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But blacker was the darkness
Round Calvary's Cross that day;

O Lamb of God, that takest
The sin of the world away,
Have mercy on us!

Our hearts are faint with sorrow,

Heavy and sad to bear;
For we dread the bitter morrow,

But we will not despair:
Thou knowest all our anguish,

And Thou wilt bid it cease;
O Lamb of God, who takest

The sin of the world away,
Give us Thy peace!

A. A. Procter

XXI

GRATITUDE TO GOD
How blest Thy creature is, O God,

When with a single eye
He views the lustre of Thy word,

The day-spring from on high.

Through all the storms that veil the skies,

And frown on earthly things, The Sun of Righteousness he eyes

With healing on His wings.

Struck by that light, the human heart,

A barren soil no more, Sends the sweet smell of grace abroad,

Where serpents lurk'd before.

The glorious orb, whose golden beams

The fruitful year control,
Since first, obedient to Thy word,

He started from the goal,

Has cheerM the nations with the joys

His orient rays impart;
But, Jesus, 'tis Thy light alone

Can shine upon the heart.

W. Cowper

XXII

HYMN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Praise be Thine, most Holy Spirit,

Honour to Thy Holy Name!
May we love it, may we fear it!

Set in everlasting fame.
Honour to Thee, praise, and glory,

Comforter, inspirer, friend;
Till these troubles transitory

End in glory without end.

By Thy hand, in secret working,

Like a midnight of soft rain, Seeds that lay in silence lurking,

Spring up green, and grow amain. Roots, which in their dusty bosoms

Hid an age of golden days Stirring with a cloud of blossoms,

Clothe their barrenness for Thy praise. As an island in a river

Vex'd with endless rave and roar, Keeps an inner silence ever

On its consecrated shore, Flower'd with flowers, and green with grasses:

So the poor through Thee abide; Every outer care that passes

Deepening more the peace inside.

When our heart is faint Thou warmest,

Justifiest our delight;
Thou our ignorance informest,

And our wisdom shapest right;
In the hour of doubt and strife,

Thou beginnest, and Thou endest, All that Christians count of life.

Thos. Burridge

XXIII

LITANY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
In the hour of my distress,
When temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess,

Sweet Spirit, comfort me.

When I lie within my bed,
Sick in heart, and sick in head,
And with doubts disquieted,

Sweet Spirit, comfort me.

When the house doth sigh, and weep,
And the world is drown'd in sleep,
Yet mine eyes the watch do keep,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me.

When God knows I'm toss'd about
Either with despair or doubt,
Yet before the glass be out,

Sweet Spirit, comfort me.

When the tempter me pursueth
With the sins of all my youth,
And reproves me for untruth,

Sweet Spirit, comfort me.

When the judgment is reveal'd,
And that open'd which was seal'd,
When to Thee I have appeal'd,

Sweet Spirit, comfort me.

R. Herrick

XXIV

VENT CREATOR SPIRITUS

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the Anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart.
Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
The dulness of our blinded sight;
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy grace;
Keep far our foes; give peace at home;
Where Thou art guide, no ill can come.
Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And Thee of both, to be but One:

That, through the ages all along,
This may be our endless song:
"Praise to Thy eternal merit,
"Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!"

Ordination Service

xxv

THE HOLY TRINITY

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee,
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!
God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity!

Holy! Holy! Holy! all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy

sea; Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wert, and art, and evermore shall be.

Holy! Holy! Holy! though the darkness hide

Thee, Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not

see, Only Thou art Holy, there is, none beside Thee Perfect in Power, in Love, and Purity!

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and

sky, and sea; Holy! Holy! Holy! Merciful and Mighty, God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity!

Bishop Reginald Heber

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