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2 Thy walls are strength,—and at thy gates
A guard of heavenly warriors waits;
Fixed on his counsels and his love. 3 Thy foes in vain designs engage
Against thy throne in vain they rage,
That dash and die upon the shore.
Swift as the fleeting moments run,
And we reflect his brightest praise. 511.
The House of Prayer.
We bless that wondrous grace,
Within thy courts, a place:
Our God displays,
For us to raise
We now approach the throne,
And makes our cause his own;
To thee we come;
We find our home,
And love thy sacred name:
We triumph in thy claim;
Our souls embrace,
To worship in thy house;
Till earth conspire
To join the choir,
The House of Prayer and Praise. 1 LORD of hosts! to thee we raise,
Here, a house of prayer and praise;
Here to meet for praise and prayer. 2 Let the living here be fed,
With thy word, the heavenly bread;
May the dead be laid to rest. 3 Here, to thee a temple stand,
While the sea shall girt the land;
While the sun and moon endure. 4 Hallelujah!-earth and sky
To the joyful sound reply :
Prayer and praise, till time shall end. 513.
On opening a House of Worship.
We build this earthly house for thee;
And keep it, Lord! from error free. 2 When here thy people seek thy face,
And dying sinners pray to live;
And when thou hearest, Lord! forgive. 3 Here, when thy messengers proclaini,
The blessed gospel of thy Son;
Be mighty signs and wonders done. 4 When children's voices raise the song,
Husanna to their heavenly King;
- Hosanna !” let the angels sing.
5 But will, indeed, Jehovah deign,
Here to abide,-no transient guest ?
And here, the Holy Spirit rest?6 Thy glory never hence depart!
Yet choose not, Lord! this house alone; Thy kingdom come, in every heart,
In every bosom, tix thy throne. 514.
Pruyer on opening a Church-Edifice.
In glorious majesty appear;
And shed thy choicest blessings here. 2 When we thy mercy-seat surround,
Thy Spirit, with thy word, impart;
With power divine, reach every heart. 3 Here, let the blind their sight obtain,
Here, give the broken spirit rest;
Enthroned in every yielding breast. 4 Here, let the voice of sacred joy
And humble supplication rise,
In realms of bliss, beyond the skies. 515.
Dedication of a Church.
This sacred fane we rear,
Invoke thy presence here.
The praises of thy name,
The Triune God proclaim.
Thy glory here make known;
And seal it as thine own.
4 When sad with care—by sin oppressed,
Here may the burdened soul, Beneath thy sheltering wing, tind rest;
Here, make the wounded whole. 5 And when the last long Sabbath-morn,
Upon the just. shall rise,
To mansions in the skies.
S. M. 516.
The Heralds of Christ.
Who stand on Zion's hill!
And words of peace reveal ! 2 How charming is their voice !
How sweet the tidings are !-
He reigns and triumphs here!” 3 How happy are our ears
That hear this joyful sound !
And sought, but never found
That see this heavenly light!
But died without the sight.
And tuneful notes employ ;
And deserts learn the joy.
Through all the earth abroad;
Their Saviour and their God.
L. M. 17.
The great Commission. “GO, preach my gospel !"-saith the Lord,
“ Bid the whole earth my grace receive; He shall be saved who trusts my word;
He shall be damned who don't believe. 2 “I'll make your great commission known,
And ye shall prove my gospel true,
By all the wonders ye shall do.
I'm with you till the world shall end;
I can destroy, and I defend.” 4 He spake—and light shone round his head;
On a bright cloud, to heaven he rode:
The grace of their ascended God. 518.
Ministers watch for Souls.
And take th’ alarm they give;
Their awful charge receive.
The pastor's care demands;
It filled a Saviour's hands.
Did heavenly bliss forego ;-
In raptures, or in wo.
Th’account to render there;
Lord ! how should we appear?
Their own Redeemer see;
That they may watch for thee.