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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,
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 :
His summons cheerfully obey,
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;
Pray, without ceasing, pray.
3 His mercy now implore,
And now show forth His praise; 821 At Morning, Noon, and Night
In shouts, or silent awe, adore
His miracles of grace.
4 From strength to strength go on; Prayer is the Christian pilgrim's staff
Wrestle, and fight, and pray;
Tread all the powers of darkness down 2 At noon, beneath the Rock
And win the well-fought day.
5 Still let the Spirit cry,
In all His soldiers—“Come,”
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.
“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,
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,
Invites us all our griefs to tell,
To pray, and never faint.
2 He bows His gracious ear, 5 Teach me to live by faith,
We never plead in vain;
Yet we must wait till He appear,
And pray, and pray again.
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;
When they are grieved, His mercies move 2 My feeble mind sustain,
And can they be denied ?
$ Then let us earnest be, Appear, and bid me turn again
And never faint in prayer;
He loves our importunity, 3 Swift to my rescue come,
And makes our cause His care.
Rev. John Newton. 1779. ab. and alt.
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 ;
Jesus His first-born Son,
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;
Each saint new life derives
From this mysterious Stone;
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;
The living temple grows,
And owns the Founder's hand.
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
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.
“Angulare Fundamentum." 20 then with hymns of praise
These hallowed courts shall ring;
Both loud and long, In joyful song, 3 Here, gracious God, do Thou
Forevermore draw nigh;
And mark cach suppliant sigh;
Each holy day,
Thy blessings pour. 4 Here may we gain from Heaven
The grace which we implore;
Be with us evermore,
Unknown Author of the 8th century.
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,
Ere to His throne He passed,
4 Head of Thy church beneath,
The catholic, the true,
Her broken frame renew :
George Robinson. 1842.
Eph. iv. 5.
One Lord below, above,
God's Tabernacle with Men.
Ezek. xxxvii. 27.
By the Spirit's unity,
Firm in faith, and stayed on Thee,
Grow in grace, in peace, in love;
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;
At its gates twelve angels stand; On its walls twelve names are graven,
Of the Apostles' chosen band.
Throned in everlasting light,
Sun by day, nor moon by night:
When this earthly strife is o'er, There to dwell with saints and angels In Thy presence evermore.
Rev. Denjamin Webb. 1872. ab.
The City of God.
Is. xxxii. 20, 21.
Zion, city of our God !
Formed thee for His own abode:
What can shake thy sure repose ?
Thou mayest smile at all thy foes. 2. See, the streams of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
And all fear of want remove :
Ever flows their thirst t' assuage?
Never fails from age to age.
See the cloud and fire appear,
Showing that the Lord is near:
Light by night, and shade by day,
Rev. John Newton. (1725-1807.) 1779