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O, Judge of the world,when arrayed in thy glory, Thy summons again shall be heard from on high
While nature stands trembling and naked before thee, And waits on thy sentence to live or to die;
When the heaven shall fly fast from the sound of thy thunder, And the sun, in thy lightnings, grow languid and pale, And the sea yield her dead, and the tomb cleave asunder, In the hour of thy terrors, let mercy prevail.
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
The sound of war! In earth and air
The volleying thunders roll:
Against the Christian's soul.
The scorner's serpent tone,
Amidst his foes alone.
Gods of the world, ye warrior host
Of darkness and of air,
In vain the tempter's snare.
Though mortal nerve and bone
'T is past, 't is o'er! in foul defeat
The demon host are fled,
Their conqueror bends his head.
'The spoils thyself hast gained, Lord:
I lay before thy throne: Thou wert my rock, my shield, my sword; My trust was in thy name and word: 'T was in thy strength my heart was strong; Thy spirit went with mine along;
How was I then alone?'
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
O God, my sins are manifold, against my life they cry,
And all my guilty deeds foregone, up to thy temple fly;
Wilt thou release my trembling soul, that to despair is driven?
'Forgive!' a blessed voice replied, 'and thou shalt be forgiven.'
My foemen, Lord, are fierce and fell, they spurn me in their pride,
They render evil for my good, my patience they deride;
Arise, O King, and be the proud to righteous ruin driven.
'Forgive!' an awful answer came, 'as thon would'st be forgiven.' Seven times, O Lord, I pardoned them, seven times they sinned again:They practise still to work me wo, they triumph in my pain;
But let them dread my vengeance now, to just resentment driven.'Forgive !' the voice of thunder spake,' or never be forgiven.'
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER
From foes that would the land devour;
From yoke of slavery;
Good Lord, preserve us free.
Defend, O God, with guardian hand,
The laws and ruler of our land,
And grant our church thy grace to stand
In faith and unity;
A flock to welcome thee.