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To raging flames consigned,
And ruthless beasts a prey;

Their sacred flesh, by savage hooks,
Torn piece by piece away.

With racking anguish worn,
Unmoved they still endure;

Unmoved continue, in the grace
Of endless life secure.

SAVIOUR 1 to us vouchsafe,
Of Thy dear clemency,
A portion with Thy Martyr Saints,
rough all eternity.

Commemoration of 33ighopg.

“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof not by constraint but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind: neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”

165. JESU ' Who didst Thy pastor crown,
And send on him Thy blessing down,
Hear us, we#.
Thou art Thyself the Diadem,
Radiant with many a living gem
And heavenly ray.

Proof of his love, and pledge of Thine,
He bears the mission from Thy shrine,
Thy staff to hold;—
The charge of Thine own ransomed sheep
Which Thee the FATHER gave to keep,
And guard Thy fold.

He knows them all, of them is known,
He knows and goes before his own,
By stream and rock,
To lead, and sheltered pastures give;
They hear, they follow, and they live,
A gentle flock.

When one hath wandered from his sight,
He seeketh it, both day and night
The mountains round;
And joy repayeth all his fears,
When to the fold he homewards bears
The lost and found.

The roaring beasts he sets afar,

And wolves, that with more treacherous war,
Come prowling nigh;

Their guileful arts he knows full well—

Ready with his dear flock to dwell,
For them to die.

Oft as the unbloody Sacrifice
He offers up, of countless price,
And shares the feast;
Himself he on the altar lays,
And his own flock, with prayer and praise,
A holy Priest. -

All praise to Thee, the Priest Supreme,
Through Whom alone all blessings stream,
The Eternal SoN ;
And may Thy ransomed heritage
Thy glory sing from age to age,
GoD, Three in One.

“Who is a faithful and wise servant whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing.”

166. CHRIST, by Thy FATHER's high decree Seal’d the great Priest to be,

Who choosest Thine own ministry,
And formest them to Thee:

Where shall we find a faithful breast,
Meet for Thy high behest?

Fit worldly meed by worth to claim,
A lov’d and honour’d name:

Yet loath and weeping doth he stand,
Led by Thy guiding hand,

To take from Thee the pastor's crown,
And terrible renown.

Well taught the dangers that surround
That high and heavenly ground,

Beneath the absorbing cares to groan,
Of all men but his own.

By fervent love unquiet made.
On every need of aid,

To his dear flock he instant flies
On wings of charities;

And while his words the faith reveal,
His actions set the seal,

GoD's house is fragrant with the breath
Of CHRIST's life-giving death.

The lame man's staff, the blind man's sight,
The sinner's guiding light.

A Father, prompt to hear each call,
And all things made to all!

Pastor of pastors, Who didst bleed
With Thee Thy flock to feed,

May we Thy pastures evermore
Attain by Thee the door.

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“I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” 167. BE not afraid, ye little flock, Though poor and profitless your lives, Let not distrust your sorrows mock, A FATHER's love the kingdom gives.

Lo, now there reigns among the blest,
Who once was like yourselves below,

By self-abasement and unrest
CHRIST's wisdom taught in school of woe.

In penitence his soul to save
He fixed his eyes on Him before

Where, through life's dim and shadowy cave,
His LoRD the bleeding burden bore.

Upon his lips did love preside
Or silence sit with charity:

In lap of want he loved to hide
What he would to himself deny.

His food it was the Heavenly word;
He searched the Book of Truth and Love,

Till watchful prayer would wings afford,
And he would be with them above.

This is the narrow way to heaven,
O holy Godhead, holy Three,

The Three in One, to us be given,
Thus by this way to come to Thee.

“Hearken, O daughter, and consider: incline thine ear: forget also thine own people, and thy father's house.” 168. REGARD our vows with gracious eye, , O JESUs! Crown of purity; Son of that chosen Woman, who Was virgin chaste, and mother too.

Midst lilies Thou dost love to be ;
Pure virgins round Thy throne we see,
O Glorious Bridegroom, Who dost bless
Thy brides with endless happiness.

Which way soe'er Thy course doth bend,
Chaste virgins on Thy steps attend;
Who following the LAMB do raise
Their notes in sweetest hymns of praise.

Hear us, O God of charity
From impure passions set us free :
Our frailties help, our vice control,
And bend our senses to the soul.

To JESUs from a Virgin sprung,
Be glory given and praises sung,
The same to GoD the FATHER be,
And Holy GHosT, eternally. -
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“Blessed are they that shall be called to the Marriage Supper of the LAMB.”

169. To the LAMB’s festival -
GoD doth His people call;
Blest she who hears that nuptial song,
And sits those guests among.

Love is her bridal tie,

Her dower is poverty; Mid earthly clouds she heavenward springs,

And treads on human things.

Stern hardihood she wears,

And penitential tears,
With fasting girt, as with a zone,

Her heavenly race to run.

Unto the Crucified
She looks like faithful bride,
Prepar'd, where'er He leads the way,
o suffer and obey.

Blest they, whom GoD above

Doth bind with cords of love:
Them shall the Heavenly Bridegroom own,

In soul and body one.

This union grant to me

Thrice Holy, One and Three:
Ye fill the universe so wide, -

But with the meek abide 1

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