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2The church submits to Christ,her Lord; T. 22,
Thy will be done,” we pray: THOUBridegroom of the soul! behold This teacheth wives, who love God's This part of thy beloved fold;
With meekness to obey; [word Thy virgins, who before thee met
Adorned with humility Here to perceive thy presence wait. They aid their husbands willingly; 2 Give us, O Lord, to feel thy peace, Are clothed with the beauteous dress And let the sanctifying grace Of Jesus' righteousness. Which flows from thy humanity,
T. 590. Make us well-pleasing unto thee.
WE humbly thee adore, O Lord, 3 O may we feel thy healing pow'r
For thy unbounded grace; And influence, eviry day and hour ;
Astonish’d, in thy sacred word Thus all thy mercies which we prove,
Thy love divine we trace: Will us excite to praise and love.
Thou hast the church in love redeem'd,
Thou gav'st thyself for us; F. For married People. We know we are by thee 'esteem'd, 844. T. 22.
When we behold thy cross. LORD, who ordain'dst the married
2 Grant unto ev'ry married pair,
By chaste unfeigned love, state, When thou didst man at first create,
By meekness, patience, faith and pray'r,
And all we do to prove,
That we, united unto thee,
Are truly one in heart;
847. 'T. 580.
To marry, led by fleshly schemes, 3 Unto the wives that grace dispense, And poison’d nature's foolish dreams, To cleave to thee with confidence,
Christians a curse esteem ;
They wish to marry in the Lord,
Direct their marriage by his word, 4 Wisdom and faithfulness afford, And in this state to live to him. To train our children, gracious Lord,
848. T. 166. That in thy knowledge they may grow. To be a happy married pair, Themselves & theetheir Saviour know.
Approv'd by Jesus in their course, 5 Lord Jesus! may each married pair Comes not from nature e'er so fair, In all their walk thy praise declare; But love to him must be the source; O may their rule in all things be,
Good'sense and prudence, with a mind The union of thy church with thee. To lead a virtuous life, is far
From answering God's purpose kind, 845.
For which we all ordained are, THE love which Jesus Christ displays 2 His Spirit teachęth us to know, Towards the church, his bride,
That we are sinners vile and base, None can describe, it far outweighs
And Jesus doth on as bestow All other love beside :
Remission of our sins, thro'
grace; Believing husbands are to prove, Thus we in all things richly prove By holy and unfeigned love
The Shepherd's care, and faithfulness, Towards their wives, that they indeed And, actuated by his love, (praise. Resemble Christ our Head.
In our whole walk show forth his
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.: 852. * O MAY our married state,
LOOK on ev'ry married pair, In duties small and great,
Jesus! with compassion, In relations far and near,
Grant that each may richly share
In thy great salvation.
2 Be thou with us, then indeed,
We shall lack no blessing, 2 May we, by Jesus' love
But with thee, O Christ, proceed, Constrained, clearly prove,
To meet joys unceasing. That we are his flock indeed,
Living branches in the Vine, 3 O may we in all we do Heav'nly plants, a holy seed,
Follow thy direction; Lights who in Christ's image shine! We commend ourselves anew
To thy kind protection. 850.
4 Let our children, gracious Lord, HEAD of thy blest congregation,
Share with us thy favor, Look on ev'ry married pair,
Grant they may be a reward Be our strength and our salvation,
Of thy death for ever. Keep us from all needless care. 2 For our sake, most gracious Saviour,
853. T. 22. Thou thy life and blood hast spent ; May we now in our behavior
O LORD, who number'st all our days, Thee and thy church represent. Who guardest us in all our ways, 3 No spoil'd creature had been able In whom we live, and move, and are, E’er to guide his steps aright
Who know'st our wants, and hearest In this state so venerable,
pray'r; Or to act as in thy sight;
2 To this thy handmaid grant thy peace, 4 Hadst thou not life and salvation Who comes to offer thanks and praise
By thy suff'rings for us gain'd, To thee, her faithful cov'nant-God, And thereby sanctification
For the support thou hast bestowd. For the married state obtain'd.
3 Thy pow'rful aid thou, gracious Lord, 5 Bless, O Lord, thy married people, In travail didst to her afford;
In thy blood, 0 wash us clean; Her sorrows now are turn’d to praise, Help us, for we're weak and feeble, Her sighs and tears to grateful lays. And preserve us from all sin,
4 O Shepherd of thy chosen sheep!
Both child and mother bless and keep, 851. T. 114.
May they enjoy in their degree HEAD of thy church! thy fatherly The fruits of thy humanity.
correction We have deserv'd: but pardon now
5 Endow the parents with thy love, impart,
And give them wisdom from above Give each of us a clean and docile heart;
To educate this child for thee, O grant that we may weigh with due As thy redeemed property. reflection
6 Grant us, and all our children, grace, The duties of the holy married state
So here on earth to run our race, While we 'for thy instruction humbly That we in heav'n may meet, and sing wait.
Eternal praise to thee, our King.
854. T. 581. Kind Shepherd, take each little lamb PARENTS, weigh before the Lord
Into thy faithful arms of love ;
Cause them to know thy saving name, The importance of your state;
And thy redeeming grace to prove. Learn from his most holy word, Your whole walk to regulate,
2 On us, their parents, grace bestow, That each to his family
That with care and faithfulness, May a blessed pattern be!
May lead them thee, our Lord to know, 2 All your children are his own,
T' obey thy word, and seek thy face.
To love each other heartily,
Our children so to educate
That they may love and follow thee, « Suffer them to come to me !"
