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Call'd to preach the reign of heaven,
Jesus asks us;
Oh for grace to love thee more:
Thy good Spirit,
Shine upon it from above,
Holy Spirit, Then our warm affections move, $ Teach us all our high vocation,
Fill us with the love of souls, Spread abroad thy great salvation From the centre to the poles,
Till the Saviour Sees the travail of his soul. s Grant us heav'nly strength and blessing,
To be faithful to the end,
O the traitor!
Fall upon us from on high,
Than betray him Who to save us left the sky, 556.
L. M. 1 JESUS, thy wand'ring sheep behold! See, Lord, with yearning bowels, see,
Poor souls that cannot find the fold,
Till sought and gather'd in by thee. 2 Lost are thcy now, and scatter'd wide,
In pain, and weariness, and want; With no kind Shepherd near, to guide
The sick, and spiritless and faint. 3 Thou, only thou, the kind and good,
And sheep-redeeming Shepherd art; Collect thy flock, and give them food
And pastors after thine own heart. Give the pure word of gen’ral grace,
And great shall be the preacher's crowd; Preachers, who all the sinful race
Point to the all atoning blood. 5 In every messenger reveal
The grace they preach divinely free;
- He died for all, who died for me.” 6 A double portion from above,
Of thine all-quick’ning grace impart;
L. M. Ministerial Love. Job xxix. 2) 1 TIIAT I were as lieretofore;
When first sent forth in Jesus' naine, 1 rush'd through every open door,
And cried to all, “behold the Lamb!” 2 The God who kills and makes alive,
To me the quickening power impart;
Retouch my lips, renew my heart.
And longer live for this alone,
4 My talents, gifts, and graces, Lord,
Into thy blessed hands receive; And let me live to preach thy word,
And let me for thy glory live. 5 Enlarge, inflame, and fill
heart With boundless charity divine: So shall I all my strength exert, And love them with a zeal like thine.
P. M. 558.
Minister's Complaint. Gal. iv. 16.
A sorrow full of joy;
Who can describe the pain
To hearts as hard as steel?
The Saviour's clying love,
And draw their bowels forth:
If some small hope appear,
They watch for the event:
their pains succeed, And from the icnder blade
The rip’ning ears proceed,
Their foils are overpaid:
P. M. 559.
The Minister's Prayer. 1 SHEPHERD of souls, if thou indeed
Hast rais'd me up thy flock to feed, (Thy meanest servant me,) () inay I all thy burdens share, And gently in my bosom bear,
The lambs redeem'd by thee.
Of all-sufficient grace;
To our rebellious race.
And in thy steps to tread;
L. M. · HIGH on his everlasting throne
The King of saints his work surveys, Marks the dear souls he calls his own,
And smiles on the peculiar rare. 2 See where the servants of the Lord,
A busy multitude, appear;
His heritage they toil to clear. s 'The love of Christ their hearts constrains, And strengthens their unwearied lands
They spend their sweat, and blood, and pains,
To cultivate Emmanuel's land.
Their industry vouchsafes to crown;
And sends the promis'd blessing down. $ O multiply thy sowers' seed,
And fruit they every hour shall bear, Tlıroughout the world thy gospel spread,
Thine everlasting truth declare! 561.
L. M. 'DRAW near, 0 Son of God, draw near,
Us with thy faming eye behold; Still in thy church vouchsafe t'appear,
And let our candlestick be gold.
And let them in thy lustre glow,
The angels of thy church below. 3 Make good their apostolic boast,
Their high commission let them prove, Be temples of the Holy Ghost,
And fill'd with faith, and hope, and love. 4 Their hearts from things of earth remove,
Sprinkle them, Lord, from sin and fear; Fix their affections all above,
And lay up all their treasures there, 5 Give them an ear to hcar thy word;
Thou speakest to the churches now: And let all tongues conless their Lord, Let every knee to Jesus bow.
S. M. 562. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour
of God. Eph. vi. 13. 1 EQUIP me for the war, And teach my hands to fight;