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2 And is it so? How dread the thought ! And yet, indeed, how true !

If I could feel it as I ought
This day, what should I do?

3 O ! surely prize it more and more,
And pray that God would give

A death of gain, when life is o'er,
His blessing while I live.

SEVENS. 184.
The same subject.

OR a season call'd to part,
Let us now ourselves commend

To the gracious eye and heart

Of our ever-present Friend.

2 Jesus, hear our humble prayer;
Tender Shepherd of thy sheep,

Let thy mercy, and thy care,
All our souls in safety keep.

3 What we each have now been taught, Let our memories retain;

May we, if we live, be brought
Here to meet in peace again.

4 Then, if thou instruction bless,
Songs of praises shall be given;

We’ll our thankfulness express,
Here on earth and when in heaven.

SHORT. 185. HART.
The same subject.
ONGE more, before we part,
We'll bless the Saviour's name,
Record his mercies, every heart;
Sing, every tongue, the same.

2 May we receive his word,
And feed thereon and grow;

Go on to seek, to know the Lord,
And practise what we know.

TIMES AND SEASONS.

COMMON. 186. WATTs Morning. Y God, who makes the sun to know His proper hour to rise, And, to give light to all below, Doth send him round the skies.

2. When from the chambers of the east His morning race begins;

He never tires, nor stops to rest,
But round the world he shines;

3 So, like the sun, would I fulfil
The business of the day;

Begin my work betimes, and still
March on my heavenly way.

4 Give me, O Lord, thy early grace,
Nor let my soul complain,

That the young morning of my days
Has all been spent in vain.

CoMMON. 187. The same. THROUGH all the dangers of the night, Preserved, O Lord! by thee; Again we hail the cheerful light, Again we bow the knee.

2 Preserve us, Lord! throughout the day, And guide us by thy arm;

For they are safe, and only they,
Whom thou dost keep from harm.

3 I,et all our words, and all our ways,
Declare that we are thine,
That so the light of truth and grace
Before the world may shine.
4 Let us ne'er turn away from thee;
Dear Saviour, hold us fast,
Till, with immortal eyes, we see
Thy glorious face at last.

CoMMON. 188. WATTs.
Evening.
ND now another day is gone,
I'll sing my Maker's praise;

My comforts every hour make known
His providence and grace.

2 But how my childhood runs to waste :
My sins how great their sum !

Lord, give me pardon for the past,
And strength for days to come.

3 And when I lay me down to sleep,
Let angels guard my head,

And through the hours of darkness keep
Their watch around my bed.

4 With cheerful heart I’ll close mine eyes,
Since thou wilt not remove ;

And in the morning let me rise
Rejoicing in thy love.

SIxEs AND Eights. 189. WESLEY.
The New Year.

THE Lord of earth and sky,
The God of ages praise,
Who reigns enthroned on high,
Ancient of endless days,
Who lengthens out our trials here,
And spares us yet another year.

2 Barren and wither'd trees,
We cumber'd long the ground,

No fruit of holiness
On our dead souls was found;

Yet doth he us in mercy spare
Another and another year.

3 When justice bared the sword
To cut the fig-tree down,
The pity of our Lord
Cried, “Let it still alone:”
The Father mild, inclines his ear,
And spares us yet another year.

4 Jesus, thy speaking blood
From God obtain'd the grace,
Who therefore hath bestow'd
On us a longer space;
Thou didst in our behalf appear,
And lo, we see another year.

SEVENs. 190. NEWTON
The same.

WHILE with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year;
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here;
Fix'd in their etermal state,
They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,
But how little none can know.

2. As the winged arrow flies,
Speedily, the mark to find;

As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind

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