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Oh give me here a house of prayer,
Here Sabbath joys impart. Montgomery. 525 Sabbath Evening.
C. M. 1 FREQUENT the
day of God
, And yet how slow devotion burns ;
How languid are its flames!
Our frailties, Lord, forgive;,
And praise thee while we live.
And fit us to ascend
The Sabbath ne'er shall end;
With heavenly lustre shine; Before the throne of God appear,
And feast on love divine ; 5 Where we in high seraphic strains
Shall all our powers employ; Delighted range th' ethereal plains, And take our fill of joy.
Browne. 526 The eternal Sabbath.
L. M. HINE earthly Sabbaths, Lord, we love,
But there's a nobler rest above; To that our longing souls aspire
With cheerful hope and strong desire. 2 No more fatigue-no more distress,
Nor sin, nor death shall reach the place;
shall mingle with the songs Which warble from immortal tongues. 3 No rude alarms of raging foes,
No cares to break the long repose ;
But sacred, high, eternal noon. 4 O long expected day, begin;
Dawn on these realms of woand sin:
Close of the Year.
Hasted through the former year,
Never more to meet us here: Fixed in an eternal state,
They have done with all below; We a little longer wait,
But how little-none can know. 2 As the winged arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
Darts, and leaves no trace behind,
Bear us down life's rapid stream; Upward, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream. 3 Thanks for mercies past receive;
Pardon of our sins renew;
With eternity in view :
Fill us with a Saviour's love ;
May we dwell with thee above. Newlon. 528 Close of the Year.
C.M. A WAKE; ye saints, and raise your eyes, Awake, and praise that sovereign love
That'shows salvation nigh.
Each moment brings it near;
Welcome each closing year.
Nor many mornings rise,
To our admiring eyes.
4 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course ;
Ye mortal powers, decay ;
Doddridge. 529 The New Year.
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COME, let us anew
Our journey pursue,
Roll round with the year,
His adorable will
And our talents improve, By the patience of hope, and the labor of love. 2 Our life is a dream ;
Our time, as a stream,
Glides swiftly away,
The arrow is flown-
The millennial Year
Of his coming, may say,
“ I have fought my way through ; I have finished the work which thou gav'st me
“Well and faithfully done! Enter into my joy, and sit down on my throne."
C. Wesley. 530 New Year :-Blessing implored.
CM. OW, gracious Lord, thine arm reveal,
And make thy glory known; Now let us all thy presence feel,
And soften hearts of stone. 2 Help us to venture near thy throne,
And plead a Saviour's name: For all that we can call our own
Is vanity and shame.
May mercy set us free;
And let the year we now begin,
Begin and end with thee. 4 Send down thy Spirit from above,
That saints may love thee more, And sinners now may learn to love,
Who never loved before.
In our eternal home,
Newton 531 New Year :-Goodness of God. L. M. 1 G REAT God, we sing that mighty hand
By which supported still we stand : The opening year thy mercy shows,
Let mercy crown it till it close.
Still we are guarded by our God;
By his unerring counsel led.
The future-all to us unknown-
And peaceful leave before thy feet.
And seal in silence mortal tongues,
And glory in thy boundless love. Doddridge. 532
Spared another Year. 1 T The God of ages praise ;
Ancient of endless days;
And spares us yet another year. 2 Barren and withered trees,
We cumbered long the ground;
H. M. No fruit of holiness
On our dead souls was found ;
Another and another year.
To cut the fig-tree down,
Cried, “Let it still alone.”
And spared us yet another year. 4 Jesus, thy speaking blood
From God obtained the grace ;
On us a longer space ;
And lo, we see another year. 5 Then dig about our root,
Break up our fallow ground,
To thy great praise abound;
And fruit unto perfection bear. C. Wesley 533
Reflections at the End of the Year. C. M. 1 ND now, my soul, another year
Of thy short life is past ; I cannot long continue here,
And this may be my last.
Nor will return again;
The few that yet remain.
Thy true condition learn;
What is thy great concern ? 4 Behold, another year begins;
Set out afresh for heaven; Seek pardon for thy former sins,
In Christ so freely given. 5 Devoutly yield thyself to God,
And on his grace depend ;