Isaac Watts.

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t'e may o'ercome through Christ alone,
And stand entire at last.
I 5 From strength to strength go on,
Wrestle, and fight, and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down,
And win the well-fought day.


Select. HYMN 369, 370. 719

6 Still let the Spirit cry

In all his soldiers, " Come,"
Till Christ the Lord descend from high,

And take the con querors home. C. Wesley

HYMN 3S9. C. P. M. Rapture. [*]
Tlie beatific Vision.
OME on, my partners in distress,
Companions through the wilderness,
Who still your bodies feel ;
Awhile forget your griefs and fears,
And look beyond this vale of tears,
To that celestial hill.
8 2 Beyond the bounds of time and space
Look forward to that heavenly place,

The saints' secure abode ;
On faith's strong eagle pinions rise,
And force your passage to the skies,
And scale the mount of God.
p 3 We suffer with our Master here —
s But shall before his face appear,
And by his side sit down ;
To patient faith the prize is sure;
And all that to the end ensure
The cross, shall wear the crown.

4 The great mysterious Deity,
We soon with open face shall see :

The beatific sisht
u Shall fill heaven's sounding courts with praise,
And wide diffuse the golden blaze
Of everlasting light.

5 The Father shining on his throne,
The glorious co- eternal Son,

The Spirit, one and seven,
o Conspire our rapture to complete ;

And lo ! we fall before his feet,
e And silence heightens heaven,
d 6 In hope of that ecstatic pause,

Jesus, we now sustain the cross,
And at thy footstool fall ;

Till thou our hidden life reveal,

Till thou our ravished spirits fill,
o And God be all in all ! C. Weslef

HYMN 370. C. M. Bray. [*]
The near Approach of Salvation.
8 1 SERVANTS of God, awake ! arise !
^ And lift vour voices high :

720 HYMN 371, 372. Select

Praise and adore that boundless love,

Which brings salvation nigh.
2 Swift on the wings of time it flies,

Each moment brings it near;
Then gladly view each closing day,

Gladly each closing year.
e 3 For few, indeed, their round shall run,

Few future mornings rise ;
Ere all its glories stand revealed

To our admiring eyes.
■ 4 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course:

Ye mortal powers, decay :
Fast as ye bring the night of death,

Ye bring eternal day. Pratt's CoL

HYMN 371. S. M. Olmutz. [*]~
Exhortation to Praise and Thanksgiving.
u 1 O'f AND up and bless the Lord,

£5 Ye people of his choice :
Stand up and bless the Lord your God,
With heart and soul and voice.

2 Though high above all praise,
Above all blessing high.

Who would not fear his holy name,
And laud, and magnify?

3 O for the living flame
From his own altar brought,

To touch our lips, our souls inspire,

And wing to heaven our thought.
b 4 There with benign regard

Our hymns he deigns to hear ;
Though unrevealed to mortal sense,
The spirit feels them near.
U 5 God is our strength and song,
And his salvation ours ;
Then be his love in Christ proclaimed
With all our ransomed powers.
6 Stand up and bless the Lord,
The Lord your God adore j
Stand up and bless his glorious Name,

Henceforth, for evermore. Montgomery.

HYMN 372. 8 & 7. Greenville. [*]
Come and help us.
g 1 TTARK ! what mean those lamentations,
-Tl Rolling sadly through the sky?
'Tis the cry of heathen nations—
" Come and help us, or we die '."

Select. HYMN 373, 374. 72]

2 Hear the heathens' sad complaining,
Christians ! hear their dying cry :

And, the love of Christ constraining,
Haste to help them, ere they die. Cawoad

HYMN 373. 8, 7 & 4. Tamworth. [*]
Prayer for the Heathen.
p 1 /VER the realms of pagan darkness,
yj Let the eye of pity gaze ;
See the kindreds of the people,
Lost in sin's bewildering maze:

Darkness brooding —
On the face of all the earth.
s 2 Light of them who sit in error.'

Rise and shine, thy blessings bring ;
Light, to lighten all the Gentiles'.
Rise with healing in thy wing:

To thy brightness —
Let all kings and nations come.
—3 Let the heathen, now adoring
Idol-gods of wood and stone,
Come, and, worshipping before him,
Serve the living God alone.

