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2 He knew us, when we knew not him,
Was with us, though unseen;
His love has wondrous been.
Whatever foe assails :
With pow'r that never fails.
Obey our Father's voice;
And in his name rejoice.
5 How sweet to hear him say at last,
“Ye blessed children, come; The days of banishment are past,
And hear'n is now your home!”
1 WHEN languor and disease invade
This trembling house of clay, 'Tis sweet to look beyond the cage,
And long to soar away.
The whispers of his love;
Where Jesus pleads above.
3 Sweet on thy faithfulness to rest,
Whose love can never end; Sweet on thy covenant of grace
For all things to depend.
To trust thy truth divine :
And have no will but thine.
What will the fountain be, Where saints and angels draw their bliss,
Immediately from thee!
1 TO Jesus, the crown of my hope,
And waft me away to his throne.
3 And then, never more shall the fears,
The trials, temptations, and woes,
4 Or, if yet remember'd above,
Remembrance no sadness shall raise ;
New themes for my wonder and praise. 5 Thus the strokes which from sin and from pain
Shall set me eternally free,
Luke ii, 8—10. (L. M.)
And silence slept on Zion's hill;
The glorious hosts of Zion came :
While thus they struck their harps and sung : 3 O Zion, lift thy raptur'd eye,
The long expected hour is nigh ;
The Prince of Salem comes to reign!
Bids Satan and his host depart;
5 O Zion, lift thy raptur'd eye,
The long expected hour is nigh :
Exodus xxxiii, 22. (7’s.)
Let me hide myself in thee :
Cleanse me from its guilt and pow'r ! 2 Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfil thy law's demands :
Thou must save, and thou alone!
Simply to thy cross I cling :
Wash me, Saviour, or I die!
When my eyelids close in death,
Galatians vi, 14. (L. m.)
Of him who died upon the cross :
For this we count the world but loss. 2 The cross ! it takes our guilt away,
It holds the fainting spirit up;
And sweetens every bitter cup.
And nerves the feeble arm for fight;
And gilds the bed of death with light. 4 The balm of life, the cure of woe,
The measure and the pledge of love ;
Psalm xxvi, 8. (L.M.)
When village bells awake the day,
Call me from earthly cares away.