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2 Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear;

The upward glancing of an eye
When none but God is near.

3 Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try;

Prayer the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.

4 Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
The Christian's native air,

His watchword at the gate of death —
He enters heaven with prayer.

5 Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice
Returning from his ways,

While angels in their songs rejoice,
And say, "Behold, he prays."

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WHAT various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy-seat!

L. M.

Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there?

2 Prayer makes the darken'd cloud withdraw,
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw,
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings ev'ry blessing from above.

3 Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the Christian's armor bright;
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

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L. M.

AROM ev'ry stormy wind that blows,
From ev'ry swelling tide of woes,
There is a calm, a sure retreat,
'Tis found beneath the mercy-seat.

2 There is a place where Jesus sheds
The oil of gladness on our heads,
A place than all besides more sweet;
It is the blood-bought mercy-seat.

3 There is a scene where spirits blend,
Where friend holds fellowship with friend,
Though sunder'd far, by faith they meet
Around one common mercy-seat.

4 Ah! whither could we flee for aid,
When tempted, desolate, dismay'd;
Or how the host of hell defeat,
Had suff'ring saints no mercy-seat?

5 There, there, on eagle wing we soar,
And sin and sense seem all no more,
And heaven comes down our souls to greet,
And glory crowns the mercy-seat!

6 Oh, let my hand forget her skill,
My tongue be silent, cold and still,
This bounding heart forget to beat,
If I forget the mercy-seat.

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YOME, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish, Come, at the mercy-seat fervently kneel: Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;

Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal.

2 Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying, Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure, Here speaks the Comforter, in mercy saying, Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot care.

3 Here see the Bread of Life; see waters flowing Forth from the throne of God, boundless in love;

Come to the feast prepared; come, ever knowing Earth has its sorrows, but Heaven can remove


C. M.

APPROACH, my soul, the mercy-seat,

Where Jesus answers prayer;

There humbly fall before His feet,
For none can perish there.

2 Thy promise is my only plea;
With this I venture nigh;

Thou callest burden'd souls to Thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.

3 Bow'd down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely press'd,
By war without, and fear within,
I come to Thee for rest.

4 Be Thou my shield and hiding-place;
That, shelter'd near Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him, "Thou hast died.”

5 Oh, wondrous love, to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious name.

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HE Lord, who truly knows
The heart of ev'ry saint,
Invites us by His holy word
To pray and never faint.

2 He bows His gracious ear;
We never plead in vain;
Yet we must wait till He appear,
And pray, and pray again.

3 Though unbelief suggest,

Why should we longer wait?
He bids us never give Him rest,
But be importunate.

4 'Twas thus a widow poor,
Without support or friend,
Beset the unjust judge's door,
And gain'd at last her end.

5 And shall not Jesus hear

S. M.

His children when they cry?
Yes, though He may awhile forbear,
He'll not their suit deny.

6 Then let us earnest be,

And never faint in prayer;

He loves our importunity,

And makes our cause His care.




C. M.


Y God, I love Thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby;

Nor yet because if I love not

I must forever die.

2 Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me
Upon the Cross embrace;

For me didst bear the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace.

3 And griefs and torments numberless,
And sweat of agony;

Even death itself


and all for one

Who was Thine enemy.

4 Then why, O blesséd Jesus Christ!
Should I not love Thee well?

Not for the sake of winning heav'n,
Or of escaping hell.

5 Not with the hope of gaining aught;
Not seeking a reward;

But as Thyself hast lovéd me,
O ever-loving Lord!

6 E'en so I love Thee, and will love,
And in Thy praise will sing;
Solely because Thou art my God,
And my eternal King.

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