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402. 8 & 7s. M.

Prayer for Light.
1 LIGHT of those whose dreary dwelling

Borders on the shades of death!
Rise on us, thyself revealing,

Rise, and chase the clouds beneath.
2 Thou, of life and light creator !

In our deepest darkness rise ;
Scatter all the night of nature,

Pour the day upon our eyes.
3 Still we wait for thine appearing ;

Life and joy thy beams impart ;
Chasing all our fears, and cheering

Every meek and contrite heart.
4 Save us, in thy great compassion,

O thou God of peace and love !
Give the knowledge of salvation,

Fix our hearts on things above.

403. 6 & 4s. M. (Peculiar.) Hemans.

Prayer for Help in Necessity.
I LOWLY and solemn be
Thy children's cry to thee,

Father divine, -
A hymn of suppliant breath,
Owning that life and death

Alike are thine.
2 O Father, in that hour
When earth all helping power

Shall disavow,
When spear, and shield, and crown,
In faintness are cast down, -
Sustain us, thou !

3 By him who bowed to take
The death-cup for our sake,

The thorn, the rod, -
From whom the last dismay
Was not to pass away, -

Aid us, O God!
4 While trembling o'er the grave,
We call on thee to save,

Father divine !
Hear, hear our suppliant breath ;
Keep us, in life and death,

Thine, only thine.



C. M.

Prayer for Wisdom. 1 ALMIGHTY God, in humble prayer • To thee our souls we lift; Do thou our waiting minds prepare

For thy most needful gift.
2 We ask not golden streams of wealth

Along our path to flow;
We ask not undecaying health,

Nor length of years below.
3 We ask not honors which an hour

May bring and take away ;
We ask not pleasure, pomp, and power,

Lest we should go astray.
4 We ask for wisdom : - Lord, impart

The knowledge how to live ;
A wise and understanding heart

To all before thee give..
5 The young remember thee in youth,

Before the evil days!
The old be guided by thy truth
In wisdom's pleasant ways !


405. C. M.

For Purity of Heart.
1 0, FOR a heart to praise my God,

A heart from sin set free;
A heart that always feels how good,

Thou, Lord, hast been to me. 2 0, for a humble, contrite heart,

Believing, true, and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part

From him who dwells within ; — 3 A heart in every thought renewed,

And full of love divine,
Perfect, and right, and pure, and good,

Conformed, O Lord, to thine.
4 Thy temper, gracious Lord, impart;

Come quickly from above ;
O, write thy name upon my heart;

Thy name, O God, is love. 406. S. M.

Prayer for Self-consecration.
1 O GOD, my strength, my hope,

On thee I cast my care,
With humble confidence look up,

And know thou hearest prayer.
2 O, for a godly fear,

A quick-discerning eye,
That looks to thee when sin is near,

And sees the tempter fly! —
3 A spirit still prepared,

And armed with jealous care,
For ever standing on its guard,

And watching unto prayer !
4 Lord, let me still abide,

Nor from my hope remove,


Till thou my patient spirit guide

To better worlds above. 407.

C. M.

Prayer for Supplies of Grace.
1 THOU Fount of blessing, God of love,

To thee our bearts we raise ;
Thine all-sustaining power we prove,

And gladly sing thy praise.
2 Thine, wholly thine, we long to be ;

Our sacrifice receive;
Made, and preserved, and saved, by thee,

To thee ourselves we give.
3 To thee our every wish aspires ;

For all thy mercy's store,
The sole return thy love requires

Is that we ask for more.
4 For more we ask ; we open, Lord,

Our hearts t embrace thy will :
Renew us by thy quickening word,

And from thy fulness fill. 408.

C. M.

EXETER COLL. The Influence of habitual Piety. 1 BLEST is the man who fears the Lord !

His well established mind,
In every varying scene of life,

Shall true composure find.
2 Oft through the deep and stormy sea

The heavenly footsteps lie ;
But on a glorious world beyond

His faith can fix its eye.
3 Though dark his present prospects be,

And sorrows round him dwell,
Yet hope can whisper to his soul,

That all shall issue well.

4 Full in the presence of his God,

Through every scene he goes ;
And, fearing him, no other fear

His steadfast bosom knows.
5 No dangers can his soul alarm,

No gloomy views affright;
For faith assures his humble heart,

Whatever is, is right. 409.

C. M.

ANONYMOUS. Trust ye in the Lord.1 WHEN grief and anguish press me down,

And hope and comfort flee,
I cling, O Father, to thy throne,

And stay my heart on thee.
2 When clouds of dark temptation rise,

And pour their wrath on me,
To thee for aid I turn my eyes,

And fix my trust on thee.
3 When death invades my peaceful home,

The sundered ties shall be
A closer bond, in time to come,

To bind my heart to thee.
4 Lord, — " Not my will but thine be done !"

My soul from fear set free,
Her faith shall anchor at thy throne,

And trust alone in thee. 410. C. M.

Watts. Confidence in God. 1 SOON as I heard my Father say,

“ Ye children, seek my grace,” My heart replied, without delay,

" I'll seek my Father's face.” 2 Let not thy face be bid from me,

Nor frown my soul away ;

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