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The same. (P. M.)
O! our Jesus now ascended,
Human grief is now befriended,
From the Saviour,
2 See the children round him thronging,
Eager for his mild caress :
3 Though we cannot now assemble
Thus before the Saviour's face;
his grace ;
4 Thankful friends, you us selected,
In the morning of our days ;
And then issue,
5 Then our happy souls shall greet you,
When you reap your full reward;
And we'll echo,
The same. (P. M.)
like a river flows;
And rises higher than our woes.
In tender years to hear his word ;
All sin to shun, and fear the Lord.
The Author and the Source of grace;
Be multiplied, and still increase.
And God reward their ev'ry care;
ORDINATIONS, &c. 127. After a Charge at an Ordination. (C. M.) 1 LET Zion's watchmen all awake, Now let them from the mouth of God, Their solemn charge receive.
2 'Tis not a cause of small import,
The pastor's care demands;
And fill'd à Saviour's hands. 3 They watch for souls, for which the Lord
Did heav'nly bliss forego;
In raptures, or in woe.
Th' account to render there ;
Lord, how should we appear ! 5 May they that Jesus, whom they preach,
Their own Redeemer see ;
That they may watch for thee.
128. Prayer for Ministers. (C. M.) 1 CHIEF Shepherd of thy chosen sheep, May ev'ry under shepherd keep, His eye
intent on thee! 2 With plenteous grace their hearts prepare,
To execute thy will:
And faithfulness and skill.
Their flocks to feed and teach;
The sacred truths they preach.
29. For the Ordination of a Minister. (L. M.)
REAT Lord of angels, we adore
The grace that builds thy courts below; And through ten thousand sons of light, Stoops to regard what mortals do,
2 Amidst the wastes of time and death,
Successive pastors thou dost raise,
3 The heavenly natives with delight,
Hover around the sacred place;
4 At length, dismiss'd from feeble clay,
Thy servants join the angelic band;
5 O glorious hope! O blest employ!
Sweet soft'ner of our grief and care ;
6 Yet while these labours we pursue,
Thus distant from thy heavenly throne,
130. At the Settlement of a Minister. (L. M.)
With constant care thy humble sheep;
To feed our souls, and bless our eyes. 2 To all thy churches such impart,
Modell’d by thine own gracious heart;
Men may attest, and God approve. 3 Fed by their active tender care,
Healthful may all thy sheep appear,
The way to Zion's pastores tread.
And scatter'd blessings on thy house;
As sheep without a guide deplore.
And bless the shepherd and the flock;
131. Christ ever present with his Ministers. (P. M.) I WIDE o'er all worlds the Saviour reigns,
Unmov'd his power and love remains ;
With his perpetual presence blest.