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6 To gather home his own,
God shall his angels send,
And bid our bliss, on earth_begun,
In deathless triumphs end.

THE CHURCH.

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Founded on a Rock.

WITH stately towers and bulwarks strong,

Loved theme of many a sacred song,-
God's holy city shone.

2 Thus fair was Zion's chosen seat,
The glory of all lands;

Yet fairer, and in strength complete,
The Christian temple stands.

3 The faithful of each clime and age
This glorious Church compose;
Built on a Rock, with idle rage
The threat'ning tempest blows.

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4 Fear not; though hostile bands alarm,
Thy God is thy defence;
And weak and powerless every arm
Against Omnipotence.

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Prayer for her extension.
thy Church, O Power divine,
Cause thy glorious face to shine;
Till the nations, from afar,
Hail her as their guiding star.

2 Then shall God, with lavish hand,
Scatter blessings o'er the land;
And the world's remotest bound
With the voice of praise resound.

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Glorious and spotless.

JESUS, from whom all blessings flow,

Great of thy

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If now thy Spirit move my breast,
Hear, and fulfil thine own request.
2 The few that truly call thee Lord,
And wait thy sanctifying word,
And thee their utmost Saviour own;-
Unite and perfect them in one.
3 0 let them all thy mind express,
Stand forth thy chosen witnesses;
Thy power unto salvation show,
And perfect holiness below.
4 In them let all mankind behold
How Christians lived in days of old;
Mighty their envious foes to move,-
A proverb of reproach—and love.
5 Call them into thy wondrous light,
Worthy to walk with thee in white:
Make up thy jewels, Lord, and show
Thy glorious, spotless Church below.
6 From every sinful wrinkle free,
Redeem'd from all iniquity,
The fellowship of saints make known,
And O, my God, may I be one!

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Continued.-Witnesses for Jesus.
MIGHT my lot be cast with these,
The least of Jesus' witnesses;
O that my Lord would count me meet,
To wash his dear disciples' feet!

2 This only thing do I require:
Thou know'st 'tis all my heart's desire,
Freely what I receive to give,
The servant of thy Church to live:-

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3 After my lowly Lord to go,
And wait upon thy saints below;
Enjoy the grace to angels given,
And serve the royal heirs of heaven.
4 Lord, if I now thy drawings feel,
And ask according to thy will,
Confirm the prayer, the seal impart,
And speak the answer to my heart.
5 Tell me, or thou shalt never go,-
Thy prayer is heard; it shall be so:
The word hath pass'd thy lips, and I
Shall with thy people live and die.

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The river of life.

REAT Source of being and of love!
Thou wat'rest all the worlds above;
And all the joys which mortals know,
From thine exhaustless fountain flow.
2 A sacred spring, at thy command,
From Zion's mount, in Canaan's land,
Beside thy temple cleaves the ground,
And pours its limpid stream around.
3 Close by its banks, in order fair,
The blooming trees of life appear;
Their blossoms fragrant odours give,
And on their fruit the nations live.

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4 Flow, wondrous stream! with glory crown'd,
Flow on to earth's remotest bound;
And bear us, on thy gentle wave,
To Him who all thy virtues gave.

Immovable by mortal power,

Built on eternity.

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The gates of hell shall not prevail against her.

WHO make the Lord of hosts their tower,

Shall like Mount Zion be,

2 As round about Jerusalem
The guardian mountains stand,
So shall the Lord encompass them
Who hold by his right hand.

3 The rod of wickedness shall ne'er
Against the just prevail,
Lest innocence should find a snare,
And tempted virtue fail.

4 Do good, O Lord, do good to those
Who cleave to thee in heart,-
Who on thy truth alone repose,
Nor from thy law depart.

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Returning to Zion with songs of joy. AUGHTER of Zion, from the dust

D Exalt thy fallen head;

Again in thy Redeemer trust,--
He calls thee from the dead.

2 Awake, awake, put on thy strength,
Thy beautiful array;

The day of freedom dawns at length,—
The Lord's appointed day.

3 Rebuild thy walls, thy bounds enlarge,
And send thy heralds forth;
Say-to the south,-Give up thy charge!
And,-Keep not back, O north!

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4 They come, they come: thine exiled bands,
Where'er they rest or roam,

Have heard thy voice in distant lands,
And hasten to their home.

5 Thus, though the universe shall burn, And God his works destroy,

With songs thy ransom'd shall return,
And everlasting joy.

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Security and safety.

EE the gospel Church secure,

All her promises are sure;

Her bulwarks who can shock?
Count her every precious shrine;
Tell, to after-ages tell,-
Fortified by power divine,

The Church can never fail.
2 Zion's God is all our own,
Who on his love rely;
We his pard'ning love have known,
And live to Christ, and die:
To the New Jerusalem

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He our faithful Guide shall be;
Him we claim, and rest in him,
Through all eternity.

Her confidence and security.
HO in the Lord confide,
And feel his sprinkled blood,
In storms and hurricanes abide
Firm as the mount of God:
Steadfast, and fix'd, and sure,

His Zion cannot move;
His faithful people stand secure
In Jesus' guardian love.

2 As round Jerusalem
The hilly bulwarks rise,
So God protects and covers them
From all their enemies.
On every side he stands,
And for his Israel cares;
And safe in his almighty hands
Their souls forever bears.

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