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Luke. vi. 12.

Thess. v. 17

820 Morning Prayer.

And finding there the house of God,

With heaven then close the day. 2 The breezes waft their cries Up to Jchovah's throne;

4 When midnight veils our eyes, He listens to their humble sighs,

O, it is sweet to say,
And sends His blessings down.

I sleep, but my heart waketh, Lord,

With Thee to watch and pray. 3 So Jesus rose to pray

James Montgomery. (1771-1854 ) 1853. alt. Before the morning light; Once on the chilling mount did stay,

822 And wrestle all the night.

"Pray without ceasing."

I PRAY, without ceasing, pray, 4 So Jesus still doth pray

Your Captain gives the word :
Before the morning bright,

His summons cheerfully obey,
On heavenly mountains far away,
While we toil here in night.

And call upon the Lord. 5 Leave, Lord, Thy vigil there,

2 To God your every want Descend upon life's wave;

In instant prayer display; Come to the bark through midnight air,

Pray always; pray, and never faint;
The storm shall cease to rave.

Pray, without ceasing, pray.
Mrs. Phæbe Hinsdale Brown. (1783-1867.) 1835.

3 His mercy now implore,

And now show forth His praise; 821 At Morning, Noon, and Night

In shouts, or silent awe, adore
I COME at the morning hour,

His miracles of grace.
Come, let us kneel and pray;

4 From strength to strength go on; Prayer is the Christian pilgrim's staff

Wrestle, and fight, and pray;
To walk with God all day.

Tread all the powers of darkness down 2 At noon, beneath the Rock

And win the well-fought day.
Of ages, rest and pray;

5 Still let the Spirit cry,
Sweet is that shelter from the sun

In all His soldiers—“Come,”
In weary heat of day.

Till Christ the Lord descends from high, 3 At evening, in thy home,

And takes the conquerors home. Around its altar, pray;

Rev. Charles Wesley. (1708—1788.) 1749. ab.

Ps. lv. 17.

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Ask what I shall give thee."

Gather my wandering spirit home, i Kings 11. 5.

Luke xviii. 1-7.

And keep in perfect peace. 2 That rich atoning blood, Which sprinkled round I see,

4 Suffered no more to rove Provides for those who come to God

O'er all the earth abroad,
An all-prevailing plea.

Arrest the prisoner of Thy love,

And shut me up in God. 3 My soul, ask what thou wilt,

Rev. Charles Wesley. 1749. ab. Thou canst not be too bold; Since His own blood for thee He spilt, 825

importunacy in Prayer. What else can He withhold ?

I OUR Lord, who knows full well 4 Thine image, Lord, bestow,

The heart of every saint,
Thy presence and Thy love ;

Invites us all our griefs to tell,
I ask to serve Thee here below,

To pray, and never faint.
And reign with Thee above.

2 He bows His gracious ear, 5 Teach me to live by faith,

We never plead in vain;
Conform my will to Thine,

Yet we must wait till He appear,
Let me victorious be in death,

And pray, and pray again.
And then in glory shine.
Rev. John Newton. (1925–1807.) 1779. ab. 3 Jesus the Lord will hear

His chosen when they cry; 824 In a Hurry of Business.

Yes, though He may a while forbear, Is, xxvi. 3.

He'll help them from on high. 1 THE praying spirit breathe, The watching power impart,

4 His nature, truth, and love, From all entanglements beneath

Engage Him on their side;
Call off my anxious heart.

When they are grieved, His mercies move 2 My feeble mind sustain,

And can they be denied ?
By worldly thoughts opprest;

$ Then let us earnest be, Appear, and bid me turn again

And never faint in prayer;
To my eternal rest.

He loves our importunity, 3 Swift to my rescue come,

And makes our cause His care.
Thine own this moment seize ;

Rev. John Newton. 1779. ab. and alt.

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He built the Church who built the sky; The Spirit asked for.

Shout, and exalt His honors high. 2 If earthly parents hear Their children when they cry,

2 See the foundation laid If they, with love sincere,

By power and love divine ;
Their children's wants supply;

Jesus His first-born Son,
Much more wilt Thou Thy love display,

How bright His glories shine! And answer when Thy children pray.

Low He descends, in dust He lies,

That from His tomb a Church might rise. 3 Our Heavenly Father, Thou !

