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II. M.

2 Thy walls are strength,—and at thy gates

A guard of heavenly warriors waits;
Nor shall thy deep foundation move,

Fixed on his counsels and his love. 3 Thy foes in vain designs engage

Against thy throne in vain they rage,
Like rising waves, with angry roar,

That dash and die upon the shore.
4 God is our shield, and God our sun;

Swift as the fleeting moments run,
On us he sheds new beams of grace,

And we reflect his brightest praise. 511.

The House of Prayer.
1 GREAT Father of mankind !

We bless that wondrous grace,
Which could for Gentiles find,

Within thy courts, a place:
How kind the care

Our God displays,

For us to raise
A house of prayer !
2 Though once estranged afar,

We now approach the throne,
For Jesus brings us near,

And makes our cause his own;
Strangers no more,

To thee we come;

We find our home,
And rest secure.
3 To thee our souls we join,

And love thy sacred name:
No more our own, but thine,

We triumph in thy claim;
Our Father-King!

Thy covenant-grace

Our souls embrace,
Thy titles sing.
4 Let all the nations throng

To worship in thy house;
And thou attend the song,
And smile upon their vows,

Indulgent still,

Till earth conspire

To join the choir,
On Zion's hill.

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The House of Prayer and Praise. 1 LORD of hosts! to thee we raise,

Here, a house of prayer and praise;
Thou thy people's heart prepare,

Here to meet for praise and prayer. 2 Let the living here be fed,

With thy word, the heavenly bread;
Here, in hope of glory blest,

May the dead be laid to rest. 3 Here, to thee a temple stand,

While the sea shall girt the land;
Here, reveal thy mercy sure,

While the sun and moon endure. 4 Hallelujah!-earth and sky

To the joyful sound reply :
Hallelujah !-hence ascend

Prayer and praise, till time shall end. 513.

On opening a House of Worship.
1 HERE, in thy name, eternal God!

We build this earthly house for thee;
Oh! make it now thy fixed abode,

And keep it, Lord! from error free. 2 When here thy people seek thy face,

And dying sinners pray to live;
Hear thou, in heaven, thy dwelling-place,

And when thou hearest, Lord! forgive. 3 Here, when thy messengers proclaini,

The blessed gospel of thy Son;
Still, by the power of his great name,

Be mighty signs and wonders done. 4 When children's voices raise the song,

Husanna to their heavenly King;
Let heaven, with earth, the strain prolong-

- Hosanna !” let the angels sing.

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5 But will, indeed, Jehovah deign,

Here to abide,-no transient guest ?
Here, will our great Redeemer reign,

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.
1 WITHIN thy house, O Lord our God!

In glorious majesty appear;
Make this a place of thine abode,

And shed thy choicest blessings here. 2 When we thy mercy-seat surround,

Thy Spirit, with thy word, impart;
And let thy gospel's joyful sound,

With power divine, reach every heart. 3 Here, let the blind their sight obtain,

Here, give the broken spirit rest;
Let Jesus here triumphant reign,-

Enthroned in every yielding breast. 4 Here, let the voice of sacred joy

And humble supplication rise,
Till higher strains our tongues employ,

In realms of bliss, beyond the skies. 515.

Dedication of a Church.
1 GOD of the universe! to thee

This sacred fane we rear,
And now, with songs and bended knee,

Invoke thy presence here.
2 Long may this echoing dome resound

The praises of thy name,
These hallowed walls to all around

The Triune God proclaim.
3 Here, let thy love—thy presence dwell,

Thy glory here make known;
Thy people's home, Oh! come, and fill,

And seal it as thine own.

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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,
May all, who own thee here, be borne

To mansions in the skies.

MINISTRY.

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The Heralds of Christ.
1 HOW beauteous are their feet,

Who stand on Zion's hill!
Who bring salvation on their tongues,

And words of peace reveal ! 2 How charming is their voice !

How sweet the tidings are !-
“ Zion! behold thy Saviour-King,

He reigns and triumphs here!” 3 How happy are our ears

That hear this joyful sound !
Which kings and prophets waited for,

And sought, but never found
4 How blessed are our eyes,

That see this heavenly light!
Prophets and kings desired it long,

But died without the sight.
5 The watchmen join their voice,

And tuneful notes employ ;
Jerusalem breaks forth in songs,

And deserts learn the joy.
6 The Lord makes bare his arm,

Through all the earth abroad;
Let every nation now behold

Their Saviour and their God.

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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 works that I have done,

By all the wonders ye shall do.
3 “Teach all the nations my commands,–

I'm with you till the world shall end;
All power is trusted in my hands,

I can destroy, and I defend.” 4 He spake—and light shone round his head;

On a bright cloud, to heaven he rode:
They to the farthest nations spread

The grace of their ascended God. 518.

Ministers watch for Souls.
1 LET Zion's watchmen all awake,

And take th’ alarm they give;
Now let them, from the mouth of God,

Their awful charge receive.
2 'T is not a cause of small import

The pastor's care demands;
But what might fill an angel's heart;-

It filled a Saviour's hands.
3 They watch for souls, for which the Lord

Did heavenly bliss forego ;-
For souls, that must for ever live,

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

Th’account to render there;
And shouldst 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.

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