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#eragegima. “We look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 5C). OUR GoD in His celestial seat, In glory and in power complete, To make that #. and glory known, Lays the round world's foundation stone.

The elements, before unmade,
Are now in fairest order laid;
And wondrous harmony they raise,
To celebrate their Maker's praise.

But even while the world comes forth
In all the beauty of its birth,
His love eternal doth unfold
Another world of nobler mould.

His only SoN the work doth frame,

'Tis founded in His own great Name !
And carried on through . age
By His own word, the Gospel-page.

In Heaven at length, when time is o'er,
"Twill stand complete to change no more;
For sons redeem'd a blest abode—
Meet for the dwelling place of GoD.

O GoD the FATHER, GoD the SoN,
And GoD the SPIRIT, Three in One,
Preserve, direct, maintain in love
The world below, the world abovel

Quinquagegima. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises,

but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” 51. O YE, who follow'd CHRIST in love,

While yet He dwelt in realms above,

First children of almighty grace,

First fathers of the faithful race |

O, how can words of equal worth
The wonders of your faith set forth,
Or tell of all your panting sighs
Which hope uplifted to the skies P

In dreary exile here below
Ye found the world an empty show;
And rested on the promise high
Of blissful homes beyond the sky.

The heart, O God, that loves Thee well,
Still longs with Thee in peace to dwell;
SAVIOUR' forbid our souls to roam,
And fix them on our future home.

Praise be to FATHER, praise to SoN,
And Holy SPIRIT, Three in One
Eternal praise to each be given,
By men and angels, earth and heaven.

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“Turm ye unto Me, saith the Lord, with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.” 52. THOU gracious Author of our days, - O may Thine ears be bent, Unto the mournful prayer we raise In this our fast of Lent.

Thou the heart-searching GoD, dost know
How vile and weak we be;

But, LORD, Thy pardoning mercy show,
And draw us back to Thee.

Great is our sin, and great our shame,
But still do Thou forgive;

Help, for the glory of Thy Name,
And let poor sinners live.

O, may our outward abstinence,
So change our hearts within,

That we may rescue every sense
From every stain of sin.

Praise be to FATHER, praise to SoN,
Blest SPIRIT, praise to Thee;

Glory to GoD—the Three in One,
To GoD—the One in Three.

“And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterwards an hungered.”

53. Now with the slow revolving year,
Again the Fast we greet,
Which in its mystic circle moves,
Of forty days complete.

That Fast, by Law and Prophets taught,
By JESUS CHRIST restor'd,

JESUS, of seasons and of times,
The Maker and the LoRD.

Henceforth more sparing let us be
Of food, of words, of sleep;

Henceforth beneath a stricter guard
The roving senses keep.

And let us shun whatever things
Distract the careless heart;

And let us shut the soul against
The tyrant Tempter's art;

And weep before the Judge, and strive
His vengeance to appease ;

Saying to Him with contrite voice,
Upon our bended knees:

“Much have we sinn'd, O LoRD ! and still
We sin each day we live;

Yet pour Thy pity from on high,
And of Thy grace forgive.

“Remember that we still are Thine,
Though of a fallen frame,

And take not from us in Thy wrath
The glory of Thy Name.

“Undo past evil; grant us, LoRD,
More grace to do aright

So may we now and ever find
Acceptance in Thy sight.”

Blest Trinity in Unity
Wouchsafe us, in #y love,

To gather from these fasts below
Immortal fruit above.

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins.”


THE solemn season calls us now
A holy fast to keep;

And see within the temple how
Both priest and people weep.

But come not there with tears alone,
Or outward form of prayer,

But let it in thy heart be known
That penitence is there.

We smite the breast, we weep in vain,
In vain in ashes mourn,

Unless with penitential pain,
The smitten soul be torn.

O, let us, then, with heartfelt grief,
Draw near unto our GoD,

And pray to Him to grant relief,
And stay the uplifted rod.

O Righteous Judge, if Thou wilt deign
To grant us all we need,

We pray for time to turn again,
For grace to turn indeed.

Blest Trinity in Unity!
Vouchsafe us, in T . love,

To gather from these fasts below,
Immortal fruit above.

“Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” 55. THE darkness fleets, and joyful earth Welcomes the new-born day; JESU, true Sun of human souls, Shed in our souls Thy ray.

Thou Who dost give the accepted time,
Give tears to purify,

Give flames of love to burn our hearts
As victims unto Thee.

That fountain, whence our sins have flowed,
Shall soon in tears distil,
If but Thy penitential grace
Subdue th. stubborn will.

Eternal Trinity, to Thee
Let earth's vast fabric bend;

While evermore from souls renewed,
New hymns of praise ascend.

“I am the light of the world.”

56. O CHRIST : that art the Light and Day,
Who shed'st through night Thy searching ray,
Who Very Light of light art known,
And Heaven's own Light to earth hast shown;

All-holy LORD, to Thee we bend,
Thy servants through this night defend,
O grant us, LORD, in Thee to rest,
Our night with quiet slumbers blest.

Let not the sleep of death oppress,
Nor deadly foe our souls possess,
Nor yielding flesh consent within,
To make us in Thy presence sin.

Let but the eyes light slumber take,
The heart to Thee be aye awake,
Be Thy Right Hand upheld above,
Tby servants resting in Thy love.

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