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L. M. 519.

Meeting of Ministers.
1 POUR out thy Spirit from on high;

Lord ! thine assembled servants bless;
Graces and gifts to each supply,

And clothe thy priests with righteousness. 2 Within thy temple where we stand,

To teach the truth as taught by thee,
Saviour! like stars, in thy right hand,

The angels of the churches be!
3 Wisdom and zeal, and faith impart,

Firmness with meekness from above,
To bear thy people on our hearts,

And love the souls whom thou dost love :4 To watch and pray, and never faint;

By day and night strict guard to keep;
To warn the sinner, cheer the saint,

Nourish thy lambs, and feed thy sheep. 5 Then, when our work is finished here,

In humble hope, our charge resign:
When the chief Shepherd shall appear,

O God! may they and we be thine. 520.

The Death of a Minister.
1 NOW let our drooping hearts revive,

And all our tears be dry :
Why should those eyes be drowned in grief

That view a Saviour nigh? 2 Though earthly shepherds dwell in dust,

The aged and the young;
The watchful eye, in darkness closed,

And mute th’instructive tongue ;3 Th’ eternal shepherd still survives,

New comfort to impart;
His eye still guides us—and his voice

Still animates our heart.
4. “Lo! I am with you," saith the Lord,

My church shall safe abide ;"
The Lord will ne'er forsake his own

Who in his love confide.

C. M.


S. M.

5 Through every scene of life and death,

His promise is our trust;
And this shall be our children's song,

When we are cold in dust. 521,

The Pastor's Death.
1 REST from thy labor, rest ;-

Soul of the just, set free!
Blest be thy memory, and blest

Thy bright example be! 2 Faith, perseverance, zeal,

Language of light and power,
Love,-prompt to act, and quick to feel,-

Marked thee, till life's last hour. 3 Now,-toil and conflict o'er,

Go, take with saints thy place:
But go-as each hath gone before,

A sinner saved by grace. 4 Lord Jesus ! to thy hands

Our pastor we resign;
And now we wait thine own commands ;-

We were not his, but thine. 5 Thou art thy church's head;

And when the members die,
Thou raisest others in their stead :-

To thee we lift our eye.
6 On thee our hopes depend;

We gather round our Rock;
Send whom thou wilt ; but condescend

Thyself to feed thy flock. 522.

The Death of an aged Minister. 1 “SERVANT of God! well done!

Rest from thy loved employ:
The battle fought,—the vict'ry won,-

Enter thy Master's joy."
2 The voice at midnight came,

lle started up to hear;
A mortal arrow pierced his frame,

He fell—but felt no fear. 3 Tranquil amid alarms,

It found him on the field,

S. M.

A veteran slumbering on his arms,

Beneath his red-cross shield.

4 The pains of death are past,

Labor and sorrow cease ;
And, life's long warfare closed at last,

His soul is found in peace. 5 Soldier of Christ! well-done!

Praise be thy new employ ;
And while eternal ages run,

Rest in thy Saviour's joy!


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Inquiring of a Watchman. 1 WATCHMAN! tell us of the night,

What its signs of promise are?
Traveler ! o'er yon mountain's height!

See that glory-beaming star:
Watchman ! does its beauteous ray

Aught of hope or joy foretell?
Traveler ! yes ;-it brings the day,-

Promised day of Israel.
2 Watchman ! tell us of the night ;-

Higher yet that star ascends;
Traveler ! blessedness and light,

Peace and truth, its course portends ;
Watchman! will its beams alone

Gild the spot that gave them birth? Traveler! ages are its own,

See! it bursts o'er all the earth. 3 Watchman ! tell us of the night,

For the morning seems to dawn;
Traveler! darkness takes its flight,

Doubt and terror are withdrawn:
Watchman ! let thy wanderings cease ;

Hie thee to thy quiet home;
Traveler! lo! the Prince of peace,-

Lo! the Son of God is come !

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H. M. 524.

Christian Effort.
1 RISE, gracious God! and shine

In alĩ thy saving might:
And prosper each design,

To spread thy glorious light:
Let healing streams of mercy flow,

That all the earth thy truth may know. 2 Put forth thy glorious power!

The nations then will see,
And earth present her store,

In converts born of thee:
God, our own God, his church will bless,

And earth shall yield her full increase. 525.

The Heathen crying for Help. 1 HARK! what mean those lamentations,

Rolling sadly through the sky ? 'T is the cry of heathen nations,

“Come and help us or we die !"
2 Hear the heathen's sad complaining,

Christians! hear their dying cry;
And, the love of Christ constraining,

Haste to help them, ere they die. 526.

The Gospel-Banner. 1 NOW be the gospel-banner,

In every land, unfurled ;
And be the shout.-"Hosanna!".

Re-echoed through the world ;
Till every isle and nation,

Till every tribe and tongue
Receive the great salvation,

And join the happy throng.
2 What, though th' embattled legions

Of earth and hell combine?
His arm, throughout their regions,

Shall soon resplendent shine:
Ride on, O Lord ! victorious,

Immanuel, Prince of peace!
Thy triumph shall be glorious,-
Thy empire still increase.

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L. M.

3 Yes,—thou shalt reign for ever,

O Jesus, King of kings!
Thy light, thy love, thy favor,

Each ransomed captive sings:
The isles for thee are waiting,

The deserts learn thy praise,
The hills and vallies greeting,

The song responsive raise. 527.

Missionary Meeting.
1 ASSEMBLED at thy great command,

Before thy face, dread King! we stand:
The voice, that marshalled every star,

Has called thy people from afar. 2 We meet, through distant lands, to spread

The truth for which the martyrs bled ;
Along the line, to either pole,

The thunder of thy praise to roll.
8 Our prayers assist, accept our praise,

Our hopes revive, our courage raise,
Our counsels aid, to each impart

The single eye, the faithful heart.
4 Forth with thy chosen heralds come,

Recall the wandering spirits home;
From Zion's mount send forth the sound

To spread the spacious earth around. 528.

The Heralds pointing out the Way.
1 NOW let our faith with joy survey

The glories of the latter day :
Its dawn already seems begun,-

Sure earnest of the rising sun.
2 The friends of truth assembled stand,

A chosen consecrated band,
The emblem of the cross display,

And cry aloud," Behold the way!"
3 Behold the way to Zion's hill,

Where Israel's God delights to dwell:
He fixes there his lofty throne,

And calls the sacred place his own.
4 "Behold the way !" ye heralds! cry;

Spare not, but lift your voices high:

L. M.

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