Let thy glory —
Fill the earth as floods the sea.
b 4 Thou ! to whom all power is given,
Speak the word ! at thy command,
Let the company of preachers

Spread thy name from land to land :

Lord ! be with them —
Always , till time's latest end !

HYMN 374. L. M. Angels' Hymn, [b or *">
The Gathering of the Gentiles.
1 ryiHE heathen perish : day by day,

JL Thousands on thousands pass away !

O Christians ! to their rescue fly,

Preach Jesus to them ere they die.
— 2 Wealth, labour, talents, freely give,

Yea, life itself, that they may live ;

What hath your Saviour done for you?

And what for him will ye not do ?
U 3 Thou Spirit of the Lord, go forth,

Call in the south, wake up the north

Of every clime, from sun to sun.

Gather God's children into one. Montgomery

722 HYMN 375, 376. Select

HYMN 375. 7 & 6. Missionary Hymn. [*]
Come over and kelp us.

1 T^ROM Greenland's icy mountains,
*- From India's coral strand,

Where Afric's sunny fountains

Roll clown their golden sand,
From many an ancient river,

From many a palmy ylain,
They call us to deliver

Their land from error's chain.

» 2 What though the spicy breezes

Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle,
Though every prospect pleases,

And only man is vile ;
In vain with lavish kindness

The gifts of God are strown ;
The heathen, in his blindness,

Bows down to wood and stone.

—3 Shall we, whose souls are lighted
With wisdom from on high,
Shall we to men benighted
The lamp of life deny?
B Salvation ! O Salvation !
The joyful sound proclaim,
Till earth's remotest nation
Has learned Messiah's name.

4 Waft, waft, ye winds, his story,

And you, ye waters, roll,
Till, like a sea of glory,

It spreads from pole to pole ;
Till o'er our ransomed nature,

The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,

In bliss returns to reign. Bishop Heber.

HYMN 376. L. M. Winchelsea. [*]

n 1 OOVERETGN of worlds! display thy power,
^ Be this thy Zion's favoured hour :
Bid the bright morning star arise,
And point the nations to the skies.

2 Set up thy throne where Satan reigns,
On Afric's shore, in India's plains,
On wilds and continents unknown j
And make the universe thine own.

Select. HYMN 377, 378. 723

3 Speak ! and the world shall hear thy voice,
Speak ! and the desert shall rejoice :
Scatter the gloom of heathen night,
And bid all nations hail the light.

HYMN 377. P. M. Haddam. [*]
Increase of the Church.

g 1 TJISE, gracious God ! and shine

-tV In all thy saving might:

And prosper each design,

To spread thy glorious light :
Let healing streams of mercy flow,
That all the earth thy truth may know.

u 2 Put forth thy glorious power !

The nations then will see,

And earth present her store

In converts born of thee :
God, our own God, his church will bless,
And earth shall yield her full increase.

HYMN 378. C. M. Westmoreland. [*]

Prayer for the Reign of Christ.

g 1 TESUS, Immortal King, arise!
«J Rise and assert thy sway ;
Till earth, subdued, its tribute brings,
And distant lands obey.

u 2 Ride forth, victorious Conqueror, ride,
Till all thy foes submit,
And all the powers of hell resign
Their trophies at thy feet !

3 Send forth thy word, and let it fly,

This spacious earth around;
Till every soul beneath the sun

Shall hear the joyful sound I

— 4 Oh may the great Redeemer's name
Through every clime be known I
And heathen gods, like Dagon, fall,
And Jesus reign alone.

s 5 From sea to sea, from shore to shore,
May Jesus be adored !
And earth, with all her millions shout,
Hosannas to the Lord. Pratt's CoL


724 HYMN 379—381. Select

HYMN 379. P. M. Iladdam. [*]
Prayer for the Coming of the Kingdom of God.
% I TJ ISE, Sun of Glory, rise !

•IV And chase those shades of night
Which now obscure the skies,
And hide the sacred light :
Oh chase those dismal shades away,
And bring the bright millennial day.

— 2 Send now thy Spirit down

On all the nations, Lord !

With great success to crown

The preaching of thy word:
That heathen lands may own thy sway,
And cast their idol-gods away.

—3 Then shall thy kingdom come
Among our fallen race,
And the whole earth become
The temple of thy grace;
Whence pure devotion shall ascend,
And songs of praise, till time shall end

Pratt's Col.

