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2 Before me place, in dread array,
The pomp of that tremendous day,

When thou with clouds shalt come
To judge the nations at thy bar;
And tell me, Lord, shall I be there

To meet a joyful doom? 3 Be this my one great business here, With serious industry and fear,

Eternal bliss to insure;
Thine utmost counsel to fulfil,
And suffer all thy righteous will,

And to the end endure.

4 Then, Father, then my soul receive, Transported from this vale, to live

And reign with thee above; Where faith is sweetly lost in sight, And hope in full supreme delight,

And everlasting love.

483. 7s. M. Bp. HEBER.

The Last Judgment.
1 In the sun and moon and stars

Signs and wonders there shall be;
Earth shall quake with in ward wars,

Nations with perplexity.
2 Soon shall ocean's hoary deep,

Tossed with stronger tempests, rise;
Darker storms the mountain sweep,
Redder lightning rend the skies.

3 Evil thoughts shall shake the proud,

Racking doubt and restless fear;
And, amid the thunder-cloud,

Shall the Judge of men appear.
4 But though from that awful face

Heaven shall fade and earth shall fly,
Fear not ye, his chosen race,
Your redemption draweth nigh.

484. P. M. LUTHER.

Luther's Judgment Hymn.
1 Great God! what do I see and hear!

The end of things created !
The Judge of mankind doth appear

On clouds of glory seated.
The trumpet sounds; the graves restore
The dead which they contained before;-

Prepare, my soul, to meet him!



C. M.


Early Religion.
1 By cool Siloam's shady rill

How sweet the lily grows !
How sweet the breath beneath the hill

Of Sharon's dewy rose !
2 Lo, such the child whose early feet

The paths of peace have trod;
Whose secret heart, with influence sweet,

Is upward drawn to God ! 3 By cool Siloam's shady rill

The lily must decay;
The rose that blooms beneath the hill

Must shortly fade away.
4 And soon, too soon, the wintry hour

Of man's maturer age
Will shake the soul with sorrow's power,

And stormy passion's rage !
5 thou who giv'st us life and breath,

We seek thy grace alone,
In childhood, manhood, age, and death,

To keep us still thine own!

486. C. M.

Advantages of Early Religion.
1 HAPPY the child whose tender years

Receive instructions well;
Who hates the sinner's path, and fears

The road that leads to hell.

2 When we devote our youth to God,

'Tis pleasing in his eyes;
A flower when offered in the bud

Is no vain sacrifice.

3 'Tis easier work if we begin

To fear the Lord betimes;
While sinners, who grow old in sin,

Are hardened in their crimes.

4 'T will save us from a thousand snares

To mind religion young;
Grace will preserve our following years,

And make our virtue strong.

5 To thee, almighty God! to thee

Our childhood we resign: 'Twill please us to look back and see

That our whole lives were thine.

6 Let the sweet work of prayer and praise

Employ our youngest breath :
Thus, we're prepared for longer days,

Or fit for early death.


487. L. M. CAWOOD.

For Children.
1 In Israel's fane, by silent night,

The lamp of God was burning bright;
And there, by viewless angels kept,

Samuel, the child, securely slept.
2 A voice unknown the stillness broke;

“Samuel !” it called, and thrice it spoke; He rose; he asked whence came the word;

From Eli? No-it was the Lord.
3 Thus early called to serve his God,

In paths of righteousness he trod;
Prophetic visions fired his breast,

And all the chosen tribes were blest. 4 Speak, Lord ! and, from our earliest days,

Incliné our hearts to love thy ways;
Thy wakening voice hath reached our ear;
Speak, Lord, to us; thy servants hear.

488. C. M. SALISBURY COL. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. 1 In the soft season of thy youth,

In nature's smiling bloom,
Ere age arrive, and trembling wait

Its summons to the tomb;
2 Remember thy Creator, God;

For him thy powers employ;
Make him thy fear, thy love, thy hope,

Thy confidence, thy joy.

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