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287 FORTH to the land of promise bound,

Our desert path we tread:
God's fiery pillar for our guide ;

His Captain at our head.
2 Ev'n now we faintly glimpse the hills,

And catch their distant blue;
And the bright city's glittring spires

Rise dimly on our view.
3 Soon, when the desert shall be cross'd,

The flood of death pass'd o'er,
Our pilgrim hosts shall safely land

On Canaan's peaceful shore.
4 There love shall have its perfect work,

And pray'r be lost in praise ;
And all the servants of our God

Their endless anthem raise.

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THE goodly land I see,

With peace and plenty bless'd ;
A land of sacred liberty,

And happy, lasting rest.
2 There dwells the Lord, my King,

The Lord, my Righteousness;
Triumphant o'er the world and sin,

The Lord, the Prince of Peace.
3 On Zion's lofty height

The kingdom He maintains;
And glorious with his saints in light,

For ever, ever reigns.

He calls a worm his friend,

He calls Himself my God;
Nor will He leave me in mine end,

But save me through his blood.

289 LOVE Divine, all love excelling,

of ; Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,

AN thy faithful mercies crown;
Jesus! Thou art all compassion,

Pure, unbounded love Thou art ;
Visit us with Thy salvation,

Enter every longing heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit

Into every troubled breast !
Let us all in Thee inherit,

Let us find Thy promised rest :
Thee we would be always blessing,

Serve Thee as Thine hosts above;
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,

Glory in Thy precious love.

3 Finish then Thy new creation,

Pure, unspotted may we be:
Let us see our whole salvation

Perfectly secured by Thee!
Chang'd from glory into glory,

Till in heaven we take our place;
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,

Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

290 LORD, may we feel no anxious care,

Whether we die or live!
'Tis ours to love and serve Thee here,

And Thou the strength wilt give.
2 Come, Lord, when grace hath made us meet,

Thy blessed face to see!
For if Thy work on earth be sweet,

What must Thy glory be!
3 Then we shall end our sad complaints,

Our weary, sinful days;
And join with those triumphant saints

Who sing Jehovah's praise.
4 Our knowledge of that life is small;

The eye of faith is dim;
Bụt 'tis enough that Christ is all,

And we shall be with Him.

291

DO

O we indeed believe

There is a life to come,
When all mankind shall meet at last,

And hear their final doom?

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Is all eternal there;

The joy, the bitter woe:
Shall bliss abound through endless years;

Shall tears for ever flow?
Strengthen, O Lord, our faith,

Quicken our hopes and fears :
As though the last dread trumpet ņow

Were sounding in our ears.

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4 And may the bright'ning hope

Shine full before our eyes,
That we shall summon'd be, to meet

A Saviour in the skies.

NEW YEAR. 292 NOW, gracious Lord, Thine arm reveal,

And make Thy glory known;
O make us all Thy presence feel,

And soften hearts of stone.

2 Help us to venture near Thy throne,

And plead a Saviour's name;
For all that we can call our own
Is vanity and shame.

3 From all the guilt of former sin

May mercy set us free ;
And let the year we now begin,

Begin and end with Thee.

4 Send down Thy Spirit from above,
That saints

may

love Thee more, And sinners now may learn to love,

Who never loved before.

5 And when before Thee we appear

In our eternal home,
May growing numbers worship here,

And praise Thee in our room.

293 BLESS, O Lord, the opening year,

To each soul assembled here ; Clothe Thy Word with power divine,

Make us willing to be Thine.
2 Shepherd of Thy blood-bought sheep!

Teach the stony heart to weep;
Let the blind have eyes to see,

See themselves and look on Thee.
3 Where Thou hast Thy work begun,

Give new strength the race to run ; Scatter darkness, doubts, and fears,

Wipe away the mourner's tears. 4 Bless us all, both old and young,

Call forth praise from every tongue, Let this whole assembly prove

All Thy power and all Thy love,

294 O GOD! our

help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home!
2 Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth receiv'd her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God :

To endless years the same.
3 A thousand ages in Thy sight,

Are like an evening gone ;
Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun,

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