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— 2 'T was grace that taught my heart to fear, j

And grace my fears relieved; , \

How precious did that grace appear, j

The hour I first believed! j

3 Through many dangers, toils and snares, *,

I have already come; |

'T is grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

> 4 Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
p And mortal life shall cease,

— I shall possess, within the vail,

> A life of joy and peace.

mp 5 The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine;

— But God, who called me here below, mf Will be for ever mine.

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PRAYER.

427

HYMN 427, C. M.
Habitual Devotion.

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1 "WHILE thee I seek, protecting Power!
* * Be my vain wishes stilled;
And may this consecrated hour
With, better hopes be filled.

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HYMN 426, C. M. )

Submission in Trials. J

1 My times of sorrow and of joy, J •i" Great God! are in thy hand; \ My choicest comforts come from thee, J

And go at thy command. {

2 If thou should'st take them all away, j

Yet would I not repine; \

Before they were possessed by me, (

They were entirely thine.'

3 Nor would I drop a murm'ring word, j

Though the whole world were gone, J

But seek enduring happiness, ]

In thee, and thee alone. J

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< 2 Thy love the power of thought bestowed • mf To thee my thoughts would soar;

— Thy mercy o'er my life has flowed,—
That mercy I adore.

8 In each event of life, how clear
Thy ruling hand I see 1
Each blessing to my soul more dear,
Because conferred by the$.

4 In every joy that crowns, my days,
In every pain I bear,

< My heart shall find delight in praise,

— Or seek relief in prayer.

«; mf 5 When gladness wings my favored hour, Thy love my breast shall fill; mp , Eesigned, when storms of sorrow lower, My soul shall meet thy will.

— 6 My lifted eye, without a tear, The gathering storm shall see;

mf My steadfast heart shall know no fear,—That heart shall rest on thee.

^OQ HYMN 428, 7s.

^r^O A Blessing humbly requested.

mp 1 T OED! we come before thee now;
i-J At thy feet we humbly bow;
Oh! do not our suit disdain;—
Shall we seek thee, Lord! in vain?

2 Lord! on thee our souls depend,
In compassion, now descend;

— Fill our hearts with thy rich grace,

< Tune our lips to sing thy praise.

5 — 8 In thine own appointed way,
\ Now we seek thee, here we stay;

) Lord! we know not how to go,

Till a blessing thou bestow.

4 Send some message, from thy word,
That may joy and peace afford;

< Let thy Spirit now impart
mf Full salvation to each heart.

> 5 Comfort those who weep and mourn,

— Let the time of joy return;

Those, who are cast down, lift up, mf Make them strong in faith and hope.

— 6 Grant, that all may seek and find

Thee, a God supremely kind: | < Heal the sick, the captive free,

mf Let us all rejoice in thee.

^qq iYMN429, L. M.

4fe/^t/ Forgiveness sought,

mp 1 PORGIYE us, Lord! to thee we cry,

-T Forgive us through thy matchless grace;
On thee alone our souls rely,

< Be thou our strength and righteousness.

mp 2 Forgive thou us, as we forgive

The ills we suffer from our foes;

— Kestore us, Lord! and hid us live; > Oh! let us in thine arms repose.

mp 3 Forgive us, for our guilt is great,

Our wretched souls no merit claim;
For sovereign mercy still we wait,
And ask but in the Saviour's name.

4 Forgive us,—0 thou bleeding Lamb!

< Thou risen—thou exalted Lord!

mf Thou great High-Priest?! our souls redeem, And speak the pardon-sealing word.

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1 A GOD of Bethel! by whose hand
\J Thy people still are fed,

Who, through this weary pilgrimage,
Hast all our fathers led :—

2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present,

Before thy throne of grace:
God of our fathers! be the God
Of their succeeding race.

3 Through each perplexing path of life,

Our wandering footsteps guide;
Give us each day our daily bread,
And raiment fit provide.

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4 Oli! spread thy covering wings around,

Till all our wanderings cease,
And, at our Father's loved abode,
Our souls arrive in peace.

5 Such blessings, from thy gracious hand,

Our humble prayers implore; < And thou shalt be our chosen God,—

mf Our portion evermore.

HYMN 431, 7s.

Christfs Presence invoked.

431

mf 1 T IGHT of life!—seraphic Fire !— •k Love divine!—thyself impart;

< Every fainting soul inspire;

> Shine in every drooping heart.

< 2 Every mourning sinner cheer;

> Scatter all our guilty gloom:

— Saviour—Son of God! appear;

To thy living temples come.

3 Oome, in this accepted hour,

Bring thy heavenly kingdom in; mf Fill us with thy glorious power— Rooting out the love of sin.

— 4 Nothing more can we require,

"We will covet nothing less; mf Be thou all our heart's desire,

> All our joy and all our peace.

jOO HYMN 432, CM.

Tdu/w The Nature of Prayer.

m 1 DRAYER is the soul's sincere desire, -L Uttered or unexpressed; The motion of a hidden fire

mp That trembles in the breast.

> 2 Prayer is the burden of a sigh, p The falling of a tear,

— The upward glancing of an eye, —

When none but God is near.

8 Prayer is the simplest form of speech, That infant lips can try;

< Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach f The majesty on high.

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m 1 Y^OME, my soul! thy suit prepare, V Jesus loves to answer prayer; He himself has bid thee pray;

mf Rise, and ask without delay.

; mp 2 With my burden I begin;—
:! p Lord! remove this load of sin;

Let thy blood, for sinners spilt,

— Set my conscience free from guilt.

3 Lord! I come to thee for rest,
Take possession of my breast;

< There, thy sovereign right maintain, ; mf And, without a rival, reign.

p 4 While I am a pilgrim here,

< Let thy love my spirit cheer,

— Be my guide, my guard, my friend ;-
Lead me to my journey's end,

5 Shew me what I have to do,
Every hour my strength renew;

< Let me live a life of faith,
> Let me die thy people's death.

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HYMN 434, C. M.

Prayer for needed Grace.

1 FATHER! whate'er of earthly bliss,
-T Thy sovereign will denies,
Accepted, at thy throne of grace,
Let{this petition rise: —

4 Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, t

The Christian's native air;
His watchword at the gates of death,— t

He enters heaven with prayer. 5

mp 5 Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,

Returning from his ways; / While angels, in their songs, rejoice,

> And cry,—" Behold he prays!"

— 6 0 Thou! by whom we come to God,
The life, the truth, the way,—
The path of prayer thyself hast trod :-
mp Lord! teach us how to pray.

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