. Hebron.
t$OD Christian Fellowship.
1 HOW blest the sacred tie, that binds
In sweet communion kindred minds!
How swift the heavenly course they run,
Whose hearts, whose faith, whose hopes are one !
2 To each, the soul of each how dear!
What tender love ! — what holy fear!
How does the generous flame within
Refine from earth — and cleanse from sin !
3 Their streaming eyes together flow
For human guilt, and human wo ;
Their ardent prayers together rise,
Like mingling flames in sacrifice.
4 Together oft they seek the place
Where God reveals his smiling face :
How high, how strong their raptures swell,
There's none but kindred souls can ten.
5 Nor shall the glowing flame expire,
When dimly burns frail nature s fire :
Then shall they meet in realms above —
A heaven of joy — a heaven of love.
*300 S. M. Olmutz. Pentonville.
1 BLEST be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love !
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
2 Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers ;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one —
Our comforts and our cares.
3 We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear ;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.
4 When we are called to part,
It gives us mutual pain ;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
«nf 5 This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way ;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.
— 6 From sorrow, toil, and pain,
From sin, we shall be free ;
< And perfect love and friendship reign
n»f Through all eternity.
OO/ C. M. Corinth. Arlington.
1 HOW sweet, how heavenly is the sight,
When those that love the Lord,
In one another's peace delight,
And thus fulfil his word ! —
2 When each can feel his brother's sigh,
And with hi in bear a part ;
When sorrow Hows from eye to eye,
And joy from heart to heart: —
3 When, free from envy, scorn, and pride,
Our wishes all above,
Each can his brother's failings hide,
And show a brother's love : —
4 When love, in one delightful stream,
Through every bosom flows;
And union sweet, and dear esteem,
In every action glows.
mf 5 Love is the golden chain, that binds
The happy souls above ;
And he's an heir of heaven, that finds
His bosom glow with love.
0O0 7s. Edyfield.
1 SWEET the time — exceeding sweet !
When the saints together meet,
When the Saviour is the theme.
When they join to sing of him.
2 Sing we then eternal love,
Such as did the Father move :
He beheld the world undone,
Loved the world — and gave his Son.
3 Sing the Son's amazing love ;
How he left the realms above,
Took our nature, and our place,
Lived and died to save our race.
4 Sing we too the Spirit's love ;
With our wretched hearts he strove ;
Filled our minds with grief and fear,
Brought the precious Saviour near.
5 Sweet the place — exceeding sweet,
Where the saints in glory meet ;
Where the Saviour's still the theme,
Where they see and sing of him.
o69 C. M. Medfield. Dedham.
1 BLEST be the dear, uniting love,
That will not let us part:
Our bodies may far off remove ;
We still are one in heart !
2 Joined in one spirit to our Head,
Where he appoints we go ;
We still in Jesus' footsteps tread,
And still his praise we show.
3 Oh may we ever walk in him,
And nothing know beside!
Nothing desire — nothing esteem,
But Jesus crucified !
4 Richly we share the Saviour's grace,
We're one in mind and heart ;
Not joy, nor grief— not time, nor place,
Not life, nor death can part.
L. M. Medway. Bath.
1 THY presence, everlasting God,
Wide o'er all nature spreads abroad;
Thy watchful eyes, which cannot sleep,
In every place thy children keep.
2 While near each other we remain,
Thou dost our lives and souls sustain ;
When absent, thou dost make us share
Thy smiles, thy counsels, and thy care.
3 To thee we all our ways commit,
And seek our comforts near thy feet ;
Still on our souls vouchsafe to shine,
And guard and guide us still as thine.
4 Give us, O Lord, within thy house,
Again to pay our thankful vows :
Or, if that joy no more be known,
Oh may we meet around thy throne.
S. M. St. Thomas. Paddington
1 ONCE more, before we part,
Oh bless the Saviour's name ;
Let every tongue and every heart
Adore and praise the same.
2 Lord, in thy grace we came,
That blessing still impart ;
We meet in Jesus' sacred name,
In Jesus' name we part.
3 Still on thy holy word
We'll live, and feed, and grow,
And still go on to know the Lord,
And practise what we know.
4 Now, Lord, before we part,
Help us to bless thy name :
Let every tongue and every heart
Adore and praise the same.
C. M. Ferry. Arlington.
O / £k Dedication to God.
1 ETERNAL Father— God of love,
To thee our hearts we raise ;
Thy all-sustaining power we prove,
And gladly sing thy praise.
2 Thine — wholly thine — oh let us be !
Our sacrifice receive ;
Made, and preserved, and saved by thee,
To thee ourselves we give.
3 Come, Holy Ghost — tlie Saviour's love
Shed in our hearts abroad ;
So shall we ever live and move,
And be, with Christ, in God.
C. :'. Medford. Dedham.
1 COME, let us join cur souls to God,
In everlasting bands ;
. And seize the blessings he bestows,
With eager hearts and hands.
2 Come, let us to his temple haste,
And seek his favor there ;
Before his footstool humbly bow,
And offer fervent prayer.
3 Come, let us share, without delay,
The covenant of his grace ;
Nor shall the years of distant life
Its memory e'er efface.
4 Oh may our rising offspring haste
To seek their fathers' God ;
Nor e'er forsake the happy path
Their fathers' feet have trod.
^, . C. M. Dundee. Medfield.
O / 4 Joining the Church of Christ.
1 YE men and angels, witness now,
Before the Lord we speak ;
To him we make our solemn vow,
A vow we dare not break, —
2 That, long as life itself shall last,
Ourselves to Christ we yield ;
Nor from his cause will we depart,
Or ever quit the field.
3 We trust not in our native strength,
But on his grace rely ;
May he, with our returning wants,
All needful aid supply.
4 Oh guide our doubtful feet aright,
And keep us in thy ways ;
And while we turn our vows to prayers,
Turn thou our prayers to praise.
L. M. Danvers. Nazareth
1 OH happy day, that fixed my choice
On thee, my Saviour, and my God ;
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.
2 Oh happy bond, that seals my vows
To him who merits all my love !
Let cheerful anthems fill the bouse,
While to his altar now I move.
3 'Tis done — the great transaction's done ;
I am my Lord's, and he is mine :
He drew me, and I followed on,
Rejoiced to own the call divine.
4 Now rest — my long-divided heart —
Fixed on tliis blisslul centre, rest —
Here have I found a nobler part,
Here heavenly pleasures fill my breast,
5 High Heaven, that hears the solemn vow,
That vow renewed shall daily hear ;
Till in life's latest hour I bow,
And bless in death a bond so dear.
L. M. Medway. Danvers
O/ O A Welcome to Christian Fellowship.
1 COME in, thou blessed of the Lord,
Oh come in Jesus' precious name;
We welcome thee with one accord,
And trust the Saviour does the same.
2 Those joys which earth cannot afford,
We'll seek in fellowship to prove,
Joined in one spirit to our Lord,
Together bound by mutual love.
3 And while we pass this vale of tears,
We'll make our joys and sorrows known ;
We'll share each other's hopes and fears,
And count a brother's cares our own.
4 Once more our welcome we repeat ;
Receive assurance of our love:
Oh may we all together meet,
Around the throne of God above !
S. M. St. Thomas. Hudson.
All one in Christ.
1 LET party names no more
The Christian world o'erspread :
Gentile and Jew, and bond and free,
Are one in Christ their head.
2 Among the saints on earth
Let mutual love be found ;