3 But He for ever lives, We, children of Thy grace :

Nor for Himself alone;
O let Thy Spirit now

Each saint new life derives
Descend, and fill the place:

From this mysterious Stone;
So shall we feel the heavenly flame,

His influence darts through every soul, And all unite to praise Thy name.

And in one house unites the whole. 4 O send Thy Spirit down

4 To Him with joy we move, On all the nations, Lord,

In Him cemented stand;
With great success to crown

The living temple grows,
The preaching of Thy word,

And owns the Founder's hand.
Till heathen lands shall own Thy sway,

That structure, Lord, still higher raise, And cast their idol-yods away.

Louder to sound its Builder's praise. John Burton. (1803–) 1824. ab.

5 Descend, and shed abroad The Living Stone.

The tokens of Thy grace, 827 1 Pet. ii. 4, 5.

And, with more radiant beams, I WITH ecstasy of joy

Let glory fill the place; Extol His glorious name,

Our joyful souls shall prostrate fall, Who raised the spacious earth,

And own, our God is All in all. And raised our ruined frame:

Rev. Philip Doddridge. (1702–1751.) 1755

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Zion, one faith is thinc,

One only watchword, love: From different temples though it rise, One song ascendeth to the skies.

And thus proclaimThat glorious Name.

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Angulare Fundamentum." 20 then with hymns of praise

These hallowed courts shall ring;
Our voices we will raise
The Three in One to sing;

Both loud and long, In joyful song, 3 Here, gracious God, do Thou

Forevermore draw nigh;
Accept each faithful prayer,

And mark cach suppliant sigh;
In copious shower

Each holy day,
On all who pray,

Thy blessings pour. 4 Here may we gain from Heaven

The grace which we implore;
And may that grace, once given,

Be with us evermore,
Until that day To endless rest
When all the blest | Are called away.

Unknown Author of the 8th century.
Tr. by Rev. John Chandler. (1806–) 1837.

2 Our Sacrifice is one;

One Priest before the throne, The slain, the risen Son,

Redeemer, Lord alone: Thou who didst raise Him from the dead, Unite Thy people in their Head.

3 O may that holy prayer,

His tenderest and His last,
His constant, latest care

Ere to His throne He passed,
No longer unfulfiled remain,
The world's offence, His people's stain !

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4 Head of Thy church beneath,

The catholic, the true,
On all her members breathe,

Her broken frame renew :
Then shall Thy perfect will be done,
When Christians love and live as one.

George Robinson. 1842.

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"One Lord, one Faith, one Baptisme."

Eph. iv. 5.
1 ONE sole baptismal sign,

One Lord below, above,

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God's Tabernacle with Men.

Ezek. xxxvii. 27.
? Framed of living stones, cemented

By the Spirit's unity,
Based on Prophets and Apostles,

Firm in faith, and stayed on Thee,
May Thy Church, O Lord Incarnate,

Grow in grace, in peace, in love;
Emblem of the heavenly Zion,

The Jerusalem above. 3 Stands four-square that heavenly City;

Paved with gold like crystal bright; Gates of pearl, and walls of jasper,

Emerald and chrysolyte;
Broad and lofty tower its ramparts ;

At its gates twelve angels stand; On its walls twelve names are graven,

Of the Apostles' chosen band.
4 Where Thou reignest, King of glory,

Throned in everlasting light,
Midst Thy saints, no more is needed

Sun by day, nor moon by night:
Soon may we those portals enter

When this earthly strife is o'er, There to dwell with saints and angels In Thy presence evermore.

Rev. Denjamin Webb. 1872. ab.

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The City of God.

Is. xxxii. 20, 21.
I GLORIOUS things of thee are spoken,

Zion, city of our God !
He whose word cannot be broken,

Formed thee for His own abode:
On the Rock of ages founded,

What can shake thy sure repose ?
With salvation's walls surrounded,

Thou mayest smile at all thy foes. 2. See, the streams of living waters,

Springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters,

And all fear of want remove :
Who can saint, while such a river

Ever flows their thirst t' assuage?
Grace, which, like the Lord, the Giver,

Never fails from age to age.
3 Round each habitation hovering,

See the cloud and fire appear,
For a glory and a covering,

Showing that the Lord is near:
Thus deriving from their banner

Light by night, and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which He gives them when they pray.

Rev. John Newton. (1725-1807.) 1779

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