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185 HERE, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face; Here faith can touch and handle things

unseen ;
Here would I grasp with firmer hand Thy grace,
And all

my
weariness

upon

Thee lean. Here would I feed upon the Bread of God;

Here drink with Thee the royal wine of heaven ; Here would I lay aside each earthly load,

Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven. I have no help but Thine; nor do I need

Another arm save Thine to lean upon; It is enough, my Lord, enough indeed ;

My strength is in Thy might, Thy might alone. Too soon we rise ; the symbols disappear;

The feast, though not the love, is past and gone, The bread and wine remove, but Thou art here, Nearer than ever,

still
my

shield and sun. Feast after feast thus comes and passes by ;

Yet passing points to the glad feast above, Giving sweet foretastes of the festal joy,

The Lamb's great bridal feast of bliss and love.

186
'?let

Linger on the trembling chords ;
Let the little while between
In their golden light be seen ;
Let us think how heaven and home
Lie beyond that ‘Till He come.'
When the weary ones we love
Enter on their rest above,
Seems the earth so poor and vast,
All our life-joy overcast?
Hush! be every murmur dumb :
It is only, “Till He come.'
Clouds and conflicts round us press;
Would we have one sorrow less?
All the sharpness of the Cross,
All that tells the world is loss,
Death, and darkness, and the tomb
Only whisper, 'Till He come.'
See the feast of love is spread ;
Drink the wine, and break the bread,
Sweet memorials, till the Lord
Call us round His heavenly board ;
Some from earth, from glory some,
Severed only ‘Till He come.'

187

Y Christ redeemed, to God restored, ,

We keep the memory adored,
And show the death of our dear Lord,

Until He come.
His body slain upon

the

tree,
His life-blood, shed for us, we see ;
Thus faith shall read the mystery,

Until He come.
And thus His dark betrayal night
With His last Advent we unite
By one bright chain of loving rite,

Until He come :
Until the trump of God be heard,
Until the ancient graves be stirred,
And, with the great commanding word,

The Lord shall come.
O blessèd hope! With this elate
Let not our hearts be desolate,
But, strong in faith and patience, wait

Until He come.

188

AUTHOR
UTHOR of life divine,

Who hast a Table spread,
Furnished with mystic Wine

And everlasting Bread,
Preserve the life Thyself hast given,
And feed and train us up for heaven.
Our needy souls sustain

With fresh supplies of love,
Till all Thy life we gain,

And all Thy fulness prove,
And, strengthened by Thy perfect grace,
Behold without a veil Thy face.

189

READ of Heaven, on Thee we feed,

Ever may our souls be fed
With this true and living Bread,
Day by day with strength supplied
Through the life of Him who died.

Vine of Heaven, Thy blood supplies
This blest

cup

of sacrifice;
'Tis Thy wounds our healing give;
To Thy Cross we look and live :
Thou our life! O let us be
Rooted, grafted, built on Thee.

CONSECRATION OF A CHURCH

190

LO

ORD, Whose temple once did glisten

With a monarch's rich supplies,
To our humbler praises listen,

Bless our willing sacrifice.
Be our freewill offering, given

To the Father and the Son,
Sweeter in the sight of heaven

Than the scents of Lebanon.
Clouds and darkness veiled Thy dwelling

In Thy chosen house of old,
Though the hymn of praise was swelling

'Mid the pomp of Ophir's gold :
Here Thy love our hearts shall brighten ;

Hence, ye earth-born clouds, away!
Here Thy Spirit shall enlighten,

Shining to the perfect day.
When our Israel's sore transgression

Stops the windows of the sky;
When we sink beneath oppression,

When we see our thousands die;
Father, when we here adore Thee,

In Thy house our prayer receive;
When we spread our hands before Thee,

Here behold us, and forgive.

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