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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.
2 Let the whole people, high and low,

Rich, poor, and great and small,
Invoke in fellowship of woe,

The Maker of them all. 3 For God hath summoned from his place

Death, in a direr form,
To waken, warn, and scourge our race,

Than earthquake, fire, or storm.
4 Let churches weep within their pale,

And families apart :
Let each in secrecy bewail

The plague of his own heart.
5 So, while the land bemoans its sin,

The pestilence may cease ;
And mercy, tempering wrath, bring in

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?
2 We bring the tribute of our praise,

And sing that condescending grace,
Which to our notes will lend an ear,
And call us, sinful mortals, near.

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 ;
While power divine His word attends,

To conquer foes, and cheer His friends. 5 And in the great decisive day,

When God the nations shall survey,
May it before the world appear,
Thousands were born to glory here.

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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 make this tabernacle Thine;

O sanctify this lowly place.
3 Now send the promised unction down,

And all our waiting hearts inspire :
Lord Jesus, make Thy goings known,

Thy ministers a flame of fire. 4 Work with them, and confirm Thy word

To all who worship in this place.
O pour upon us, holy Lord,

Unceasing showers of saving grace. 5 So shall Thy servants' hopes be crowned,

And glory to Thy name be given,
While this Bethesda shall be found
The house of God, the gate of heaven.

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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;
And in Thy watchful, gracious care,

O that it may indulgent share.
3 Under Thine eye, long may it stand,

A sacred blessing to the land ;
That children's children here may sing

Glory to Jesus, Zion's king.
4 In all the changes here below,

By night or day, it e'er may know,
Still let Thine eye upon it rest,
Of all its joys the first and best.
To listening sinners here around
Long may the gospel trumpet sound,
In strongest, sweetest, clearest strains,
“ Jesus the Lord for ever reigns."

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L. M. WILLIS. \HE perfect world by Adam trod,


God :

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:
He spread its pavement, green and bright,

And curtained it with morning light. 3 The mountains in their places stood,

The sea, the sky,--and “all was good ;"
And when its first pure praises rang,
The morning stars together sang.

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4 Lord, 'tis not ours to make the sea,

And earth and sky, a house for Thee:
But in Thy sight our offering stands,
A humbler temple made with hands.

816 2 Chron. vì 18–21. C. M. BRYANT. 10 stands,

Built over earth and sea,
Accept the walls that human hands

Have raised to worship Thee.
2 Lord, from Thine inmost glory send,

Within these courts to bide,
The peace that dwelleth without end,

Serenely by Thy side.
3 May erring minds that worship here,

Be taught the better way;
And they who mourn, and they who fear,

Be strengthened as they pray. 4 May faith grow firm, and love grow warm,

And pure devotion rise ;
While round these hallowed walls, the storm

Of earth-born passion dies.

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Mal. i. 11. L. M.

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,
The incense of the heart, may rise

To heaven, and find acceptance there. 3 To Thee shall age with snowy hair,

And strength and beauty, bend the knee;
And childhood lisp, with reverent air,
Its praises and its prayers to Thee.

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4 0 Thou, to whom, in ancient time,

The lyre of prophet bards was strung;
To Thee at last in every clime,
Shall temples rise, and praise be sung.


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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;
Whose courage, watchfulness, and love,

Men may attest, and God approve.
3 Here hast Thou listened to our vows,

And scattered blessings on Thy house;
Thy saints are succoured, and no more

As sheep without a guide deplore.
4 Completely heal each former stroke,

And bless the shepherd and the flock:
Confirm the hopes Thy mercies raise,
And own this tribute of our praise.


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.
2 With plenteous grace their hearts prepare,

To execute Thy will;
Compassion, patience, love, and care,

And faithfulness and skill.

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