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870. T. 168. MIDST the trials we experience, Let us not give way to fears, But possess our souls in patience,
While here in this vale of tears; Wean'd thereby from things terrestrial, Let us look for joys celestial, Waiting for that time, when we From all sorrow shall be free.
2 Meanwhile God the holy Spirit Is our pledge of joys to come, Of the bliss we shall inherit
When above with Christ at home; O! this blessed meditation Yields us solid consolation, That we shall, when time is o'er, With the Lord be evermore!
XXXVII. Hymns for sundry Occasions.
A. For the New Year.
YEAR after year commenceth,
And as our life advanceth
We, strength from Christ deriving,
Each year by faith are thriving.
2 As, in tempestuous weather,
A kind and tender mother
Her babe from harm protecteth,
And safely home conducteth;
3 So shelters Christ our Saviour
His children by his favor,
And proves in each temptation
Their refuge and salvation.
4 Lord, grant thy benediction
To ev'ry thought and action;
On youth and age declining,
Thou Sun of grace be shining.
5 O keep our souls and senses
Under the influences
Of thy most holy Spirit,
Until we heav'n inherit.
6 O God of our salvation,
Withhold no kind donation
From us, but let us savor
In this new year thy favor.
And swift my passing moments run,
The few that yet remain.
3 Now a new scene of time begins,
Pursue the way to heav'n;
Seek pardon of thy former sins,
By Christ it will be giv'n.
4 Devoutly yield thyself to God,
And on his grace depend;
Unweary'd walk the heav'nly road,
Nor doubt a happy end.
WHO can rehearse,most gracious Lord,
The mercy which thou dost afford
Unto thy people ev'ry year?
We thy poor congregation here [more,
Desire to thank and praise thee ever-
And humbly in the dust thy name adore.
2 For we, unworthy as we are,
Enjoy'd the faithful Shepherd's care;
Thou always comfort didst impart
To ev'ry needy contrite heart;
Thou didst to us thy dying love display,
And wast our help and refuge ev'ry day.
3 The hearing of thy precious word,
Thy gracious presence, holy Lord,
Have cheer'd our hearts abundantly,
When met in fellowship 'fore thee:
But, O what blessings were on us be-
When we enjoy'd thy body and thy
4 Lord Jesus we would fain express
To thee our cordial thankfulness,
For all thy boundless love and grace;
But how imperfect are our lays! [give,
O take our hearts, to thee ourselves we
In future more unto thy praise to live.
Accept our thanks for all thy favor,
Bestow'd on us these many years; We conscious are of our transgression, Ah! cleanse us with thy precious blood,
Seal with thy pardon our confession, Thine are we, and thou art our God.
2 Thou God of mercy! thy salvation Remain'd throughout this year our stay;
Thy care of us, thy congregation,
Was manifested ev'ry day;
Yea, even trials and affliction
Proy'd thee our gracious God and
In all we felt thy benediction:
Thee, we now praise with one accord!
3 Ogracious Lord, thy name be blessed By us, for all thy proofs of grace! For all the gifts by us possessed.
In childhood and in youth His eye was on us still; Tho' strangers to his love and truth, And prone to cross his will.
6 E'er since his name we knew,
How gracious hath he been! What dangers hath he led us thro', What mercies have we seen! 7 Now thro' another year
Supported by his care, We raise our *Ebenezer here, "The Lord hath help'd thus far.” 8 Our lot in future years
We cannot, Lord, foresee, But kindly, to prevent our fears, Thou say'st, "Leave all to me." 9 Yea, Lord, we wish to cast
Our cares upon thy breast; Help us to praise thee for the past, And trust thee for the rest.
Thoucrownest all our years and days. B. Morning and Evening
Tho' we with deep humiliation
Own, that we basely thee requite:
Yet will we joy in thy salvation,
Thou art our Lord, and Help, and
AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and early rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.
2 Thy former mispent time redeem,
Each present day thy last esteem;
Thy talents to improve take care,
For the great day thyself prepare.
3 Thy conversation be sincere,
Thy conscience as the noon-day clear;
For God's all-seeing eye surveys
Thy secret thoughts, thy works and
4 Glory to God, who safe hath kept, And hath refresh'd me while I slept! Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake,
I may of heav'nly bliss partake.
5 Direct, control, suggest this day,
All I design, or do, or say;
That all my pow'rs, with all their might,
In thy sole glory may unite.
6 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
Praise him, all creatures here below! Praise him above, ye heav'nly host! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! 878.*
MY soul, awake and render
To God thy great Defender
Thy pray'r and adoration
For his kind preservation.
2 With joy I still discover
Thy light, O Lord my Saviour!
My thanks shall be the spices
Of morning sacrifices.
3 Bless me this day, Lord Jesus,
And be to me propitious,
Grant me thy kind protection
From ev'ry sin's infection.
4 Bless ev'ry thought and action;
Afford me thy direction;
To thee alone be tending
Beginning, middle, ending,
5 Be thou my only treasure,
Fulfil in me thy pleasure,
May I in ev'ry station,
Give thee due adoration.
