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HE saints of God! their conflict past,

And life's long battle won at last,
No more they need the shield or sword,
They cast them down before their Lord :

O happy saints, for ever blest,

At Jesus' feet how safe your rest! The saints of God! their wanderings donc, No more their weary course they run; No more they faint, no more they fall, No foes oppress, no fears appal :

O happy saints, for ever blest,

In that dear home how sweet your rest! The saints of God ! life’s voyage o’er, Safe landed on that blissful shore, No stormy tempests now they dread, No roaring billows lift their head :

O happy saints, for ever blest,

In that calm haven of your rest! The saints of God their vigil keep While yet their mortal bodies sleep, Till from the dust they too shall risc And soar triumphant to the skies :

O happy saints, rejoice and sing ;

He quickly comes, your Lord and King.
O God of saints, to Thee we cry;
O Saviour, plead for us on high ;
O Holy Ghost, our Guide and Friend,
Grant us Thy grace till life shall end ;

That with all saints our rest may be
In that bright Paradise with Thee.

164

IN

N token that thou shalt not fear

Christ crucified to own,
We print the Cross upon thee here,

And stamp thee His alone.
In token that thou shalt not blush

To glory in His Name,
We blazon here upon thy front

His glory and His shame.
In token that Thou shalt not flinch

Christ's quarrel to maintain,
But ’neath His banner manfully

Firm at thy post remain ;
In token that thou too shalt tread

The path He travelled by,
Endure the cross, despise the shame,

And sit thee down on high ;
Thus outwardly and visibly

We seal thee for His own;
And
may

the brow that wears His Cross Hereafter share His Crown!

165
SOLDIERS of Christ, arise,

put your armour on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies

Through His Eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,

And in His mighty power ;
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts

Is more than conqueror.
Stand then in His great might,

With all His strength endued ;
And take, to arm you for the fight,

The panoply of God.
From strength to strength go on,

Wrestle and fight and pray ;
Tread all the powers of darkness down,

And win the well-fought day :
That, having all things done,

And all your conflicts past,
Ye may o'ercome through Christ alone,

And stand complete at last

166 O

God of truth, Whose living Word

Upholds whate’er has breath,
Look down on Thy created sons

Enslaved by sin and death.
Set up Thy standard, Lord, that we,

Who claim a heavenly birth,
May march with Thee to smite the lies

That vex Thy groaning earth.
And would we join that blest array,

And follow in the might
Of Him, the Faithful and the True,

In raiment clean and white?
How can we fight for truth and God,

Enthralled to lies and sin?
He who would wage such war on earth

Must first be true within.

O God of truth, for Whom we long,

O Thou that hearest prayer,
Do Thine own battle in our hearts,

And slay the falsehood there.
So, tried in Thy refining fire,
From
every

lie set free,
In us Thy perfect truth shall dwell

And we may fight for Thee.

167

THIN
HINE for ever! God of love,

Hear us from Thy throne above :
Thine for ever may we be
Here and in eternity.
Thine for ever! Lord of life,
Shield us through our earthly strife ;
Thou the Life, the Truth, the Way,
Guide us to the realms of day.
Thine for ever! oh! how blest
They who find in Thee their rest!
Saviour, Guardian, heavenly Friend,
O defend us to the end.
Thine for ever! Saviour, keep
These Thy frail and trembling sheep ;
Safe alone beneath Thy care,
Let us all Thy goodness share.
Thine for ever! Thou our guide,
All our wants by Thee supplied,
All our sins by Thee forgiven,
Lead us, Lord, from earth to heaven.

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