HYMN 380. H. M. Darnell's. [*]

Prayer for the Conversion of the World.

g 1 SOVEREIGN of worlds above,
O And Lord of all below,
Thy faithfulness and love,
Thy power and mercy show :
Fulfill thy word, I Let heathens live,
Thy Spirit give ; | And praise the Lord.

— 2 Few be the years that roll,

Ere all shall worship thee ;

The travail of his soul

Soon let the Saviour see :
• O God of grace ! I Fill earth with joy,
Thy power employ ; | And heavenwith praise.

HYMN 361. L. M. Luton. [*]
For the Influence of the Spirit on the Word.

1 f\ SPIRIT of the living God !

v7 In all the fulness of thy grace,
Where'er the foot of man hath trod,
Descend on our apostate race.

Select. HYMN 382, 383. 725

2 Give tongues of fire and hearts of love

To preach the reconciling word :

Give power and unction from above,

Whene'er the joyful sound is heard.
—3 Be darkness, at thy coming, light,

Confusion, order, in thy path ;
oSotils without strength, inspire with might;

Bid mercy triumph ovjr wrath !
—4 Baptize the nations', far and nigh,

The triumphs of the cross record j

The name of Jesus glorify,

Till every kindred call him Lord.

5 God from eternity hath willed—

" All flesh shall my salvation see :"

So be the Father's love fulfilled,

The Saviour's sufferings crowned by thee!


PIYMN382. C. M. Broomsgrove. [*j
To the Holy Spirit,
—1 SPIRIT of power and might, behold
^ A world by sin destroyed :
Creator Spirit, as of old,
Move on the formless void.
g 2 Give thou the word : that healing sound
Shall quell the deadly strife,
And earth again, like Eden crowned,
Bring forth the Tree of Life,
s 3 If sang the morning stars for joy,
When nature rose to view,
What strains will antrel-liarps employ,
When thou shalt all renew !

HYMN 383. 8, 7, & 4. Tarn worth.. [*]

1 VITHO, but thou, almighty Spirit,

»▼ Can the heathen world reclaim?
Men may preach, but till thou favour,
Pagans will be still the same.

Mighty Spirit !
Witness to the Saviour's name.

2 Thou hast promised, by the prophets,
Glorious light in latter days ;

C*Jihe and bless bewildered nations,
Change our prayers and tears to praise

Promised Spirit!
Bound the world diffuse thy rays

726 HYMN 384, 385. Select.

3 All our hopes, and prayers, and labours,

Must be vain without thine aid ;
But thou wilt not disappoint us —

All is true that thou hast said :
Faithful Spirit!

O'er the world thine influence shed.

HYMN 384. C. M. Tolland. [*]

For Millennial Days.

s 1 C END forth thy word, and let it fly,
£5 Armed with thy Spirit's power ;
Ten thousands shall confess its sway,
And bless the saving hour!

2 Beneath the influence of thy grace
The barren waste shall rise :

With sudden green and fruits arrayed —
A blooming paradise.

3 Peace, with her olive crown, shall stretch
Her wings from shore to shore ;

The nations of the earth shall hear
The sound of war no more.

4 Lord ! for those days we wait : those days
Are in thy word foretold :

Fly swifter, sun and stars, and bring

This promised age of gold.
o 5 Amen ! with joy divine, let earth's

Unnumbered myriads cry !
Amen ! with joy divine, let heaven's

Unnumbered choirs reply.

HYMN 385. 8, 7, & 4. Tamworth. [*]
Restoration and Glory of the Church.
g 1 rf~|kN the mountain's top appearing,
^-^ Lo ! the sacred herald stands ;
Welcome news to Zion bearing,
Zion long in hostile lands.

Drooping captive ! —
God himself will loose thy bands.

— 2 God, thy God, will now restore thee :
He himself appears thy friend :
All thy foes shall flee before thee ;
Here their boasts and triumphs end t

Great deliverance —
Zion's King vouchsafes to send.

