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ST. STEPHEN'S DAY. HEAD of the Church triumphant,
We joyfully adore Thee;
Thy members here
And cry aloud,
Nor will we fear,
While Thou art near,
By Thee we shall
Break through them all, Ere death our conflict closes. By faith we see the glory To which Thou shalt restore us;
The world despise
For that high prize Which Thou hast set before us; And if Thou count us worthy, We each, as dying Stephen,
Shall see Thee stand
At God's right hand,
THE HOLY INNOCENTS' DAY. GLORY to Thee, O Lord!
Who since that hour have heard Thy call, Who, from this world of sin, And reach'd the quiet land ! By the fierce monarch's ruthless sword Those precious ones didst win!
Oh! that our hearts within,
Like theirs, were pure and bright; Glory to Thee, O Lord !
Oh! that as free from wilful sin
We shrank not from Thy sight!
Thy cleansing grace to claim ;
In life to glorify Thy power,
In death to praise Thy Name!
And safely gain’d the shore.
SANDGATE 8, 8, 8, 8.
INSPIRER and Hearer of prayer, Thy minist'ring spirits descend,
Thou Feeder and Guardian of Thine, To watch while Thy saints are asleep; My all to Thy covenant care
By day and by night they attend, I sleeping and waking resign:
The heirs of salvation to keep: If Thou art my Shield and my Sun,
Thy worship no interval knows, The night is no darkness to me,
Their fervour is still on the wing; And, fast as my moments roll on,
And while they protect my repose, They bring me but nearer to Thee. They chant to the praise of my King.
I, too, at the season ordain'd,
Their chorus for ever shall join ;
Their faithful Creator, and mine.
O'er all the heavenly world He rules,
And all beneath the sky.
And swift to do His will,
Whose pleasure ye fulfil.
The orders of their King,
Join in the praise they sing.
Shalt sing His praises too.
Who strove in Thee to live,
Our grateful hymn receive.
Accept our thankful cry,
With Thee, their Lord, in view,
To suffer and to do.
And humbly pray
And live and die in Thee.