BE with me, Lord, where'er I go, [do; Teach me what thou wouldst have me Suggest whate'er I think this day, Direct me in the narrow way.
|2 Prevent me lest I harbor pride,
Lest I in mine own strength confied;
Show me my weakness, let me see
I have my pow'r, my all, from thee.
3 Enrich me always with thy love,
My kind Protector ever prove;
Lord, put thy seal upon my breast,
And let thy Spirit on me rest.
4 Assist and teach me how to pray,
Incline my nature to obey;
What thou abhorrest, let me flee,
And only love what pleaseth thee.
TEACH me, my God and King, In all things thee to view; And what I do in any thing,
For thee alone to do.
2 To scorn the senses' sway,
While still to thee I tend;
In all I do be thou the way,
In all be thou the end.
3 All may of thee partake;
Nothing so small can be,
But draws, when acted for thy sake,
Greatness and worth from thee.
4 If done t' obey thy laws,
Ev'n servile labors shine; Hallow'd is toil, if this the cause, The meanest work divine.
THAT favor grant to us, O Lord,
That we maintain our part in thee,
Unto thy voice attentive be,
And seek instruction in thy word.
2 Tho' often of encumb'ring care,
With busy Martha, we complain;
Yet, gracious Lord, we wish to gain
In Mary's happy lot a share.
882.* T. 79. MAY Jesus' grace and blessing Attend me without ceasing:
Thus I stretch out my hand, And do that work with pleasure, Which, in my call and measure,
My God for me to do ordaind
GOD, omnipotent Creator,
Who mad'st all things by thy might,
Rulest ev'ry thing in nature,
And commandest day and night,
Who the universe so wide
By thy pow'r alone dost guide:
2 Let my life and conversation
Be directed by thy word!
Lord, thy constant preservation
To thy erring child afford:
No where but alone in thee
From all harm can I be free.
3 Lord, my body, soul, and spirit,
Keep in thine almighty hand;
Strengthen'd by thy pow'rful merit,
Let me follow thy command:
Thou my glory and renown,
I would fain be all thy own,
884. T. 580.
O GOD, my gracious God, to thee,
My morning pray'r shall offer'd be,
my soul doth pant;
To me th' enjoyment of thy love
Than life itself doth dearer prove;
Renewed strength from thee I want.
2 Thou, Lord, art present to my mind,
When I lie down sweet sleep to find,
And when I wake at night:
Since thy arm to me succor brings,
Beneath the shadow of thy wings
I rest with safety and delight.
MY God, the spring of all my joys,
The life of my delights;
The glory of my brightest days,
And comfort of my nights!
2 In darkest shades if thou appear,
My dawning is begun:
Thou art my soul's bright Morning-star,
And thou my rising Sun.
3 The op'ning heav'ns around me shine
With beams of sacred bliss,
When Jesus shows his mercies mine,
And whispers I am his.
O JESUS, may our whole behavior
Rejoice thine heart and please thine
In thy communion, gracious Saviour,
May we retire to rest, and rise;
Be present with us constantly,
Then shall we sleep, and wake, to thee.
889.* T. 580.
IN lying down to take my rest,
In rising, and in being drest,
In all I think or do,
In eating, drinking, on the way,
In sickness, and in health, I pray,
Thy blessing, Lord, on me bestow.
LORD Jesus, thro' all temp❜ral varia
tion, Thy loving kindness be my consolation, By night and day, whene'er I rest am taking, Or when I'm waking.
3 Where'er I thee this day did grieve
O Lord, me graciously forgive;
And, with a mind from trouble freed,
Let me sleep in thy peace indeed.
For all the blessings of the light; ALL praise to thee, my God, this night, Under thy own almighty wings. Keep me, oh keep me, King of kings,
2 Lord, for the sake of thy dear Son, Forgive the ill that I have done, That with the world, myself, and thee, I, ere I sleep, at peace may be. 3 Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed; Teach me to die, that so I may Triumphant rise at the last day. 4 O may my soul on thee repose, And may sweet sleep my eye-lids close,
2 This night my longing soul with Sleep that may me more vig'rous make
Would take up her abode,
I gladly would myself divest
Of ev'ry thing but God.
3 The nightly watches would I spend
In fellowship above;
Would hold communion with my Lord,
And feast upon his love.
4 Dead to the world when I'm asleep,
I'd be alive to God;
My soul would rest at peace with him
Who bought me with his blood.
5 O may I then of Christ this night
Be happily possest,
With holy angels round my bed,
And Jesus for my Guest.
THE hours' decline and setting sun
Show, that my course this day is run;
The ev'ning shade and silent night
My weary limbs to rest invite.
2 I now my soul and frail abode
Humbly commit to Israel's God,
To him who slumbers not nor sleeps,
And who his own in safety keeps.
To serve my God when I awake.
5 When in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heav'nly thoughts supply;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
No pow'rs of darkness me molest.