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435.2 A Blessing sought on Prayer. 7s. I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.-GEN.

xxxii. 26.

1 LORD, I cannot let thee go,

Till a blessing thou bestow;
Do not turn away thy face,

Mine's an urgent pressing case. [2 Dost thou ask me who I am ?

Ah! my Lord, thou know’st my name;
Yet the question gives a plea,

To support my suit with thee.]
3 Thou didst once a wretch behold,

In rebellion blindly bold,
Scorn thy grace, thy power defy-

That poor rebel, Lord, was I. 4 Once, a sinner near despair,

Sought thy mercy-seat by prayer;
Mercy heard, and set him free;

Lord, that mercy came to me.
[5 Many days have pass’d since then,

Many changes I have seen ;
Yet have been upheld till now,

Who could hold me up but thou ?] 6 Thou hast help'd in ev'ry need;

This emboldens me to plead :-
After so much mercy past,
Canst thou let me sink at last ?

7 No-I must maintain my hold,

'Tis thy goodness makes me bold;
I can no denial take,
When I plead for Jesu's sake.

436. Encouragement to Prayer. C.M.

Ask, and it shall be given you.—Mat. vii. 7, 1 APPROACH, my soul, the mercy-seat,

Where Jesus answers pray'r;
There humbly fall before his feet,

For none can perish there. 2 Thy promise is my only plea,

With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burden'd souls to thee,

And such, O Lord, am I. ,
3 Bow'd down beneath a load of sin,

By Satan sorely prest,
By war without, and fears within,

I come to thee for rest. 4 Be thou my shield and hiding-place,

That shelter'd near thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,

And tell him, thou hast died. 5 O wond'rous love! to bleed and die,

To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,

Might plead thy gracious name,

437. Encouragement to Prayer. 7s.

Ask what I shall give thee.-1 Kings iii. 5.


1 Come, my soul, thy suit prepare,

Jesus loves to answer pray'r;
He himself has bid thee pray,

Therefore will not turn away.
2 Thou art coming to a King,

Large petitions with thee bring;
For his grace and pow'r are such,

None can ever ask too much.
3 With my burden I begin,

O remove this load of sin,
Let thy blood, for sinners spilt,

Set my conscience free from guilt. 4 Lord, I come to thee for rest,

Take possession of my breast ;
There thy blood-bought right maintain,

And without a rival reign. 5 While I am a pilgrim here,

Let thy love my spirit cheer;
As my guide, my guard, my friend,

Lead me to my journey's end. [6 Show me what I have to do,

Ev'ry hour my strength renew ;
Let me live a life of faith,
Let me die thy people's death.]

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438. Encouragement to Prayer. S.M.

Ask what I shall give thee.-1 Kings iii. 5. 1 BEHOLD the throne of grace !

The promise calls me near;
There Jesus shows a smiling face,

And waits to answer pray’r. 2 That rich atoning blood,

Which sprinkled round I see,
Provides for those who come to God,

An all-prevailing plea.
3 My soul, ask what thou wilt,

Thou canst not be too bold;
Since his own blood for thee he spilt,

What else can he withhold ? 4 Beyond thine utmost wants

His love and pow'r can bless;
To praying souls he always grants

More than they can express. ] 5 Thine image, Lord, bestow,

Thy presence and thy love:
I ask to serve thee here below,

And reign with thee above. 6 Teach me to live by faith, Conform


will to thine : Let me victorious be in death,

And then in glory shine.

7 If thou these blessings give,

And wilt my portion be;
Cheerful the world's poor toys I leave,

To them who know not thee.

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439. Prayer for Unity. 7s. Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,

love as brethren.—1 PETER iii. 8. 1 Jesu, Lord, we look to thee,

Let us in thy name agree,
Show thyself the Prince of Peace,

Bid all strife for ever cease. 2 By thy reconciling love,

Ev'ry stumbling-block remove;
Each to each unite, endear,

Come and spread thy banner here. 3 Make us of one heart and mind,

Courteous, pitiful, and kind,
Lowly, meek, in thought and word,

Altogether like our Lord, 4 Let us each for other care,

Each his brother's burden bear,
To thy church the pattern give,

Show how true believers live. 5 Let us then with joy remove

To thy family above,
On the wings of angels fly,
Show how true believers die.

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