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RHODES. Lord commands his day shall be A day of holiness and prayer ; A day of rest from industry,
From vain pursuits, and worldly care. 2 The rude, the ignorant, and base,
The Lord's most holy sabbath break; They run from all the means of grace,
And by their sin destruction seek! 3 When children in their early days
Begin the sabbath to profane ; Led by example in the ways
Of wickedness and pleasures vain ; 4 The Lord of sabbath they despise,
More harden'd in their baseness grow; Till mighty vengeance from the skies
Shall hurl them down to endless wo.
39. COME, let us join with one accord
In hymns around the throne ; This is the day our risen Lord
Hath made and call'd his own, % This is the day which God hath blest,
The brightest of the seven ; Type of that everlasting rest
The saints enjoy in heaven.
3 Then let us in his name sing on,
And hasten to that day
And shadows pass away.
Let us in hymns employ;
To his eternal joy.
SIXES AND EIGHTS. 40.
Thy name we join to sing,
Complete salvation bring;
Who plays and sins away
On this thy sacred day;
O Saviour, set us free;
O may we live to thee:
42. SWEET is the work, O Lord,
Thy glorious name to sing,
And grateful offerings bring. 2 Sweet-at the dawning light,
Thy boundless love to tell;
Still on the theme to dwell. 3 Sweet-on this day of rest,
To join in heart and voice, With those, who love and serve thee best,
And in thy name rejoice.
Be every sabbath given,
Eternally in heaven.
And heard of Jesus and of heaven: We thank thee for thy word, and pray
That this day's sins may be forgiven. 2 Forgive our inattention, Lord,
Our looks and thoughts that went astray; Forgive our carelessness abroad;
At home, our idleness and play.
3 May all we heard and understood
Be well remember'd through the week, And help to make us wise and good,
More humble, diligent, and meek. 4 So when our lives are finish'd here,
And days and sabbaths shall be o’er, May we above in heaven appear,
To serve and love thee evermore.
43. WHEN to the house of God we go,
To hear his word, and sing his love, We ought to worship him below,
As saints and angels do above. 2 They stand before his presence now,
And praise him better far than we, Who only at his footstool bow,
And love him though we cannot see. 3 But God is present everywhere,
And watches all our thoughts and ways; He marks who humbly join in prayer,
And who sincerely sing his praise. 4 The triflers, too, his eye can see,
Who only seem to take a part ;,
But do not seek him with the heart.
5 O may we never trifle so,
Nor lose the days our God has given, But learn, by sabbaths here below,
To spend eternity in heaven!
44. MONTGOMERY. To thy temple I repair,
Lord, I love to worship there, Heavenly Father! give me grace, In thy courts to seek thy face. 2 While thy glorious praise is sung, Touch my lips, unloose my tongue, That my joyful soul may bless Thee, the Lord my righteousness. 3 While the prayers of saints ascend, God of love, to mine attend; Hear me, for thy Spirit pleads, Hear, for Jesus intercedes. 4 While I hearken to thy law, Fill my soul with humble awe, Till thy gospel bring to me Life and immortality. 5 While thy ministers proclaim Peace and pardon in thy name, Through thy voice, by faith may I Hear Thee speaking from on high. 6 From thy house when I return, May my heart within me burn,