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DEDICATION AND ORDINATION. 758. L. M.
PIERPONT. Dedication of a House of Worship. 1 0, BOW thine ear, Eternal One!
On thee our heart adoring calls ;
Have raised and now devote these walls. 2 Here let thy holy days be kept ;
And be this place to worship given,
The house of God, the gate of heaven. 3 Here may thine honor dwell; and here,
As incense, let thy children's prayer,
Rise on the still and holy air.
Here let thy truth beam forth to save,
On wings of light, o'er Jordan's wave. 5 And when the lips, that with thy name
Are vocal now, to dust shall turn,
Be kindled here, and purely burn !
BRYANT. Dedication Hymn. 10 THOU, whose own vast temple stands,
Built over earth and sea,
Have raised to worship thee.
The peace that dwelleth, without end,
Serenely by thy side.
Be taught the better way,
Be strengthened as they pray!
And pure devotion rise,
Of earth-born passion dies !
Willis. Dedication Hymn. 1 THE perfect world, by Adam trod,
Was the first temple, — built by God;
And heaved its pillars, one by one. 2 He hung its starry roof on high,
The broad, illimitable sky;
And curtained it with morning light.
and “ all was good ”; And, when its first pure praises rang,
The morning stars together sang.”
And earth, and sky a house for thee;
A humbler temple, " made with hands.”
And with thy favor crown
Beneath this roof, o, deign to show
Our interceding cries,
Like incense to the skies :
And daughters sound thy praise,
Through long-succeeding days :
Imbibe thy truth and love;
Of seraphim above ;
Rejoice in thy abounding grace. 762.
MONTGOMERY. A blessing implored. 1 HERE, in thy name, Eternal God,
We build this earthly house for thee ; 0, choose it for thy fixed abode,
And guard it long from error free.
And dying sinners pray to live,
And when thou hearest, Lord, forgive. 3 Here, when thy messengers proclaim
The blesséd gospel of thy Son,
4 When children's voices raise the song,
Hosanna ! to their Heavenly King,
Hosanna ! let the angels sing. 5 But will, indeed, Jehovah deign
Here to abide, no transient guest ?
And here the Holy Spirit rest? 6 Thy glory never bence depart;
Yet choose not, Lord, this house alone ;
In every bosom fix thy throne. 763.
Here a house of prayer and praise ;
Here to meet for praise and prayer.
With thy word, the heavenly bread ;
May the dead be laid to rest ;
While the sea shall gird the land ;
While the sun and moon endure.
To the joyful sound reply ;
Prayer and praise till time shall end. 764.
Come as a servant ; so he came,
And we receive thee in his stead. 2 Come as an angel, hence to guide
A band of pilgrims on their way;
We never fail, nor faint, nor stray. 3 Come as a teacher sent from God,
Charged his whole council to declare
While we uphold thy hands with prayer. 4 Come as a messenger of peace,
Filled with the Spirit, fired with love;
And die to meet us all above.
765. 6 & 4s. M.
Prayer for a Minister's Success.
Hear us, we pray ;
Their homage pay.
His labors own ;
And make him known.