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333 Carl Maria von Weber. (1786—1926.) Arr. by Henry Wellington Greatorex. (1816—1857.) 1851.


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861 Christ's Regard for Children.

To live Thy life, O Lord, and be
Mark x. 13-16.

Baptized into Thy death.
2 "Permit them to approach,” He cries,
“ Nor scorn their humble name;

2 Thy death to sin we die below, For 't was to bless such souls as these

But we shall rise in love; The Lord of angels came."

We here are planted in Thy woe,

But we shall bloom above. 3 We bring them, Lord, in thankful hands, And yield them up to Thee;

3 Above we shall Thy glory share, Joyful that we ourselves are Thine,

As we Thy cross have borne ; Thine let our offspring be.

E’en we shall crowns of honor wear,

When we the thorns have worn. 4 Ye little flock, with pleasure hear; Ye children, seek His face;

4 Thy crown of thorns is all our boast,

While now we fall before
And fly, with transport, to receive

The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The blessings of His grace.
Rev. Philip Doddridge. 1755 ab.

And tremble, love, adore.

Unknown Author. 862 Unto thee, and to thy Seed after thee." Gen. xvii. 7


Profession and Covenant. 1 How large the promise, how divine, 1 WITNESS, ye men and angels, now, To Abraham and his seed :

Before the Lord we speak; 'I'll be a God to thee and thine,

To Him we make our solemn vow, Supplying all their need.”

A vow we dare not break:2 Jesus the ancient faith confirms,

2 That long as life itself shall last, To our great fathers given;

Ourselves to Christ we yield; He takes young children to His arms,

Nor from His cause will we depart, And calls them heirs of heaven.

Or ever quit the field. 3 Our God, how faithful are His ways!

3 We trust not in our native strength, His love endures the same;

But on His grace rely,
Nor from the promise of His grace

That, with returning wants, the Lord
Blots out the children's name.

Will all our need supply.
Rev. Isaac Watts. 1709. ab. 4 O guide our doubtful feet aright,

And keep us in Thy ways;
Baptism of Adults.

And, while we turn our vows to prayers, 1 We long to move and breathe in Thee, Turn Thou our prayers to praise. Inspired with Thine own breath,

Rev. Benjamin Beddome. (1717-1795.) 1818. 22

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Lent unto the Lord." 865

Their souls with saving grace endow, 1 Sam. i. 28.

Baptize them with Thy Spirit now. 2 Confiding in Thy truth alone, Here, on the steps of Jesus' throne,

4 O give Thine angels charge, good Lord, We lay the treasure Thou hast given

Them safely in Thy way to guard ; To be received and reared for heaven. Thy blessing on their lives command,

And write their names upon Thy hand. 3 Lent to us for a season, we

Lend him forever, Lord, to Thee: 5 O Thou, who by an infant's tongue
Assured, that, if to Thee he live,

Dost hear Thy perfect glory sung,
We gain in what we seem to give.

May these with all the heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 4 Large and abundant blessings shed,

Rev. William Robertson. (-1743.) 1751. ab. Warm as these prayers, upon his head; And on his soul the dews of grace, 867 Prayer for the Children of the Church Fresh as these drops upon his face.

1 DEAR Saviour, if these lambs should stray. 5 Make him and keep him Thine own child, From Thy secure enclosure's bound, Meek follower of the Undefiled;

And, lured by worldly joys away, Possessor here of grace and love,

Among the thoughtless crowd be found; Inheritor of heaven above.

2 Remember still that they are Thine, Rev. John Samuel Bewley Monsell. (1811–) 1837.

That Thy dear sacred name they bear; 866 "Let little Children come to Me."

Think that the seal of love divine, I A LITTLE child the Saviour came,

The sign of covenant grace, they wear. The mighty God was still His name,

3. In all their erring, sinful years, And angels worshipped, as He lay,

O let them ne'er forgotten be; The seeming infant of a day.

Remember all the prayers and tears 2 He who, a little child, began

Which made them consecrate to Thee. The life divine to show to man,

14 And when these lips no more can pray, Proclaims from heaven the message free,

These eyes can weep for them no more, “Let little children come to Me."

Turn Thou their feet from folly's way, 3 We bring them, Lord, and with the sign The wanderers to Thy fold restore. Of sprinkled water name them Thine:

Mrs. Ann Beadley Hyde. (-1872.) 1824

12 Wash it from every stain of guilt,

And let this child be sanctified;
Lord, Thou canst cleanse it, if Thou wilt,

And all its native evils hide. 3 We ask not for it earthly bliss,

Or earthly honors, wealth or fame;
The sum of our request is this,
That it may love and fear Thy name.

Miss Anne Steele. (1717-1778.) 1760. ab.


Prayer for Adoption. L. M. 1 FATHER, in these reveal Thy Son,

In these for whom we seek Thy face; Adopt and seal them as Thine own,

By Thy regenerating grace. 2 Jesus, with us Thou always art,

Now ratify the sacred sign, The gift unspeakable impart,

And bless Thy sacrament divine. 3 Come, Holy Spirit, from on high,

Baptizer of our spirits, Thou ! The purifying grace apply,

And witness with the water now. 4 Pour forth Thine energy divine,

And sprinkle the atoning blood; May Father, Son, and Spirit join

To seal each child a child of God. Rev. Charles Wesley. (1708–1788.) 1749. ab. and alt. 869

Prayer for Cleansing. 1 O LORD, encouraged by Thy grace,

We bring our infant to Thy throne; Give it within Thy heart a place,

Let it be Thine, and Thine alone.

