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A blessing upon childhood's head;
And seek the glories of His face.
The wand'rers, and the hungry feeds;
51. Anniversary Sermon for a Charity School. (L. M.)
. CHILDREN.. 1 0 Thou, that from the mouth of babes,
And infant-tongues, didst perfect praise,
To know and love the word of truth,
The youthful Christian's feet to stray, Unfolds the Book of Truth, and there
To life eternal points the way.
Let the full tide of bounty flow;
Thy will, and all Thy mercies know.
52. Thanks for religious education. (C. M.) . 1 HEAR, LORD, the song of praise and pray'r,
In heav'n, Thy dwelling-place,
And taught to seek Thy face.
And grant us, we implore,
Thy holy sabbaths more.
To each desires sincere;
And learn as well as hear.
And truth that ne'er declines :
O! be Thy mercy shower'd on THOSE - Who plac'd us where it shines...
53. Before a Sermon in aid of the Society for propagating
the Gospel in Foreign Parts, or the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge, or the Church-Missionary Society.
For the Diffusion of the Gospel. (L. M.)
In all Thy plenitude of grace,
Descend upon our fallen race !
2 Give tongues of fire and hearts of love
To preach the reconciling word ;
Where'er the joyful sound is heard. 3 O Spirit of the LORD! prepare
All the round earth her God to meet;
The triumphs of the cross record ;
Till every kindred call Him LORD:
54. For the same occasion. (D. L. M.) i From all that dwell below the skies,
Let the CREATOR's praise arise ;
55. Anniversary Sermon for a Hospital, Infirmary, or Dis
pensary. (L. M.)
Didst wave o'er ailing Judah's land,
The dead arose; the speechless sang ; 2 The blind the glorious light survey'd ;
Disease was vanquish'd ; pain was stay'd;
3 For Thee, the impotent, the lame,
And they of wasted mind and frame,
And fam'd Bethesda's pool forsook.
Parent of good, and life, and light!
56. At the Anniversary Meeting of a Benefit or Provident
Society. — GAL. vi. 2. (L. M.)
In Him our spirit shall rejoice;
Our hearts shall praise Him with our voice.
2 God of our hope, to Thee we bow;
Thou art our refuge in distress;
The father of the fatherless.
Lighten each other's burthens here;
And walk in all Thy faith and fear.
4 Then grant our union, here begun,
May last for ever firm and free ;
One with each other and with Thee.
57. On laying the Foundation-stone of a Church or Paro
chial Chapel. (L. M.) .
2 Chron. vi. 38—40. 18.
We build this temple, LORD, to Thee;
To guard this house and sanctuary.
2 Here, when Thy people seek Thy face,
And dying sinners pray to live; :
And when Thou hearest, О forgive! - 3 Here, when Thy messengers proclaim
The blessed Gospel of Thy Son,
Be mighty signs and wonders done.
4 Hosanna! to their heav'nly King,
When children's voices raise that song,
And heav'n with earth the strain prolong.
5 But will, indeed, JEHOVAH deign
Here to abide, - no transient guest ?
And here the HOLY SPIRIT rest?
6 That glory never hence depart!
Yet choose not, LORD, this house alone; Thy kingdom come to every heart,
In ev'ry bosom fix Thy throne..