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Come, and with cheerful voices raise
To God your grateful songs of praise.
Thankful repeat His mercies o'er ;
To thank His Name on this New Year. 3 Kindly He makes your lives His care ;
Richly His favours still you share ;
Now bless you in the prime of youth !
S.M. 1 SPARED to another spring,
We raise our grateful songs ;
For praise to Thee belongs.
To Thee sweet off'rings bear;
Sing forth Thy tender care.
The trees on every hill,
Proclaim Thy wondrous skill.
Still praise a God unknown;
From living hearts alone.
Which covered all the ground,
Are melted soon before the thaw,
And can no more be found.
To move away the snow,
Or make the waters flow?
An emblem of the power
In His appointed hour.
Will ineffectual prove ;
He's destitute of love.
The soft'ning warmth of grace,
His heart dissolves apace. 361 Return of Spring.
C.N. 1 THE icy chains that bound the earth
Are now dissolved and gone ;
Puts her new garments on.
Now plenty rears her head ;
Her late destroyer fled.
The wisdom and the power ;
In every opening flower.
362 Nature Renewed.
1 FROM winter's barren clods,
From winter's joyless waste,
With blooming beauty graced.
How warm the solar beams!
Descend in gentle streams.
and love in concert reign Through earth, and seas, and skies. 4 With grateful praise we own
Thy providential hand,
grass for kine, and herbs and corn
Of Thine Incarnate Son;
Through endless ages run. 363
Seems heavily to press,
He chastens but to bless! 2 If every earthly comfort fail,
And creature good decay,
That never pass away.
3 When sickness preys upon my cheek,
And fades the healthier hue,
Each care and pain subdue ! 4 And when the hour of death shall come,
May I, from sorrow free,
And be, O Lord, with Thee ! 364 Anniversary.
LX. 1 O THOU to whom all thanks are due,
Our Maker and Preserver too,
The God in whom are all our ways. 2 We thank Thee for Thy watchful care
Continued through another year;
In every favour we have known. 3 Thy goodness lights the path we tread;
Thy mercy gives our daily bread;
Thy large and bounteous hand provides. 4 But Thou hast richer treasures stored
For those who follow Christ the Lord;
And find true joy alone in Thee ! 365 Before Starting for Excursion
or School Treat. 1 The day has now come, and here we are
met, The teachers and scholars, the girls and
the boys ;
Let us all now agree truly
happy to be, And set off in gladness God's wonders to 2 Then happy to be, our minds must be free From malice and anger, from envy and
spite, From folly and lying, or any such sin,
Control over tempers all striving to win. 3 Be each one determined to reign over self,
And every one seeking all others to please ; For this will ensure us a day of content,
A season of pleasure, on which we are bent. 4 The folly of one could spoil our delight, Would vex our dear teachers, and make
them feel sad ; Leteach ask himself, Shall that troubler be I?
And answer, O no ; to avoid it I'll try. 5 Then let us now go, with one heart and
one mind, Along with our teachers, who aim at our
good ; Oft telling us truly sin's hated by God, Yet telling us also that Christ shed His
blood. 366 Removal of a Teacher.
L.M. 1 LORD, in Thy mercy condescend
To richly bless our valued friend ;
Attend him to a distant sphere.