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Oh! that each, in the day
Of his coming, may say,

“I have fought my way through
I have finished the work which thou gav'st me to

Oh! that eaclı, from his Lord,
May receive the glad word,-

“ Well and faithfully done!
Enter into my joy, and sit down on my throne !"

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HYMN 602, L. M.

The changing Seasons.
1 REAT God! let all our tuneful powers

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Thy land revolves our circling hours,

Thy hand, from which our being came. mf 2 Seasons and moons, still rolling round

In beauteons order, speak thy praise:
And years, with smiling mercy crowned,

To thee successive lionors raise.
3 To thee we raise the annual song,

To thee the grateful tribute give;
Our God doth still our years prolong,

And, midst unnumbered deaths, we live.
4 Our life, our health, our friends, we owe

All to thy vast, unbounded love;
Ten thousand precious gifts below,

And liope of nobler joys above.
5 Thus will we sing, till nature cease,

Till sense and language are no more,
And, after death, thy boundless grace,

Through everlasting years, adore.

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HYMN 603, C. M.

New Year : Providential Goodness.
1 COD of our lives! thiy various praise

U Our voices shall resound :
Thy hand directs our fleeting days,

And brings the seasons round.
2 To thee shall grateful songs arise,

Our Father and our Friend!
Whose constant mercies, from the skies;

In genial streams descend.

3 In every scene of life, thy care,

In every age, we see;
And, constant as thy favors are,

So let our praises be.
4 Still may thy love, in every scene,

In every age, appear;
And let the same companions deign

To bless the opening year.
6 If mercy smile, let mercy bring

Our wandering souls to God;
In our affliction, we shall sing,

It thou wilt bless the rod.

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HYMN 604, L. M.

New Year : God, our Helper.
IR helper, God! we bless thy name,

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The tokens of thy gracious care

Open, and crown, and close the year.
2 Amid ten thousand snares we stand,

Supported by thy guardian hand;
And see, when we review our ways,

Ten thousand monuments of praise. mf 3 Thus far thine arm has led us on;

Thus far we make thy mercy known;
And, while we tread this desert land,

New mercies shall new songs demand. mf 4 Our grateful souls, on Jordan's shore,

Shall raise one sacred pillar more ;
Then bear, in thy bright courts above,
Inscriptions of immortal love.

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HYMN 605, C. M. 605

New Year : Prayer for a Blessing.
i Now, gracious Lord ! thine arm reveal,

And make
Now let us all thy presence feel,

And soften hearts of stone.
2 From all the guilt of former sin,

May mercy set us free;
And let this year, we now begin,

Begin and end with thee.

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3 Send down thy Spirit from above,

That saints may love thee more;
And sinners now may learn to love,

Who never loved before.
4 And, wlien before thee we appear,

In our eternal liome,
May growing numbers worship here,

Aud praise thee in our room.

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HYMN 606, L. M. 606

A Song for the cpening Year.
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REAT God! we sing that mighty hand,

By wliich supported still we stand;
The opening year thy mercy slows,-

Let mercy crown it till it close.
2 By day, by night-at home, abroad,

Still we are guarded by our God;
By his incessant bounty fed,

By his unerring counsel led.
3 With grateful hearts the past we own;

The future-all to us unknown

We to thy guardian care commit, тр And peaceful leave before thy feet.

4 In scenes exalted or depressed,

Be thou our joy, and thou our rest;

Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise, my Adored, through all our changing days. P

Õ When death shall close our earthly songs,

And seal, in silence, mortal tongues,
Our helper,

in whom we trust, Shall keep our souls, and guard our dust.

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HYMN 607, 78. 607

The opening Year.
1 PLESS, O Lord! the opening year,

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Clothe thy word with power divine,

Make us willing to be thine.
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Give new strength the race to run;
Scatter darkness, doubts, and fears,
Wipe away the mourner's tears.

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Let our whole assembly prove

All thy power and all thy love. 608

HYMN 608, 75 and 6s.

A Winter's Day. mp 1

IME is winging us away,

To our eternal home;

Life is but a winter's day,
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A journey to the tomb;
Youth and vigor soon will flee,

Blooming beauty lose its charms; тр

All that's mortal soon will be >

Enclosed in death's cold arms.
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2 Time is winging us away

To our eternal home;
Life is but a winter's day,

A journey to the tomb: my

But the Christian shall enjoy

Health and beanty soon above;
Far beyond the world's alloy--
Secure in Jesus' love.

HYMN 609, C. M., Double. 609

Spring of the Year. dol 1 CHILE beanty clothes the fertile vale,

And blossoms on the spray,
And fragrance breathes in every gale,

How sweet the vernal day! mf Hark! how the feathered warblers sing!

'Tis nature's cheerful voice;

Soft music hails the lovely spring, mf

And woods and fields rejoice. dol 2 How kind the influence of the skies,

While showers, with blessing fraught,
Bid verdure, beauty, fragrance, rise,

And fix the roving thought!
Oh! let my wandering heart confess,

With gratitude and love,
The bounteous hand that deigns to bless,

Each smiling field and grove.
3 That hand, in this hard heart of mine,

Can bid each virtue live;

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While gentle showers of grace divine

Life, beauty, fragrance give:
O God of nature, God of grace !

Thy heavenly gifts impart,
And bid sweet meditation trace
Spring blooming in my heart.

HYMN 610, S. M. D. 610

The Spring
1 WEET is the time of spring,

When nature's charms appear;
The birds with ceaseless pleasure sing,

And hail the opening year :
But sweeter far, the spring

Of wisdom and of grace,
When children bless and praise their King,

Who loves the youthful race.
2 Sweet is the dawn of day,

When light just streaks the sky;
When shades and darkness pass away,

And morning's beams are nigh:
But sweeter far, the dawn

Of piety in youth,
When doubt and darkness are withdrawn,

Before the light of truth. dol 3 Sweet is the early dew,

Which gilds the mountains' tops,
And decks each plant and flower we view,

With pearly glittering drops:
But sweeter far, the scene

On Zion's holy hill,
When there the dew of youth is seen
Its freshness to distill.

HYMN 60, 78. 611

Spring, natural and spiritual.
1
PLEASING spring again is here ;

Trees and fields in bloom appear ;
Hark! the birds, with artless lays,

Warble their Creator's praise.
2 Lord! afford a spring to me;

Let me feel like what I see :

Ah! iny winter has been long; —
P Chilled my hopes, suppressed my song.

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