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4. And when the awful message comes,
To call their souls away;
May they be found prepar'd to live
In realms of endless day."

HYMN 383. s. M.
Baptism of Children.

1. LORD! what our ears have heard,
Our eyes delighted trace,
Thy love in long succession shown
To ev'ry virtuous

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2. Our children thou dost claim,
And mark them out for thine:
Ten thousand blessings to thy name
For goodness so divine!

3. Thy cov'nant may they keep,
And bless the happy bands,
Which closer still engage their hearts
To honour thy commands.
4. How great thy mercies, Lord!
How plenteous is thy grace,
Which in the promise of thy love
Includes our rising race

5. Our offspring, still thy care,
Shall own their Fathers' God,
To latest times thy blessings share,
And sound thy praise abroad.
HYMN 384. c. M.

1. SEE Israel's gentle Shepherd stand!
With all-engaging charms!

Hark! how he calls the tender lambs,
And takes them in his arms!

2. "Permit them to approach, (he cries) Nor scorn their humble name;

It was to save such souls as these,
With pow'r and love I came."

3. We bring them, Lord, with grateful hearts,
And yield them up to thee;
Rejoic'd that we ourselves are thine,
Thine let our offspring be!

4. Thus Lydia's house was sanctified,
When she receiv'd the word;
Thus the believing jailor gave
His family to the Lord.

5. Ye little flock, with pleasure hear;
Ye children seek his face;
And fly with transport to receive
The gospel of his grace.

6. If orphans they are left behind,
Thy care, O God! we trust;
And let thy promise cheer our hearts,
weeping o'er their dust.

If

HYMN 385. c. M.

Practical improvement of baptism. 1. ATTEND, ye children of your God,

Ye heirs of glory, hear; Let accents so divine as these Engage th' attentive ear:

2. Baptis'd into your Saviour's death,
Your souls to sin must die;
With Christ your Lord ye live anew,
With Christ ascend on high.

3. Rise from these earthly trifles, rise,
On wings of faith and love;
In heav'n your choicest treasure lies,
And be your hearts above.

XXIV.

THE LORD'S SUPPER.

HYMN 386. c. M.

COME, let us join our souls to God
In everlasting bands;

And seize the blessings he bestows,
With eager hearts and hands.

2. Come, let us seal, without delay, The cov'nant of his grace;

Nor shall the years of distant life
Its memory efface.

3. Thus may our rising offspring haste
To seek their Fathers' God;
Nor e'er forsake the happy path
Their youthful feet have trod.

HYMN 387. L. M.

1.'TWAS on that dreadful, doleful night,

When the whole pow'r of darkness rose Against the Son of God's delight,

And friends betray'd him to his foes; 2. Before the mournful scene began,

He took the bread, and bless'd, and brake: What love through all his actions ran!

What wondrous words of grace he spake! 3. "This is my body broke for sin;

"Receive and eat the living food."
Then took the cup and bless'd the wine:
""Tis the new cov'nant in my blood."
4."Do this (he cried) 'till time shall end,
"In mem'ry of your dying friend:
"Meet at my table, and record

"The love of your departed Lord."
HYMN 388. L. M.

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AT, drink, in mem'ry of your friend!” Such was our Master's last request; Who all the pangs of death endur'd, That we might live for ever blest.

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2. Yes, we'll record thy matchless grace,
Thou dearest, tend'rest, best of friends!
Thy dying love the noblest praise
Of long eternity transcends.

3. 'Tis pleasure more than earth can give, Thy goodness through these veils to see, Thy table food celestial yields;

And happy they who sit with thee. 4. But oh! what vast transporting joys

Shall fill our breasts, our tongues inspire, When join'd with the celestial train,

Our grateful souls thy love admire!

HYMN 389. L. M.

T HIS feast was Jesus' high behest, This cup of thanks his last request. Ye, who can feel his worth, attend: Eat, drink, in mem❜ry of your friend. 2. Around the patriot's bust ye throng; Him ye exalt in swelling song; For him the wreath of glory bind, Who freed from vassalage his kind. 3. And shall not he your praises reap, Who rescues from the iron sleep? The great Deliverer, whose breath Unbinds the captives ev'n of death? 4. Shall he, who sinful men to save, Became a tenant of the grave, Unthank'd, uncelebrated, rise, Pass unremember'd to the skies!

5. Christians! unite with loud acclaim,
To hymn the Saviour's welcome name.
On earth extol his wondrous love,
Repeat his praise in worlds above.

HYMN 390. s. M.

1. JESUS invites his saints

To meet around his board:

Here those he died to save may hold Communion with their Lord.

2. Our heav'nly Father calls

Christ and his members one;
We are the children of his love,
And he the first-born Son.

3. We are but sev'ral parts

Of the same broken bread:
One body with its sev'ral limbs,
But Jésus is the head.

4. Let all our pow'rs be join'd,
His glorious name to raise :
Pleasure and love fill ev'ry mind,
And ev'ry voice be praise!

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HYMN 391. c. M.

1. YE

foll'wers of the Prince of peace,
Who round his table draw!
Remember what his spirit was,
What his peculiar law,

2. The love, which all his bosom fill'd,
Did all his actions guide:
Inspir'd by love, he liv'd and taught;
Inspir'd by love, he died.

3. And do you love him? do you feel Your warm affections move?

This is the proof which he demands,
That you each other love.

4. Let each the sacred law fulfil;
Like his be ev'ry mind;

Be ev'ry temper form'd by love,
And ev'ry action kind.

5. Let none, who call themselves his friends,
Disgrace the honour'd name;
But by a near resemblance prove
The title which they claim.

1.

HYMN 392. L. M.

JESUS is gone above the skies,

Where our weak senses reach him not, And carnal objects court our eyes,

To thrust our Saviour from our thought.

2. He knows, what wand'ring hearts we have,
Apt to forget his lovely face;
And, to refresh our minds, he gave
These kind memorials of his grace.
5. Let sinful sweets be all forgot,

And earth grow less in our esteem;
Christ and his love fill ev'ry thought,

And faith and hope be fix'd on him. 4. While he is absent from our sight,

Tis to prepare our souls a place;
That we may dwell in heav'nly light,
And live for ever near his face.

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