Select. HYMN 386, 387. 727

3 Enemies no more shall trouble,
All thy wrongs shall be redressed:

" For thy shame thou shalt have double,"
In thy Maker's favour blessed :

All thy conflicts —
End in one eternal rest. Kelly

HYMN 386. C. M. Christmas. [*]
Restoration of Israel.

s 1 "SLAUGHTER of Zion ! from the dust
m-J Exalt thy fallen head ;
Again in thy Redeemer trust ;
He calls thee from the dead.
8 2 Awake, awake, put on thy strength,
Thy beautiful array :
The day of freedom dawns at length,
The Lord's appointed day.
—3 Rebuild thy walls, thy bounds enlarge,
And send thy heralds forth :
Say to the south, " Give up thy charge^
And keep not back. O north."
e 4 They come, they come — thine exiled bands,
Where'er they rest or roam,
Have heard thy voice in distant lands,
And hasten to their home. Montgomery

HYMN 387. 8, 7, & 4. Tamworth. [*]
Spread of the Oospel.

1 \7"ES 1 we trust the day is breaking]

X Joyful times are near at hand ;
God — the mighty God is speaking
By his Word, in every land ;

When he chooses,
Darkness flies at his command.

2 While the foe becomes more daring,
While he enters like a flood,

God, the Saviour, is preparing
Means to spread his truth abroad :

Every language
Soon shall tell the love of God.

3 God of Jacob, high and glorious,
Let thy people see thy hand :

728 HYMN 388, 389. Select

Let the gospel be victorious,
Through the world — in every land ;

Then shall idols
Perish, Lord — at thy command. KeRy.

HYMN 388 H. M. DarweWs. [*J
■ 1 d'\ ZION, tune thy voice,

w And raise thy hands on high ;
Tell all the earth thy joys,
And boast salvation nigh.
Cheerful in God,
Arise and shine,
While rays divine
Stream all abroad.

2 lie gilds thy mourning face
With beams that cannot fade 3
His all-resplendent grace
He pours around thy head.

The nations round

Thy form shall view,

With lustre new

Divinely crowned.
U 3 In honour to his name,
Reflect that sacred light ;
And loud that grace proclaim,
Which makes thy darkness bright:

Pursue his praise,

Till sovereign love

In worlds above

The glory raise.

4 There on his holy hill
A brighter sun sh;iil rise,
And with his radiance fill
Those fairer, purer skies ;

While round his throne,

Ten thousand stars,

In nobler spheres,

His influence own. Doddridge.

! H

HYMN 389. 7 & 6. Romaine. [*]
ATL to the Lord's anointed!
Great David's greater Son ;
Hail in the time appointed,
His reign on earth begun !
He comes to break oppression,
To set the captive free,

Select. HYMN 390. 729

To take away transgression,

And rule in equity.
— 2 He comes, with succour speedy

To those who suffer wrong;
To help the poor and needy

And bid the weak lie stiong;
To give them songs for sighing,

Their darkness "turn to light,
Whose souls, condemned and dying,

Were precious in his sight.

3 For him sha'.l prayer unceasing,

And daily vows ascend ;
His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end:
The mountain-dews shall nourish

A seed in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish,

And shade like Lebanon.

8 4 O'er every foe victorious,

He on his throne shall rest,
From age to age more glorious,

All-blessing and all-blest:
The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove ;
His name shall stand for ever ;

That name to us is — Love. Montgomery,

HYMN 390. Vs. Pilgrim. [*]
Jesus shall reign.
g 1 TTARK ! the Song of Jubilee,

Ai Loud — as mighty thunders roar:
Or the fulness of the sea,
When it breaks upon the shore —

2 Hallelujah ! for the Lord,
God Omnipotent, shall reign :
Hallelujah ! let the word
Fjcho round the eartli and main.

3 Hallelujah ! hark ! the sound,
From the centre to the skies,
Wakes, above, beneath, around,
All creation's harmonies !

4 See Jehovah's banners furled,
Sheathed his sword ! He speaks — 'tis done,
And the kingdoms of this world

Are the kingdom of his Son.

730 HYMN 391—393. Select

5 He shall reign from pole to pole

With illimitable sway:
g He shall reign, when, like a scroll,

Yonder heavens have passed away !
— 6 Then the end — beneath his rod,

Man's last enemy shall fall :
s Hallelujah ! Christ in God,

God in Christ, is All in All. Montgomery.

