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A sovereign protector I have,
Unseen, yet for ever at hand, Unchangeably faithful to save,
Almighty to rule and command. 2 From evil secure, and its dread,
I rest if my Saviour is nigh,
Shall in the night season supply:
His grace as the dew shall descend, And walls of salvation surround
The soul he delights to defend.
Thee, thee for my God I avow,
And own thou hast help'd me till now; I muse on the years that are past,
Wherein my defence thou hast prov'd, Nor wilt thou relinquish at last
A sinner so signally lov’d.
4 INSPIRER and hearer of prayer,
Thou feeder and guardian of thine,
I sleeping or waking resign:
The night is no darkness to me;
They bring me but nearer to thee. 5 Thy minist'ring spirits descend
To watch while thy saints are asleep;
The heirs of salvation to keep :
Repair to their stations assign’d;
To guard the elect of mankind.
6 Their worship no interval knows;
Their fervour is still on the wing ; And while they protect my repose,
They chant to the praise of my King :
Their chorus for ever shall join,
L. M.-Saturday evening. 1 THY sacred sabbath, Lord, draws near,
Inspire each heart with holy fear :
And with the spirit sing and pray. 2 Thy quickening power, ( may we feel !
The wandering seek, the wounded heal,
Ere again we seek repose,
At thy feet we bow the knee.
For this rest upon our way,
Lord of earth, and King of heaven, 3 Cold our services have been,
Mingled every prayer with sin :
By thy grace alone we live.
May thy love our footsteps lead;
4 Let these earthly sabbaths prove
Foretastes of our joys above;
And confirm it, God of Love!
Let them consecrated be. 2 In prosperity, be near
To preserve them in thy fear;
Sanction with thy heavenly grace
That these twain be truly one. 2 One in sickness and in health,
One in poverty and wealth ;
Each to other still more dear. 3 One in purpose, one in heart,
Till the mortal stroke shall part ;
L.M.- Baptism. 1 UNITED prayers ascend to thee,
Eternal Parent of mankind ; Smile on this waiting family:
Thy face they seek, and let them find.
2 The father of the household bless,
The priest, the patriarch, let him move ; That all his family may trace
In him thy law in lines of love. 3 Regard the mother's anxious tears,
Her heart's desire, her earnest prayers ; And while her infant charge she rears,
Crown with success her pious cares. 4 Let the dear pledges of their love
Like olive plants around them grow;
Upon their little ones bestow. 5 Receive at their believing hand
The babe whom they devote as thine, Obedient to their Lord's command ;
And seal with power the rite divine. 6 To every member of their house,
Thy grace impart, thy love extend,
C. M.-Psalm cxxxiii.
When brethren dwell in love,
The sacred oil-drops move,
That all the beard imbues,
His garment fringe bedews.
Mount Sinai melting o'er;
And life for evermore.
P.M.- Psalm cxxi. 1 UP to the hills I lift mine eyes,
“When will it dawn, my light and aid ?”— From God the Lord my light will rise,
Who heaven and earth has made. 2 May he ne'er yield thy foot to slide,
His watch unsleeping o'er thee keep :
For slumber or for sleep.
The Lord o'ershades thee on thy right;
Nor blasting moon by night.
Thy spirit keep: the Lord watch o'er
Where wave resounds to wave; Though o'er my head the billows roll,
I know the Lord can save.
He'll reinstate my peace ;
Can bid the tempest cease.
I'll count his mercies o'er ;
And humbly sue for more.
And whence this anxious fear ? Let former favours fix thy heart,
And check the rising tear.