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3 In every scene of life, thy care,

In-every age, we see;
And, constant as thy favors are,
So let our praises be.

4 Still may thy love, in every scene,

In every age, appear; .
And let the same companions deign
To bless the opening year.

5 If mercy smile, let mercy bring

Our wandering souls to God;
In our affliction, we shall sing,
If thou wilt bless the rod.

f*(\A KYMN 604, L. M.

V)v/4e New Year: Gody our Helper.

m 1 A^TR helper, God! we bless thy name,
Va "Whose love for ever is the same;
The tokens of thy gracious care
Open, and crown, and close the year.

2 Amid ten thousand snares we stand,
Supported by thy guardian hand;
And see, when we review our ways,

< Ten thousand monuments of praise.

mf 3 Thus far thine arm has led us on;

Thus far we make thy mercy known; > And, while we tread this desert, land,

< New mercies shall new songs demand.

mf 4 Our grateful souls, on Jordan's shore, Shall raise one sacred pillar more;

/ Then bear, in thy bright courts above,

Inscriptions of immortal love.

605

KYIO" 605, G. M.

New Year: Prayer for a Blessing.

1' "\rO"W, gracious Lord! thine arm reveal,
i-^ And make thy glory known;
Now let us all thy presence feel,
And soften -hearts of stone.

2 From all the guilt of former sin,
• May mercy set us free;
And let this year, we now begin,
Begin and end with thee.

3 Send down thy Spirit from above,

That saints may love thee more;
And sinners now may learn to love,
Who never loved before.

4 And, when before thee we appear,

In our eternal home, mf May growing numbers worship here,

— And praise thee in our room.

nr\n HYMN 606, L. M.

OUl) A Song for the opening" Year.

m 1 f\ BEAT God! we sing that mighty hand,
IJ By which supported still we stand;
The opening year thy mercy shows,—
Let mercy crown it till it close.

2 By day, by night—at home, abroad,
Still we are guarded by our God;
By his incessant bounty fed,

By his unerring counsel led.

3 With grateful hearts the past we own;
The future—all to us unknown—

We to thy guardian care commit, mp And peaceful leave before thy feet.

O 4 In scenes exalted or depressed,

— Be thou our joy, and thou our rest; Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,

mf Adored, through all our changing days.

p 5 When death shall close our earthly songj,

And seal, in silence, mortal tongues, < Our helper, God, in whom we trust,

— Shall keep our souls, and guard our dust.

607

HYMN 607, 7s.
The opening Year.

m 1 "DLESS, 0 Lord! the opening year,

JO To the souls assembled here; < Clothe thy word with power divine,

— Make us willing to be thine.

2 When thou hast thy. work begun, Give new strength the race to run; Scatter darkness, doubts, and fears, p Wipe away the mourner's tears.

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* — 3 Bless us all both old and young,—

I mf Call forth praise from every tongue; $ Let our whole assembly prove

| / All thy power and all thy love.

608

HYMN 608, 7s and 6s. j

A Winter's Day. 5

| mp 1 TIME is winging us away, <

i J. To our eternal home; j

| Life is but a winter's day, J

j p> A journey to the tomb; \

j Youth and vigor soon will flee, }

I Blooming beauty lose its charms; j

| mp All that's mortal soon will be ♦

J > Enclosed in death's cold arms. 5

j mp 2 Time is winging us away \

| To our eternal home; j

\ Life is but a winter's day, j

A journey to the tomb: J

mf But the Christian shall enjoy I

Health and beauty soon above;
Far beyond the world's alloy—
Secure in Jesus' love.

nr\Q HYMN 609, C. M., Double.

O \J X) Spring of the Year.

\ dol 1 1ITHILE beauty clothes the fertile vale,
»» And blossoms on the spray,
And fragrance breathes in every gale,
How sweet the vernal day!
mf Hark! how the feathered warblers sing I

'T is nature's cheerful voice;
< Soft music hails the lovely spring,

mf And woods and fields rejoice.

dol 2 How kind the influence of the skies,

While showers, with blessing fraught,
Bid verdure, beauty, fragrance, rise,
And fix the roving thought!
— Oh! let my wandering heart confess,

"With gratitude and love,
The bounteous hand that deigns to bless,
Each smiling field and grove.

3 That h&nd, in this hard heart of mine,
Can bid each virtue live;

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| Wliile gentle showers of grace divine j

I Life, beauty, fragrance give: j

I O God of nature, God of grace! |

| Thy heavenly gifts impart, f

| And bid sweet meditation trace I

# Spring blooming in my heart. J

I />iA HYMH 610, S. M. B. J

I O JL U The Spring. J

^WEET is the time of spring, j

When nature's charms appear; I

i The birds with ceaseless pleasure sing, |

| And hail the opening year:

I But sweeter far, the spring

\ Of wisdom and of grace,

I "When children bless and praise their King,

} "Who loves the youthful race.

I 2 Sweet is the dawn of day,

I When light just streaks the sky;

| When shades and darkness pass away,

\ And morning's beams are nigh:

| But sweeter far, the dawn

| Of piety in youth,

I When doubt and darkness are withdraws,

I Before the light of truth.

J dot 3 Sweet is the early dew,

j Which gilds the mountains' tops,

$ And decks each plant and flower we view,

I With pearly glittering drops:

| But sweeter far, the scene

| On Zion's holy hill,

| When there the dew of youth is seen Its freshness to distill.

Aii ,, HYMN 611, 7s.

O A J. x Spring, natural and spiritual.

m 1 DLEASING spring again is here;

JL Trees and fields in bloom appear;
Hark! the birds, with artless lays,
Warble their Creator's praise.

2 Lord! afford a spring to me;
Let me feel like what I see:
Ah! nj winter has been long,-—
p Chilled my hopes, suppressed my song.

# > 3 How the soul in winter mourns,

| < Till the Lord, the San, returns,

5 — Till the Spirit's gentle rain

| mf Bids the heart revive again!

t 4 O beloved Saviour! haste,

| — Tell me—all the storms are past:

j Speak, and by thy gracious voice,

Make my drooping soul rejoice.

HYMN 612, L. M.
The Year crowned with Goodness*

612

mf 1 ETERNAL Source of every joy!

£j Well may thy praise our lips employ,
While, in thy temple, we appear,
Whose goodness crowns the circling year.

— 2 While,—as the wheels of nature roll,—

Thy hand supports the steady pole;

< The sun is taught by thee to rise,

■-*- And darkness, when to veil the skies.

dol 3 The flowery spring, at thy command, Embalms the air and paints the land;

< The summer rays, with vigor, shine mf To raise the corn, and cheer the vine.

— 4 Thy hand, in autumn, richly pours,

Through all our coasts, redundant stores;
And winters, softened by thy care,
No more a face of horror wear.

5 Seasons, and months, and weeks, and days.
Demand successive songs of praise;
Still be the cheerful homage paid,
With morning light and evening shade.

HYMN 613, C. M.

Summer and Harvest.

613

mf 1 TO praise the ever-bounteous Lord,
1 My soul! wake all thy powers:
He calls—and at his voice come forth
The smiling harvest hours.

— 2 His covenant with the earth he keeps;
My tongue! his goodness sing;
Summer and winter know their time—
The harvest crowns the spring.

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