HYMN 391. L. M. Parle Street. [*]
The Redeemer 7-eigns.
u 1 ^<ING, for the blest Redeemer reigns,

£5 Thro' distant lands his triumphs spread j

And sinners, freed from endless pains,

Own him their Saviour and their Head.
— 2 His sons and daughters from afar,

Daily at Zion's gates arrive ;

Those who were dead in sin before,

By sovereign grace are made alive.
u 3 Oh may his conquests still increase,

And every foe his arm subdue ;

While angels celebrate his praise..

And saints his glowing glories shew.
b 4 Loud hallelujahs to the Lamb,

From all below and all above ;

In lofty songs exalt his name,

In songs as lasting as his love.

HYMN 392. 7's. Mcester. [*]
Jesus reigns.
s 1 "V&TAKE the song of jubilee,
» » Let it echo o'er the sea !
Now is come the promised hour;
Jesus reigns with sovereign power !

2 All ye nations, join and sing,
Christ, of lords and kings, is King;
Let it sound from shore to shore,
Jesus reigns for evermore.

3 Now the desert lands rejoice ;
And the islands join their voice:
Yea, the whole creation sings,
Jesus is the King of kings.

HYMN 393. 8, 7, & 4. Tamworth. [*]
Encouragement to Missionaries.
1 Ti/TEN of God ! go take your stations !
1*-" Darkness reigns throughout the earth :

Select. HYMN 394, 395. 731

o Go, proclaim among the nations
Joyful news of heavenly birth:

Bear the tidings —
Of the Saviour's matchless worth !
2 When exposed to fears and dangers,

Jesus will his own defend ;
Borne afar midst foes and strangers,
Jesus will appear your Friend 5

And his presence —
Shall be with you to the end. Kelly

HYMN 394. 7 & 6. Romaine. [*]

1 "O OLL on, thou mighty ocean !
JlV And as thy billows flow,

Bear messengers of mercy

To even' land below.
Arise, ye gales ! and waft them

Safe to the destined shore ;
That man may sit in darkness,

And death's black shade, no more.

2 O thou Eternal Ruler !
Who holdest in thine arm

The tempests of the ocean,

Protect them from all harm!
Thy presence e'er be with them,

Wherever they may be ;
Though far from us who love them,

Still let them be with thee.

HYMN 395. 7's. Pilgrim. [■*] T
U 1 /^Ot ye messengers of God,

\J Like the beams of morning, iiy t
Take the wonder-working rod,
Wave the Banner-Cross on high !
2 Where th' aspirant minaret
Gleams along the morning skies,
Wave it till the crescent set,
And the : ' Star of Jacob" rise.

— 3 Go ! to many a tropic isle,
In the bosom of the deep,
Where the skies for ever smile,
And th' oppressed for ever weep '

— 4 O'er the negro's night of care
Pour the living light of heaven ;
Chase away the fiend despair.
Bid him hope to he forgiven I

732 HYMN 396, 397. Select

s 5 When the golden gates of day
Open on the palmy east,
Wide the bleeding cross display,
Spread the gospel's richest feast.

— 6 Circumnavigate the ball,
Visit every soil and sea:
Preach the cross of Christ to all —
Jesus' love is full and free. J. Marsden.

HYMN 396. 8, 7, & 4. Tamworth. [*]
Farewell to Missionaries.
p 1 /^O, ye heralds of salvation,

vJ Go, proclaim redeeming blood ;
Publish to that barbarous nation,
Peace and pardon from our God ;

Tell the heathen,
None but Christ can do them good.
-2 While the gospel trump you're sounding,
May the Spirit seal the word,
And, through sovereign grace abounding,
Heathen bow and own the Lord ;

Idols leaving,
God alone shall be adored.
-3 Distant though our souls are blending,
Still our hearts are warm and true ;
In our prayers to heaven ascending,
Brethren — we'll remember you ;

Heaven preserve you,
Safely all your journey through.
4 When your mission here is finished,

And your work on earth is done,

May your souls, by grace replenished,

Find acceptance through the Son;

Thence admitted,
Dwell for ever near his throne,
a 3 Loud hosannas now resounding,

- Make the heavenly arches ring:
Grace to sinful men abounding,

Ransomed millions sweetly sing;

While with rapture,
All adore their heavenly King. Baldwin.

HYMN 397. 8, 7, & 4. Smyrna, [b]
Missionaries , Farewell.
p 1 "V^ES, my native land, I love thee;
■*- All thy scenes I love them well

Select. HYMN 398. 733

Friends, connexions, happy country !
Can I bid you all farewell?

