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125.

The same. (P. M.)

1 ;

O! our Jesus now ascended,

Human grief is now befriended,
Through the grace which ever flows

From the Saviour,
Healer, He, of all our woes !

2 See the children round him thronging,

Eager for his mild caress :
See the parents, wishful, longing,
That their offspring Christ would bless ;

Favour'd children,
May we share your happiness !

3 Though we cannot now assemble

Thus before the Saviour's face;
Yet our bliss shall your's resemble,
While on us he

pours

his grace ;
And, in union,
We with you will shout his praise.

4 Thankful friends, you us selected,

In the morning of our days ;
May your care be ne'er neglected,
But improve our future ways:

And then issue,
In our great Redeemer's praise.

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5 Then our happy souls shall greet you,

When you reap your full reward;
In the realms of love we'll meet you,
Grateful for your kind regard :

And we'll echo,
Come, ye blessed of the Lord !

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126.

The same. (P. M.)
I T
To God, our praises first belong,
Whose mercy

like a river flows;
His merey claims our sweetest song,

And rises higher than our woes.
2 We'll praise our God, that we are brought

In tender years to hear his word ;
For in the Scriptures we are taught

All sin to shun, and fear the Lord.
3 As every good from God descends,

The Author and the Source of grace;
May grace and peace to all our friends,

Be multiplied, and still increase.
4 0 may success their labours crown,

And God reward their ev'ry care;
While we with thanks their kindness own,
And for them lisp our daily pray’r.

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;
But what might fill an angel's heart,

And fill'd à Saviour's hands. 3 They watch for souls, for which the Lord

Did heav'nly bliss forego;
For souls, which must for ever live,

In raptures, or in woe.
4 All to the great tribunal haste,

Th' account to render there ;
And should’st thou strictly mark our faults,

Lord, how should we appear ! 5 May they that Jesus, whom they preach,

Their own Redeemer see ;
And watch thou daily o'er their souls,

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:
Compassion, patience, love, and care,

And faithfulness and skill.
3 Inflame their minds with holy zeal,

Their flocks to feed and teach;
And let them live, and let them feel,

The sacred truths they preach.

29. For the Ordination of a Minister. (L. M.)

1 G

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,
Thy charge to keep, thy house to guide,
And form a people for thy praise.

3 The heavenly natives with delight,

Hover around the sacred place;
Nor scorn to learn from mortal tongues,
The wonders of redeeming grace,

4 At length, dismiss'd from feeble clay,

Thy servants join the angelic band;
With them through distant worlds they fly,
With them before thy presence stand.

5 O glorious hope! O blest employ!

Sweet soft'ner of our grief and care ;
When shall we reach those radiant courts,
And all their joy and honour share?

6 Yet while these labours we pursue,

Thus distant from thy heavenly throne,
Give us a zeal and love like theirs,
And half their heaven shall here be known.

130. At the Settlement of a Minister. (L. M.)
1 SHEPHERD of Israel, thou dost keep

With constant care thy humble sheep;
By thee inferior pastors rise,

To feed our souls, and bless our eyes. 2 To all thy churches such impart,

Modell’d by thine own gracious heart;
Whose courage, watchfulness, and love,

Men may attest, and God approve. 3 Fed by their active tender care,

Healthful may all thy sheep appear,
And, by their fair example led,

The way to Zion's pastores tread.
4 Here hast thou listen’d to our vows,

And scatter'd blessings on thy house;
Thy saints are succour'd, and no more

As sheep without a guide deplore.
5. Completely heal each former stroke,

And bless the shepherd and the flock;
Confirm the hopes thy mercies raise,
And own this tribute of our praise.

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 ;
And on his arm his church shall rest.
Fair Zion, joyful in her King,
Through every changing age shall sing,

With his perpetual presence blest.

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