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XXII.
PUBLIC WORSHIP.

HYMN 358. C. M. 1. How did my heart rejoice, to hear

My friends devoutly say: “ In Zion let us all appear,

“ And keep the solemn day."
2. I love her gates, I love the road :

The church, adorn'd with grace,
Stands like a palace built for God,

To show his milder face.
3. Peace be within this sacred place,

And joy a constant guest!
With holy gifts and heav’nly grace

Be her attendants blest!
4. My soul shall pray for Zion still,

While life or breath remains.
There my best friends, my kindred dwell;
There God, my Saviour, reigns.

HYMN 359. s. M. 1. I love thy Zion, Lord !

The house of thine abode;
The church, O blest Redeemer! say'd

With thy own precious blood, 2. I love thy church, O God!

Her walls before thee stand,
Dear as the apple of thine eye,

And graven on thy hand, 3. If e'er to bless thy sons

My voice or hands deny:
These hands let useful skill forsake,

This voice in silence die. 4. If e'er my heart forget

Her welfare or her wo:
Let ev'ry joy this heart forsake,

And ev'ry grief o'erflow,

5. For her my tears shall fall;

For her my pray’rs ascend ;
To her my cares and toils be giv’n,

'Till toils and cares shall end. 6. Beyond my highest joy

I prize her heav'nly ways,
Her sweet communion, solemn vows,
Her hymns of love and praise.

HYMN 360. C. M. 1. AWAKE, ye saints, to praise your King,

Your sweetest passions raise; Your pious pleasures, while you sing,

Increasing with the praise.
2. Great is the Lord, and works unknown

Are his divine employ:
But still his saints are near his throne,

His treasure and his joy.
3. O Zion, trust the living God;

Serve him with faith and fear:
He makes thy courts his blest abode,
And claims thine honours here,

HYMN 361. L. M.
1.
COME, let our voices join to raise

A sacred song of solemn praise.
God is a sov’reign King: rehearse

His honours in exalted verse.
2. Come, let our souls address the Lord,

Who fram'd our natures with his word,
He is the Shepherd; we the sheep

His mercy chose, his pastures keep.
3. Seize the kind promise, while it waits,

And march to Zion's heav'nly gates.
Believe, and take the promis'd rest;
Obey, and be for ever blest.

HYMN 362. L. M.
HAPPY the men, whom strength divine

With ardent love and zeal inspires ! Whose steps to thy blest way incline,

With willing hearts and warm desires.

2. One day within thy sacred gate

Affords more real joy to me,
Than thousands in the tents of state;

The meanest place is bliss with thee. 3. God is a sun! our brightest day

From his reviving presence flows. God is a shield, through all the way,

To guard us from surrounding foes. 4.0 Lord of hosts, thou God of grace!

How blest, divinely blest is he, Who trusts thy love, and seeks thy face, And fixes all his hopes on thee!

HYMN 363. P. M.
1. LORD of the worlds above,

How pleasant and how fair,
The dwellings of thy love,
Thine earthly temples are !

To thine abode
My heart aspires,
With warm desires

To see my God.
2.0 happy souls that pray

Where God appoints to hear !
O happy men that pay
Their constant service there!

They praise thee still;
And happy they,
Who love the way

To Zion's hill.
3. They go from strength to strength,

Through this dark vale of tears;
'Till each arrives at length,
"Till each in heav'n appears:

O glorious seat,
When God our King
Shall thither bring

Our willing feet!

HYMN 364. P. M.
1.
GREAT Father of mankind!

We bless that wondrous grace,

Which conld for Gentiles find
Within thy courts a place.

How kind the care
Our God displays,
For us to raise

A house of pray'r!
2. To thee ourselves we join,

And love thy sacred name;
No more our own, but thine,
We triumph in thy claim.

Our Father-king,
'Thy cov'nant-grace
Our souls embrace,

Thy titles sing
3. May all the nations throng

To worship in thy house ;
And thou attend the song,
And smile upon their vows,

Indulgent still,
'Till earth conspire
To join the choir

On Zion's hill.

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HYMN 365. C. M,
THE Lord in Zion plac'd his name,

His ark was settled there;
To Zion the whole nation came

To worship thrice a year. 2. But we have no such lengths to go,

Nor wander far abroad;
Where'er thy saints assemble now,

There is a house for God. 3. Here, mighty God! accept our vows;

Here let thy praise be spread.
Bless the provisions of thy house,

And fill thy poor with bread. 4. Here let the son of David reign,

Let, God's anointed shine ;
Justice and truth his court maintain,
With love and pow'r divine,

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HYMN 366. L. M. 1. LORD! is a pleasant thing to stand

In gardens planted by thy hand. Let me within thy courts be seen,

Like a young cedar, fresh and green.
2. There grow thy saints in faith and love,

Blest with thine influ’nce from above :
Not Lebanon, with all its trees,

Yields such a comely sight as these. 3. The plants of grace shall ever live;

Nature decays, but grace must thrive;
Time, that doth all things else impair,

Shall make them flourish strong and fair. 4. Laden with fruits of age, they show,

The Lord is holy, just, and true.
None, that attend his courts shall find
A God unfaithful or unkind.

HYMN 867. c. M. 1. WHEREWITH shall I approach the Lord, Oh! how procure his kind regard,

And for my guilt atone ;
2. Shall altars flame, and victims bleed,

And spicy fumes ascend?
Will these my earnest wish succeed,

And make my God my friend ?
3. O no, my soul!''twere fruitless all;

Such offerings are vain :
No fatlings from the field or stall

His favour can obtain.
4. To men their rights I must allow,

And proofs of kindness give;
To God with humble rev'rence bow,

And to his glory live.
5. Hands that are clean, and hearts sincere,

He never will despise ;
And cheerful duty he'll prefer

To costly sacrifice.

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