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COME, my heart to sing thy grace,
HOME, thou fount of every blessing
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Hither by thine help I'm come;
"Joy in heaven."—Luke xv. 7.
HO can describe the joys that rise
To see a prodigal return,
To see an heir of glory born?
2 With joy the Father doth approve
The Son with joy looks down, and sees
3 The Spirit takes delight to view
The Institution of a Gospel Ministry
Scattered his gifts on men below,
2 Hence sprung the Apostles' honoured name; Sacred beyond heroic fame:
In lowlier forms before our eyes, Pastors from hence, and teachers rise. 3 From Christ their varied gifts derive, And fed by Christ their graces live: While guarded by his mighty hand, Midst all the rage of hell they stand. 4 So shall the bright succession run Through the last courses of the sun; While unborn churches by their care Shall rise and flourish large and fair. 5 Jesus, now teach our hearts to know The spring whence all these blessings flow; Pastors and people shout thy praise Through the long round of endless days.
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ISPOSER Supreme, And Judge of the earth,
To frail earthen vessels And things of no worth Entrusting thy riches, Which always endure; 2 Those vessels soon fail, Though full of thy light, And at thy decree Are broken and gone;
Then brightly appeareth The arm of thy might, As through the clouds riven The lightnings have shone.
3 Like clouds are they borne To do thy great will, And swift as the winds About the world go; The fire of thy presence Their spirits doth fill, They thunder, they lighten, The waters o'erflow. 4 Their sound goeth forth, "Christ Jesus is Lord:" Then Satan doth fear, His citadels fall:
As when the dread trumpets Went forth at thy word,
And one long blast shattered The Canaanite's wall. 5 Then loud be their trump, And stirring their sound,
To rouse us, O Lord, From slumber of sin; The lights thou hast kindled In darkness around, O may they illumine Our spirits within!
6 All honour and praise, Dominion and might, To God Three in One Eternally be;
Who round us hath shed His marvellous light, And called us from darkness His glory to see.
"Let there be light!"
Hear us, we humbly pray,
2 Thou, who didst come to bring
Healing and sight;
Health to the sick in mind,
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Sight to the inly blind,
3 Spirit of truth and love,
Speed forth thy flight;
Move on the waters' face,
4 Blessed and holy Three,
Grace, love, and might,
Boundless as ocean's tide,
Through the world far and wide,
"Shew whom thou hast chosen, &c."
EACHER of hearts, 'tis thine alone
Point out thy instruments, unknown
To undiscerning men;
The pastors of thy church apprize
2 The men whom thou hast inly moved
Thy chosen ministers reveal,
"Preaching the kingdom of God, and testifying those things which concern the Lord Jesus."-Acts xxviii. 31.
ESUS, thy servants bless,
The peace, and joy, and righteousness
Which thy great Spirit imparts,
2 Their souls with faith supply,
And then they preach and testify
Thy grace to minister,
And all thou hast for sinners done,
"The Lord gave testimony to the word."
1 DOLD in our Almighty Lord,
While thee we testify,
Present to confirm the word
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Thou thy confessors confess
2 More than outward wonder show