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2. So, when the transient storm is past,

The sudden gloom and driving shower,
The sweetest sunshine is the last;

The loveliest is the evening hour.

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683.

L. M.
1. My God, permit me not to be

A stranger to myself and Thee;
Amid a thousand thoughts I rove,

Forgetful of my highest love.
2. Why should my passions mix with earth,

And thus debase my heavenly birth?
Why should I cleave to things below,

And let my God, my Saviour, go ? 3. Call me away from flesh and sense ;

One sovereign word can draw me thence;
I would obey the voice divine,

And all inferior joys resign.
4. Be earth, with all her scenes withdrawn;

Let noise and vanity be gone:
In secret silence of the mind
My heaven, and there my God, I find.

WATTS.

684.

L. M.
1. GREAT Shepherd of Thine Israel,

Who didst between the cherubs dwell,
And lead the tribes, Thy chosen sheep,

Safe through the desert and the deep :2. Thy church is in the desert now;

Shine from on high and guide us through;
Turn us to Thee, Thy love restore-

We shall be saved, and sigh no more.
3. Great God, whom heavenly hosts obey,

How long shall we lament and pray,
And wait in vain Thy kind return?
How long shall thy fierce anger burn?

4. Instead of wine and cheerful bread,

Thy saints with their own tears are fed ;
Turn us to Thee, Thy love restore-
We shall be saved, and sigh no more.

WATTS.

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685.

L. M.
1. KINDRED in Christ! for His dear sake

A hearty welcome here receive;
May we together now partake

The joys which only He can give.
2. May He, by whose kind care we meet,

Send His good Spirit from above;
Make our communications sweet,

And cause our hearts to burn with love. 3. Forgotten be each worldly theme,

When Christians meet together thus;
We only wish to speak of Ilim

Who lived, and died, and reigns for us. 4. We'll talk of all He did, and said,

And suffered for us here below;
The path He marked for us to tread,

And what He's doing for us now. 5. Thus—as the moments pass away —

We'll love, and wonder, and adore;
And hasten on the glorious day

When we shall meet to part no more.

NEWTON.

686.

L. M.

1. What various hind’rances we meet

In coming to a mercy-seat !
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer

But wishes to be often there? 2. Prayer makes the darkened clouds withdraw;

Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw,
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above.

3. Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;

Prayer makes the Christian's armor bright;
And Satan trembles when he sees

The weakest saint upon his knees.
4. Have you no words? Ah, think again;

Words flow apace when you complain;
And fill a fellow-creature's ear

With the sad tale of all your care.
5. Were half the breath thus vainly spent

To heaven in supplication sent,
Our cheerful song would oftener be,
66 Hear what the Lord hath done for me.”

COWPER.

Doxology. L. M.
1. Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow

The Father and the Son to know,
And Thee through endless times confess'd

Of Both th' eternal Spirit blest. 2. All glory while the ages run

Be to the Father, and the Son
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Ghost, eternally.

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687.

C. M.
1. WHILE Thee I seek, protecting Power,

Be
my

vain wishes still’d;
And may this consecrated hour

With better hopes be fill’d.
2. Thy love the powers of thought bestowed !

To Thee my thoughts would soar;
Thy mercy o'er my life has flowed;

That mercy I adore.
3. In each event of life, how clear

Thy ruling hand I see!
Each blessing to my soul more dear,

Because conferred by Thee.

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..
5. When gladness wings my favored hour,

Thy love my thoughts shall fill;
Resigned, when storms of sorrow lower,

My soul shall meet Thy will. 6. My lifted eye, without a tear,

The gathering storm shall see;
My steadfast heart shall know no fear;
That heart shall rest on Thee.

MRS. H. M. WILLIAMS.

688.

C. M.
1. O God of Bethel ! by whose hand

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.
4. O 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

And portion evermore.

LOGAN.

689.

C. M.
1. How deep and tranquil is the joy

Which Thou hast kindly given
To those who seek Thy presence, Lord,

And tread the path to heaven.
2. 'Tis in the silence of the shade

My sober thoughts begin,
And earth's illusive charms appear

But vanity and sin.
3. 'Tis here the troubled springs of life

Are calmed to sweetest rest;
The stillness of this hour expels

The tumult of my breast.
4. Far, far above all mortal things

I walk with God alone;
And while He names celestial joys,

I call them all my own.
5. Then let the noisy world pursue

The trifles of a day-
Mine be the silent, secret joys

That never fade away.

REED.

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1. Come, my soul, thy suit prepare,

Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself invites thee near,

Bids thee ask Him-waits to hear.
2. With my burden I begin :-

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 blood-bought right maintain,
And without a rival reign.

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