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3 Nor we alone : its wakening smiles

Have broke the gloom of pagan sleep. The Word hath reached the utmost isles :

God's Spirit moves upon the deep. 4 Already from the dust of death,

Man in his Maker's image stands;
Once more inhales immortal breath,
And stretches forth to heaven his hands.

6 From day to day, before our eyes,

Glows and extends the work begun.
When shall the new creation rise

On every land beneath the sun ?
6 When, in the Sabbath of His love,

Shall God amidst His labours rest;
And, bending from His throne above,
Again pronounce His creatures bless'd ?

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1 John v. 19. 7.6. HEBER. 1

Greenland's icy mountains, From India's coral strand, Where Afric's sunny fountains

Roll down their golden sand; From many an ancient river,

From many a palmy plain, They call us to deliver

Their land from error's chain.

2 What though the spicy breezes

Blow soft on Ceylon's isle ;
Though every prospect pleases,

And only man is vile:
In vain, with lavish kindness,

The gifts of God are strown;
The heathen, in his blindness,

Bows down to wood and stone,

3 Shall we, whose souls are lighted

With wisdom from on high, Shall we to men benighted

The lamp of life deny ? Salvation ! Oh, salvation !

The joyful sound proclaim, Till each remotest nation

Has learned Messiah's name. 4 Waft, waft, ye winds, His story ;

And you, ye waters, roll, Till, like a sea of glory,

It spreads from pole to pole;
Till o'er our ransomed nature,

The Lamb, for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,

In bliss return to reign.

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Isaiah lii. 10. 8.7.4. KELLY, ES, we trust the day is breaking:

1

God, the mighty God, is speaking
By His word in every land.

When He chooses,
Darkness flees at His command.
2 Let us hail the joyful season :

Let us hail the rising ray.
When the Lord appears, there's reason
To expect à glorious day:

At His presence
Gloom and darkness flee away.
3 While the foe becomes more daring,

While he enters like a flood,
God the Saviour is preparing
Means to spread His truth abroad:

Every language
Soon shall tell the lovo of God.

4 O 'tis pleasant, 'tis reviving

To our hearts, to hear each day
Joyful news from far arriving,
How the gospel wins its way;

Those enlightening,
Who in death and darkness lay.
5 God of Israel, high and glorious,

Let Thy people see Thy hand.
Let the gospel be victorious
Through the world, in every land:

And the idols
Perish, Lord, at Thy command.

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8.7.4. WILLIAMS. 'ER the gloomy hills of darkness,

1

All the promises do travail
With a glorious day of grace:

Blessed Jubilee !
Let thy glorious morning dawn.
2 Let the Indian, let the negro,

Let the rude barbarian see,
That divine and glorious conquest
Once obtained on Calvary :

Let the gospel
Loud resound from pole to pole.
3 Kingdoms wide, that sit in darkness,

Grant them, Lord, the glorious light,
And from eastern coast to western,
May the morning chase the night;

And redemption,
Freely purchased, win the day.
4 Fly abroad, thou mighty gospel,

Win and conquer, never cease;
May thy lasting, wide dominion
Multiply and still increase :

Sway Thy sceptre,
Saviour, all the world around.

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Isaiah lx. 3–7.

8.7.4, 10 :

THOU everlasting Father,
He has died that He might gather
All God's children into one;

For the travail
Of His soul, let this be done.
2 Then the North, in darkness shrouded,

Jacob's rising star shall bless;
And the Eastern morn unclouded,
Bring the Sun of Righteousness,

Cheering, healing
Souls in danger and distress.
3 Then her swarthy sons and daughters

Afric to the cross shall bring,
And the angel of the waters
Hear the Coral Islands sing,

Hallelujah!
Till the whole Pacific ring.
4 Yea, it must be: Thou hast spoken,

And Thy covenant shall last.
Though the arch of heaven were broken,
And the earth's foundations cast

Down the abysses,
Yet Thy word, o God, stands fast.
5 On Thy holy hill of Zion,

Hast Thou not ordained His seat ?
Now, as Judah's conquering Lion,
Lay all foes beneath His feet,

Till His armies In eternal triumph meet. 846 Psalm Isxli. 11. L. M. MONTGOMERY. 1 Fall down, ye nations, and adore

Jehovah
Like prostrate seas on every shore,
That cast their billowe at your feet.

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2 Let hallelujahs to the skies,

With ocean's everlasting sound,
The voice of many waters, rise,

Day without night, as time goes round. 3 Come from the East with gifts, ye kings,

With gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Where'er the morning spreads her wings,

Let man to God his vows prefer. 4 Come from the West, the bond, the free ;

His easy service make your choice.
Ye isles of the Pacific sea,

Like halcyon-nests, in God rejoice. 5 Come from the South; through desert sands

A highway for the Lord prepare.
Let Ethiopia stretch her

hands, And Lybia pour her soul in prayer. 6 Come from the North ; let Europe raise

In all her languages one song:
Give God the glory, power, and praise

That to His holy name belong.
7 For He hath bowed the heavens above,

And at His feet the mountains flowed:
He came, but not in wrath,-in love,

To make with men His pure abode. 8 With smiles, O earth! thy Maker meet;

Nations, before your Saviour fall:
Redemption is in Him complete ;
The gospel now is preached to all.

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Lev. xxv. 9.

148th M. TOPLADY.

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The gladly solemn sound
Let all the nations know,

To earth's remotest bound.
The year of Jubilee is come;
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.

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