856. T. 83. 3 Tis by you they should be led In the way that leads to bliss;
IN this world, so full of snares, Grace is not inherited
Take our children in thy keeping; As a worldly fortune is,
Hear the parents' sighs and pray’rs, 'Tis free mercy, we must own,
When for them before thee weeping; And the gift of God alone.
Mercy for our children we,
Gracious Lord, implore of thee. 4. In this vain and wretched world Children are expos'd and try'd;
857. T. 586. Many are to ruin hurld, Few in Jesus Christ abide ;
MOST holy Lord, mankind's Creator, And no human prudence can
Who, to redeem us by thy death, Save the soul of fallen mạn.
Assumedst feeble human nature, 5 Here's a task, may parents think,
We call on thee in humble faith; Far beyond the reach of art;
O hear our fervent supplication,
Let all our children thy salvation,
Thy tender love and care,
For thine they are. Hear your pray’rs, and grant success. 6 Hear, O Lord, a parent's pray'r,
Let my tears prevail 'fore thee!
G. For Widowers.
858. T. 22. Lest my duty I neglect.
IN God, the mighty Lord of hosts, 7. In thy grace my children keep,
A happy wid'wer gladly boasts ; That when once, on that great day, No trials need oppress the mind, Thou shalt come to seek thy sheep, For we in Christ may comfort find. I
may gladly to thee say: “ Here am I, thro' mercy free,
2 Whene'er by faith our Lord we see And each child thou gavest me!"
Clothed with frail humanity,
Bearing our griefs and sicknesses, 855. T. 166.
This doth alleviate all distress, OUR children, gracious Lord and God, 3 He is our Saviour and High-Priest,
With fervor we to thee commend, Who, when we suffer in the least, Thou hast redeem'd them by thy blood; Sustains us by his pow'r and grace,
They are by thee to bliss ordain'd. And in each hard and trying case,
4 Yea, he supports us ev'ry day,
862. T. 112 He is our comfort, Help and Stay ; We'll trust his boundless love and pow'r
ON our God we will rely; Until our happy dying hour.
Boldly unto him draw nigh;
And the Lord our Righteousness
Both with hearts and voices bless, JESUS, accept the thanks and praise, 2 We can from experience trace, We wid'wers offer for the grace That, in ev'ry trying case, Which thou so richly hast display'd Jesus truly can impart Unto us, as the church's Head. Joy and comfort to the heart. 2 Grant that we all, with heart and 3 May we fix the eye of faith voice,
On our Lord's atoning death,
See our Saviour as he is.
Tis true the lonely widow'd state 5 Then, at the end of all distress, We shall depart to thee in peace:
With various trials is replete, Meanwhile thy coming we await,
But Christ, the widow's faithful Friend, Like Simeon, ready thee to meet.
Will guide us safely to the end.
2 He saith to us repeatedly: 860. T. 14.
“ Cast all your burden upon me,
For I in all things kindly care JESUS, our Helper in all need,
For you, and in your troubles share." And comfort in distress, Thou art the wid’wer's only Stay
3 Therefore whate'er our trials be, And Hope in loneliness.
Or weaknesses, or poverty,
Sickness of body, soul's distress, 2 A foretaste of eternal joys, Or sorrows which we can't express;
O Lord, to us dispense,
4 Our comfort is, he knows and feels
Whate'er his needy children ails; Till we are called hence.
He sympathizeth with the weak, 861. ' T. 167.
Relieves the poor, and heals the sick. THEY who for true consolation,
5 He graciously regards our pray'rs,
And counteth all our sighs and tears; Like old Simeon, humbly wait,
Afflictions, whether small or great, Shall behold the Lord's salvation,
His comforts can alleviate. Then their joy will be complete, May we follow his example, 6 Might we, like Anna persevere,
Trusting in God's promises, By day and night, in constant pray't, Wait for Jesus in his temple, And thus for his appearing wait,
Daily offer pray'r and praise. In joyful hope the Lord to meet.
His care and faithfulness
We prove in ev'ry case.
2 The feeble he makes strong, To him we may our refuge take,
With us he beareth long, 1 And on his care and faithfulness Our whole dependence firmly place.
On him the weak can lean,
The youthful he keeps clean; 2 A widow, who her son belov'd Each
in him confide With tears bemoan'd, his pity mov'd; Whate'er
them betide. His mother he did recommend, When on
cross, to John, his friend. 3 Widows are objects of his care,
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Be in our husbands' place,
Widows to be indeed. The next, to serve his people here. 5 Till we, who here must often
weep, In heav'n eternal joys shall reap;
868. T. 121. Till he shall say to us, “ Ye blest, BEHOLD us widows here, Enter into my joy and rest."
Lord Jesus, hear our pray'r :
Fill our hearts with gladness,
O wipe away each tear,
Dispelling all our sadness;
us, we are thine. Thou on us thy life didst spend; Thou with more than husband's love
869. T. 184. dost lead us,
[us; $ Thy all-bounteous hand doth daily feed THOU art our comfort in all cases, All our wants thou dost supply;
Jesus, to thee O may we cleave! Thus our cruise is never dry. For all thy mercies give thee praises, 2 Thou hast promis'd for our con- In happy union with thee live! solation,
Whene'er we call, thou, Lord, wilt
Yea for that awful time prepare us,
The poor are objects of thy love, Then our bliss will be complete. Thou on the weakly hast compassion,
Thy sure support the aged prove: 866.
Thou helpest us in our distresses, CHRIST is the widow's Friend, Suppliest kindly all our wants ; Our cause he doth defend,
We'll cast each burden that oppresses All our complaints he hears,
On thee, who hearest our conAnd listens to our pray’rs,