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2 To sit one day beneath thine eye
And hearthy gracious voice,
Exceeds a whole eternity
Employ'd in carnal joys.
3 Lord, at thy threshold I would wait
While Jesus is within,
Rather than fill a throne of state,
Or live in tents of sin.
4 Could I command the spacious land
And the more boundless sea,
For one blest hour at thy right hand
I’d give them both away. Watts,
448. Union and Peace. S. M.
1 Blest are the sons of peace,
Whose hearts and hopes are one;
Whose kind designs to serve and please
Through all their actions run.
2 Blest is the pious house
Where zeal and friendship meet;
Their songs of praise, their mingled vows,
Make their communion sweet.
3 Thus, when on Aaron's head
They pour'd the rich perfume,
The oil through all his raiment spread,
And pleasure fill'd the room.
4 Thus, on the heav'nly hills,
The saints are blest above;
Where joy like morning dew distils,
And all the air is love. Watts.
449. Christian Love. L. M.
1 Now by the mercies of my God,
His sharp distress, his sore complaints,
By his last groans, his dying blood,
I charge my soul to love the saints.
2 The Spirit, like a peaceful dove,
Flies from the realms of noise and strife;
Why should we vex and grieve his love,
Who seals our souls to heav'nly life?
3 Tender and kind be all our thoughts,
Through all our lives let mercy run:
So God forgives our num’rous faults,
For the dear sake of Christ his Son.
450. Christian Love. C. M. 1 How sweet, how heavenly is the sight, • When those who love the Lord In one another's peace delight, And so fulfil his word.
2. When each can feel his brother's sigh,
And with him bear a part:
When sorrows flow from eye to eye,
And joy from heart to heart:
3 When, free from envy, scorn, and pride,
Our wishes all above,
Each can his brother's failings hide,
And show a brother's love!
4 Let love, in one delightful stream,
Through every bosom flow;
And union sweet, and dear esteem,
In every action glow.
5 Love is the golden chain that binds . The happy Souls above; And he's an heir of heaven who finds His bosom glow with love. Swain,
1 Our souls, by love together knit,
Cemented, mix’d in one:
One hope, one heart, one mind, one voice:
'Tis heaven, on earth begun.
2. Our hearts have often burn’d within,
And glow’d with sacred fire,
While Jesus spoke, and fed, and bless'd,
And fill'd th’ enlarg’d desire.
3 The little cloud increases still,
The heavens are big with rain;
We haste to catch the teeming shower,
And all its moisture drain.
4. A rill, a stream, a torrent flows! .
But pour a mighty flood;
Oh! sweep the nations, shake the earth,
Till all proclaim thee God.
5 And when thou mak'st thy jewels up,
And set'st thy starry crown;
When all thy sparkling gems shall shine,
Proclaim'd by thee thine own;
6 May we, a little band of love,
We sinners, sav'd by grace,
From glory unto glory chang'd,
Behold thee face to face. Miller.
452. Meeting of Christian Friends.L.M.
1 Kindred in Christ, for his dear sake,
A hearty welcome here receive;
- May we together now partake -
The joys which only he can give.
2 May he, by whose kind care we meet,
Send his good Spirit from above;
Make our communications sweet,
And cause our hearts to burn with love.
3 Forgotten be each earthly theme,
When christians see each other thus;
We only wish to speak of HIM
Who lived, and died, and reigns, for us.
4. We'll talk of all he did and said,
And suffer'd for us here below;
The path he mark’d for us to tread,
And what he's doing for us now.
5 Thus, as the moments pass away, We'll love, and wonder, and adoreAnd hasten on the glorious day
When we shall meet—to part no more.
1 Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above. -
2 Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts and our cares.
3 We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.