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2 These through fiery trials trod,

These from great affliction came;
Now before the throne of God,

Seal’d with his almighty name;
Clad in raiment pure and white,

Victor-palms in every hand,
Through their dear Redeemer's might,

More than conquerors they stand. 3 Hunger, thirst, disease unknown,

On immortal fruits they feed;
Them, the Lamb amidst the throne,

Shall to living fountains lead:
Joy and gladness banish sighs,

Perfect love dispels all fears,
And for ever from their eyes

God shall wipe away their tears.


480. L.M.-On Opening a Place of Worship. The Church the Birth-place of the Saints. Ps. Ixxxvii. 5. 1 AND will the great eternal God

On earth establish his abode?
And will he from his radiant throne

Avow our temples for his own?
2 We bring the tribute of our praise,

And sing that condescending grace,
Which to our notes will lend an ear,

And call us, sinful mortals, near.
3 These walls we to thy honour raise;

Long may they echo with thy praise!
And thou, descending, fill the place
With choicest tokens of thy grace.

4 Here let the great Redeemer reign,

With all the graces of his train;
While power divine his word attends

To conquer foes, and cheer his friends. 5 And in the great decisive day,

When God the nations shall survey,
May it before the world appear,
That crowds were born to glory here.

481. C.M.-On Opening a Place of Worship. 1 DEAR Shepherd of thy people, hear,

Thy presence now display;
As thou hast given a place for prayer,

So give us hearts to pray.
2 Shew us some token of thy love,

Our fainting hopes to raise;
And pour thy blessings from above,

That we may render praise.
3 Within these walls let holy peace,

And love, and concord, dwell;
Here give the troubled conscience ease,

The wounded spirit heal.
4 The feeling heart, the melting eye,

The humbled mind, bestow;
And shine upon us from on high,

To make our graces grow!
5 May we in faith receive thy word,

In faith present our prayers; And, in the presence of our Lord,

Unbosom all our cares. 6 And may the gospel's joyful sound,

Enforc'd by mighty grace, Awaken many sinners round,

To come and fill the place.


L.M.-Re-opening a Place.
1 JESUS, where'er thy people meet,

There they behold thy mercy-seat;
Where'er they seek thee thou art found,

And every place is hallow'd ground. 2 For Thou, within no walls confin'd,

Inhabitest the humble mind;
Such ever bring thee where they come,

And, going, take thee to their home. 3 Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few!

Thy former mercies here renew;
Here, to our waiting hearts, proclaim

The sweetness of thy saving name. 4 Here may we prove the power


prayer, To strengthen faith, and sweeten care; To teach our faint desires to rise,

And bring all heaven before our eyes. 5 Behold! at thy commanding word,

We stretch the curtain and the cord;
Come thou and fill this wider space,

And bless us with a large increase.
6 Lord, we are few, but thou art near;

Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear; Oh, rend the heavens, come quickly down, And make a thousand hearts thine own!

483. L.M.- The Institution of a Gospel Ministry from Christ.

Eph. iv. 11, 12.
1 FATHER of mercies, in thy house,

Smile on our homage, and our vows;
While with a grateful heart we share
These pledges

of our Saviour's care.
2 The Saviour, when to heaven he rose,

In splendid triumph o'er his foes,
Scatter'd his gifts on men below,
And wide his royal bounties flow.

3 Hence sprung the apostles' honour'd name,

Sacred beyond heroic fame;
In lowlier forms to bless our eyes,

Pastors from hence and teachers rise. 4 From Christ their varied gifts derive,

And fed by Christ their graces live;
While guarded by his potent hand,

'Midst all the rage of hell they stand. 5 So shall the bright succession run,

Through the last courses of the sun;
While unborn churches, by their care,

Shall rise and flourish large and fair. 6 Jesus our Lord their heart shall know,

The spring whence all these blessings flow: Pastors and people shout his praise Through the long round of endless days.

484. C.M.-- Prayer for a Pastor. Num. xxvii. 15-17. 1 FATHER of spirits, from thy hand,

Our souls immortal came; And still thine energy divine,

Supports the' ethereal flame. 2 By thee our spirits all are known,

And each remotest thought Lies wide-expanded to his eye,

By whom their powers were wrought. 3 To thee, when mortal comforts fail,

The flock deserted flies;
And, on the eternal Shepherd's care,

Our cheerful hope relies.
4 When o'er thy faithful servants' dust

Thy dear assemblies mourn, In speedy tokens of thy grace,

O Israel's God return.

5 The powers of nature all are thine,

And thine the aids of grace;
Thine arm has borne thy churches up

Through every rising race.
6 Exert thy sacred influence here,

And here thy suppliants bless,
And change, to strains of cheerful praise,

Their accents of distress.
7 With faithful heart, with skilful hand,

May this thy flock be fed:
And with a steady, growing pace,

To Zion's mountain led.

485. L.M.- The Goodness of God in giving Pastors after his own Heart.

Jer. iii. 15.
1 SHEPHERD of Israel, thou dost keep

With constant care thy humble sheep;
By thee inferior pastors rise

To feed our souls, and bless our eyes. 2 To all thy churches such impart,

Modell’d by thy own gracious heart;
Whose courage, watchfulness, and love,

Men may attest, and God approve. . 3 Fed by their active, tender care,

Healthful may all thy sheep appear;
And by their fair example sed,

The way to Zion's pastures tread.
4 Here hast thou listen'd to our vows,

And scatter'd blessings on thy house;
Thy saints are succour'd and no more

As sheep without a guide deplore.
5 Completely heal each former stroke,

And bless the shepherd and the flock;
Confirm the hopes thy mercies raise,
And own this tribute of our praise.

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