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2 Sam. xxiv. 25. C. M. MONTGOMERY, 1 ET the land mourn through all its
coasts, The king lay by his state, Princes and rulers at their posts
Awhile sit desolate.
Rich, poor, and great and small,
The Maker of them all. 3 For God hath summoned from his place
Death, in a direr form,
Than earthquake, fire, or storm.
And families apart :
The plague of his own heart.
The pestilence may cease ;
God's saving health and peace.
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On earth establish His abode ? And will He, from His radiant throne,
Avow our temples for His own?
And sing that condescending grace,
3 These walls we to Thine honour raise ; Long
may they echo with Thy praise ! And Thou, descending, fill the place
With choicest tokens of Thy grace. 4 Here let the great Redeemer reign,
With all the graces of His train ;
To conquer foes, and cheer His friends. 5 And in the great decisive day,
When God the nations shall survey,
813 Isaiah vi. 1.
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With Thy resplendent, awful train, The glory of Thine Israel still,
Appear in those bright robes again. 2 In us, and round about us, shine:
Here cause us to behold Thy face,
O sanctify this lowly place.
And all our waiting hearts inspire :
Thy ministers a flame of fire. 4 Work with them, and confirm Thy word
To all who worship in this place.
Unceasing showers of saving grace. 5 So shall Thy servants' hopes be crowned,
And glory to Thy name be given,
1 Kings viil. 29. L. M. LEEDS SEL. 1
Naked and open all things lie, Now may our hearts Thy praise confess,
Humbly rejoicing in Thy grace. 2 For ever let Thine eye of love
Upon this house look from above;
O that it may indulgent share.
A sacred blessing to the land ;
Glory to Jesus, Zion's king.
By night or day, it e'er may know,
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L. M. WILLIS. \HE perfect world by Adam trod,
His fiat laid the corner-stone,
And heaved its pillars one by one. 2 He hung its starry roof on high,
The broad illimitable sky:
And curtained it with morning light. 3 The mountains in their places stood,
The sea, the sky,--and “all was good ;"
4 Lord, 'tis not ours to make the sea,
And earth and sky, a house for Thee:
816 2 Chron. vì 18–21. C. M. BRYANT. 10 stands,
Built over earth and sea,
Have raised to worship Thee.
Within these courts to bide,
Serenely by Thy side.
Be taught the better way;
Be strengthened as they pray. 4 May faith grow firm, and love grow warm,
And pure devotion rise ;
Of earth-born passion dies.
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PIERPOINT. THOU to whom in ancient time
Whom kings adored in song sublime,
And prophets praised with glowing tongue. 2 From every place below the skies,
The grateful song, the fervent prayer,
To heaven, and find acceptance there. 3 To Thee shall age with snowy hair,
And strength and beauty, bend the knee;
4 0 Thou, to whom, in ancient time,
The lyre of prophet bards was strung;
Jer. iii. 15. L. M. DODDRIDGE 1 YHEPHERD of Israel, Thou dost keep
With constant care Thy humble sheep: By Thee inferior pastors rise,
To feed our souls, and bless our eyes. 2 To all Thy churches such impart,
Pastors according to Thy heart;
Men may attest, and God approve.
And scattered blessings on Thy house;
As sheep without a guide deplore.
And bless the shepherd and the flock:
1 Pet. v. 1-3. C. M. NEWTON. 1 YHIEF Shepherd of Thy chosen sheep, May every under-shepherd keep
His eye intent on Thee.
To execute Thy will;
And faithfulness and skill.