Can I leave you,
Far in heathen lands to dwell .•"

2 Home ! thy joys are passing lovely ;
Joys no stranger-heart can tell !

Happy home ! 'tis sure I love thee !
Can 1 — can I say — Farewell ?

Can I leave thee,
Far in heathen lands to dwell ?

3 Scenes of sacred peace and pleasure.
Holy days and Sabbath-bell,

d Richest, brightest, sweetest treasure !
Can I say a last farewell?

Can I leave you,
Far in heathen lands to dwell ?
■ 4 Yes ! I hasten from you gladly,
From the scenes I love so well!
Far away, ye billows, bear me ;
Lovely native land, farewell !

Pleased I leave thee,
Far in heathen lands to dwell.
5 In the deserts let me labour,

On the mountains let me tell,
How he died — the blessed Saviour —
To redeem a world from hell !

Let me hasten,
Far in heathen lands to dwell.
C Bear me on, thou restless ocean ;

Let the winds my canvass swell —
Heaves my heart with warm emotion,
While I go far hence to dwell,
o Clad I bid thee,

Native land ! — Farewell — Farewell !
S. F S*nitk

HYMN 398. L. M. Winehelsea. [*]

Gloni awaiting faithful Missionaries.
g 1 "EXTERNAL Lord ! from land to land,
-Li Shall echo thine all-glorious name,
Till kingdoms bow at thy command,
And every lip thy praise proclaim.
2 Exalted high, on every shore,
The banner of the cross, unfurled,
Shall summon thousands to adore
The Saviour of a ransomed world.


734 HYMN 399, 400. Select.

a 3 Thousands shall join thy pilgrim band,
And, by that sacred standard led,
Press forward to Immanuel's land,
Nor fear the thorny path to tread,
•t Triumphant over every foe,
fheir ransomed numbers shall move on,
To that blest world where sin and woe
Shall never mingle with their song.

HYMN 399. L. M. Angel's Hymn, [b or *]
For Missionary Associations.
g 1 A SSEMBLED at thy great command,

-*-*- Before thy face, dread King, we stand;
The voice that marshalled every star,
Has called thy people from afar.
—2 We meet, through distant lands to spread
The truth for which the martyrs bled ;
Along the line — to either pole —
The thunder of thy praise to roll.

3 First bow our hearts beneath thy sway;
Then give thy growing empire way,
O'er wastes of sin — o'er fields of blood —
Till all mankind shall be subdued

4 Our prayers assist — accept our praise —
Our hopes revive — our courage raise —
Our counsels aid — and oh ! impart,

The single eye — the faithful heart. Collyer.

HYMN 400. L. M. Duke Street. [*]
Active Benevolence in Imitation of Christ.
o 1 TS^HEN from the glorious realms of day,
»» On wings of love, the Saviour flew,

He walked through mercy's heavenly way,

And bade the world his steps pursue.
p 2 The blind, the lame, his power confessed;

The dumb broke forth in grateful strains;

He gave the wearied spirit rest,

And loosed the prisoner from his chains.
— 3 And shall not they whose lips resound

The matchless deeds the Saviour wrought,

Like him in charity abound,

And practise what his goodness taught?
—4 Ye who his grace so freely share,

Your willing aid as freely give ;

Your lively faith and love declare,

And in his sacred precepts live

Select. HYMN 401, 402. 735

u 5 Honour your Saviour, speak his praise;
By acts of love his grace proclaim j
Sweet anthems to liis glory raise,
And in hosannas sound his name.

HYMN 401. L. P. M. Palestine, [b]
Saturday Evening.

e 1 ^< WEET is the last, the parting ray,
O That ushers placid evening in ;
When with the still, expiring day,
The Sabbath's peaceful hours begin 5
How grateful to the anxious breast
The sacred hours of holy rest I

— 2 Hushed is the tumult of the day,
And worldly cares and business cease;
While soft the vesper breezes play,
To hymn the glad return of peace :
Delightful season ! kindly given
To turn the wandering thoughts to heaven.

— 3 Oft as this peaceful hour shall come,
Lord, raise my thoughts from earthly thing9,
And bear them to my heavenly home,
On faith and hope's celestial wings, —

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