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To-day he rose and left the dead,

And Satan's empire fell;
To-day the saints his triumph spread,

And all his wonders tell.

Hosanna to th' anointed King,

To David's holy Son!
Help us, O Lord ! descend, and bring

Salvation from thy throne.

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Blest is the Lord, who comes to men
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grace; Who comes in God his Father's name,

To save our sinful race,

Hosanna in the highest strains

The church on earth can raise ; The highest heav'ns, in which he reigns,

Shall give him nobler praise. ;!.!.

90. .Sabbath. TO-DAY God bids the faithful rest,

To-day he show'rs his grace; • Seek ye my face,' the Lord hath said:

Lord, we will seek thy 'face.

Come, let us leave the things of earth,

With God's assembly join;
Lo! heay'n descends to welcome man

To taste the things divine!

We come, dear Saviour; lo ! we come,

Lord of our life and soul;
We come diseas'd, and faint, and sick;

Be pleas'd to make us whole.
O may we please our God to-day,

May that be all our care !
Give, Lord, thy.grace, lest evil thoughts

Should mingle in our pray’r.
Amidst th' assembly of thy saints

Let us be faithful found;
And let us join in humble pray'r,

And in thy praise abound.
Let thy good Spirit help our souls

With faith thy word to hear;
Be with us in thy temple, Lord,

And let us find thee near.

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91. - Easter Day. The Sun of Righteousness appears,

To set in blood no more: Adore the scatt’rer of your fears,

Your rising Sun adore !
The saints, when he resign'd his breath,

Unclos'd their sleeping eyes;
He breaks again, the bands of death,
Again the dead arise!


Alone the dreadful race he ran,

Alone the wine-press trod; He dy'd and suffer'd as a man:

He rises as a God! In vain the stone, the watch, the seal,

Forbid an early rise, To him who breaks the gates of hell,

And opens Paradise,

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Yes, the Redeemer rose;
The Saviour left the dead ;
And o'er our hellish foes
High rais'd his conquering head:

In wild dismay
The guards around
Fall to the ground,
And sink

Lo! the angelic bands
In full assembly meet,
To wait his high commands,
And worship at his feet;

Joyful they come,
And wing their way
From realms of day

To Jesus' tomb.
Then back to heav'n they fly,
The joyful news to bear:

One day amidst the place

Where my dear God hath been,
Is sweeter than ten thousand days

Of pleasurable sin.
My willing soul would stay

In such a frame as this,
And sit and sing herself away

To everlasting bliss.

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Christ our Wisdom, &c.

Bury'd in shadows of the night,
We lie 'till Christ restores the light';
Wisdom descends to heal the blind,
And chase the darkness of the mind.

Our guilty souls are drown'd in tears,
'Till his atoning blood appears:
Then we awake from deep distress,
And sing, The Lord our righteousness!


frame is mix'd with sin :
His Spirit makes our nature clean!
Such virtues from his suff'rings flow,
At once to cleanse and pardon too.

Jesus beholds where Satan reigns,
Binding his slaves in heavy chains:
He sets the pris’ners free, and breaks
The iron bondage from our neckş.

Poor helpless worms in thee possess
Grace, wisdom, pow'r, and righteousness;
Thou art our mighty all, and we
Give our whole selves, O Lord, to thee.

96. Christ All in All.

Holy Jesus, lovely Lamb,
Thine, and only thine, I am ;
Take my body, spirit, soul,
Only thou possess the whole.

Thou my one thing needful be,
Let me ever cleave to thee;
Let me choose the better part,
Let me give thee all my heart.

Fairer than the sons of men,
Do not tet me turn again,

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