S. M. The gentle Saviour calls." 870

Tune, Boylston. p. 354. 1 The gentle Saviour calls

Our children to His breast;
He folds them in His gracious arms,

Himself declares them blest.
2 “Let them approach," He cries,

“Nor scorn their humble claim; The heirs of heaven are such as these,

For such as these I came." 3 Gladly we bring them, Lord,

Devoting them to Thee,
Imploring that, as we are Thine,

Thine may our offspring be.
Bp. Henry Ustick Onderdonk. (1789—1858.) 1026.

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Rcjoicing in our Coornant-Engagements. 4 Our hearts, by dying love subdued,
2 Chron. xv. 15.

Accept Thine offered grace to-day; 2 O 'nappy bond, that seals my vows

Beneath the cross, with blood bedewed, To Him who merits all my love:

We bow and give ourselves away. Leț cheerful anthems fill His house,

While to that sacred shrine 1 move. 5 In Thee we trust, on Thee rely; 3 'T is done; the great transaction's done;

Though we are feeble, Thou art strong;

O keep us till our spirits fly
I am my Lord's, and He is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on,

To join the bright, immortal throng.

Rev. Ray Palmer. (1808-) 1843 Charmed to confess the voice divine. 4 Now rest, my long divided heart,

"Lord, I am Thine." Fixed on this blissful centre, rest; I LORD, I am Thine, entirely Thine, With ashes who would grudge to part, Purchased and saved by blood divine;

When called on angels' bread to feast? With full consent Thine I would be, 5 High heaven, that heard the solemn vow,

And own Thy sovereign right in me. That vow renewed shall daily hear, 2 Grant one poor sinner more a place, Till in life's latest hour I bow,

Among the children of Thy grace; And bless in death a bond so dear. A wretched sinner, lost to God,

Rev. Philip Doddridge. (1702–1751.) 1755 But ransomed by Immanuel's blood. 873 Giving ourselves away.

2 Thine would I live, Thine would I die, i O, SWEETLY breathe the lyres above,

Be Thine through all eternity; When angels touch the quivering string,

The vow is past beyond repeal ; And wake, to chant Immanuel's love,

Now will I set the solemn seal. Such strains as angel-lips can sing. 4. Here, at that cross where flows the blood 2 And sweet on earth the choral swell, That bought my guilty soul for God,

From mortal tongues, of gladsome lays, Thee my new Master now I call, When pardoned souls their raptures tell, And consecrate to Thee my all. And, grateful, hymn Immanuel's praise.

5 Do Thou assist a feeble worm 3 Jesus, Thy name our souls adore; The great engagement to perform;

We own the bond that makes us Thine ; Thy grace can full assistance lend, And carnal joys, that charmed before, And on that grace 1 dare depend. For Thy dear sake we now resign.

Rev. Samuel Davies. (1734–1761.) 1769


Henry Lahee. 1861.

1. Arm these Thy soldiers, mighty Lord, With shieldof faith and Spirit's sword; Forth to the battle

may they go, And boldly fight against the foe, With banner of the cross unfurled, And by it

0 - vercome the world; And so at last receive from Thee The palm and crown of vic-to - ry.



14 Once more our welcome we repeat, “Arm these Thy Soldiers.''

Receive assurance of our love; 2 Come, ever-blessed Spirit, come,

O may we all together meet, And make Thy servants' hearts Thy home;

Around the throne of God above. May each a living temple be,

Rev. Thomas Kelly. (1769-1855.) 1812. ab. Hallowed for ever, Lord, to Thee; Enrich that temple's holy shrine

Forget Him not."
With sevenfold gifts of grace divine ; 1 O THOU, my soul, forget no more
With wisdom, light, and knowledge bless, The Friend who all thy sorrows bore,
Strength, counsel, fear, and godliness.

Let every idol be forgot,
Bp. Christopher Wordsworth. (1807-) 1863. ab.

But O my soul, forget Him not.
Come in !"

12 Renounce thy works and ways, with grief, Gen. xxiv. 31.

And fly to this divine relief ; i Come in, thou blesséd of the Lord,

Nor Him forget, who left His throne, Enter in Jesus' precious name;

And for thy life gave up His own.
We welcome thee with one accord,
And trust the Saviour does the same. 3 Eternal truth and beauty shine

In Him, and He Himself is thine : 3 Those joys, which earth cannot afford,

And canst thou, then, with sin beset, We'll seek in fellowship to prove;

Such charms,such matchless charms forget? Joined in one spirit to our Lord, Together bound by mutual love. 4. O no: till life itself depart,

His name shall cheer and warm my heart ; 3 And, while we pass this vale of tears, We'll make our joys and sorrows known;

And, lisping this, from earth I'll rise, We'll share each other's hopes and fears,

And join the chorus of the skies

Krishnoo Pal. 1801. And count a brother's case our own. Tr. by Rev. Joshua Marshman. (1767-1837.) 1801.

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