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476. After Receiving. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life.

John vi. 35.
1 Let the world their joys partaking,

Boast how excellent they prove !
In the bread we've now been breaking

We have meat they know not of;
Jesus is the living bread;
'Tis by this his friends are fed.

Saints adore him,

Bow before him,
Join the kindred hosts on high ;
Let his praise fill earth and sky.



477. Desiring the presence of God in Affliction.

C.M. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever!

how long wilt thou hide thy face from me ?-PSALM xiii. l. 1 Thy gracious presence, O my God,

My every wish contains;
With this beneath affliction's load,

My heart no more complains.

2 This can my every care control,

Gild each dark scene with light;
This is the sunshine of the soul,

Without it all is night.
3 O happy scenes of pure delight!

Where thy full beams impart
Unclouded beauty to the sight,

And rapture to the heart.
4 Her part in those fair realms of bliss

My spirit longs to know;
My wishes terminate in this,

Nor can they rest below.
5 Lord, shall the breathings of my heart

Aspire in vain to thee?
Confirm my hope, that were thou art,

I shall for ever be.
6 Then shall my cheerful spirit sing

The darksome hours away,
And rise on faith's expanded wing

To everlasting day. 478. The benefits of Affliction. 8—7—4. I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and

that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.-PSALM cxix. 75. 1 In the floods of tribulation,

While the billows o‘er me roll,
Jesus whispers consolation,
And supports my fainting soul :

Hallelujah, praise the Lord

[2 *Thus, the lion yields me honey,

From the eater food is given,
Strengthen'd thus I still press forward,
Singing as I pass to heaven,-

“Sweet affliction,”

And my sins are all forgiv'n.] 3 So, in darkest dispensations, Doth


faithful Lord appear,
With his richest consolations,
To re-animate and cheer:

“Sweet affliction,"

Thus to bring my Saviour near. 4 In the sacred page recorded

Thus the word securely stands,
Fear not, I'm in trouble near thee,
Nought shall pluck thee from my hands:


Every word my love demands. 5 All I meet I find assists me

In my path to heav'nly joy;
There, tho' trials now attend me,
They shall never more annoy;


Hallelujah, praise the Lord.
6 Bless'd there with a weight of glory,

Still the path I'll ne'er forget,
But, exulting, cry, it led me
To my blessed Saviour's seat-

Sweet affliction,"
Which has brought to Jesu's feet.

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479. Christian Meeting. L.M.

Where two or three are gathered together in my name,

there am I in the midst of them.--Mat. xviii. 20.

1 KINDRED in Christ, for his dear sake,

A welcome in his name receive;
May we together now partake

The joys which he alone can give. [2 To you and me by grace 'tis given

To know the Saviour's precious name;
And shortly we shall meet in heaven,

Our hope, our way, our end the same.] 3 May he, by whose kind care we meet,

Send his good Spirit from above,
Make our communications sweet,

And cause our hearts to burn with love. 4 Forgotten be each worldly theme,

When Christians meet together thus;
We'd only wish to speak of him,

Who liv'd, and died, and reigns for us. [5 We'll talk of all he did and said,

And suffer'd for us here below;
The path he mark'd for us to tread,
And what he's doing for us now.]
6 Thus, as the moments pass away,

We'll love, and wonder, and adore :
And hasten to the glorious day,
When we shall meet to part no more.

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480. Christian Meeting. 7s. Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and

hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.—Col. iii. 16. 1 Sweet the time, exceeding sweet,

When the saints together meet;
When the Saviour is the theme,

When they joy to sing of him! 2 Sing we then eternal love,

Such as did the Father move;
He beheld the world undone,

Lov'd 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,

Liv'd and died to save our race. 4 Sing we too the Spirit's love;

With our wretched hearts he strove,
Brought salvation to our view,

And our souls to Jesus drew.
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 !

481. Christian Meeting. L.M. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to

another.-MAL. iii 16. 1 Why should believers when they meet,

Not speak of Christ, the King they own, Who gives them hope that they shall sit With him for ever on his throne ?

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