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They gather out the stones, and sow
Th' immortal seed, the word of God.
They water it with tears and pray’rs :
They long for the returning word;
Happy if all their pains and cares

Can bring forth fruit to please their Lord. 8 Jesus their work delighted sees,

Their industry vouchsafes to crown;
He kindly gives the wish'd increase,
And sends the promis'd blessing down:
The sap of life, the Spirit's pow'rs,
He rains incessant from above;
He all his gracious fulness show'rs
To perfect their great work of love.

101 Faithfulness in the work of God. L. M.

SHALL I for fear of sinful man,
w Thy Spirit's course in me restrain ?
Or undismay'd, in deed and word

Be a true witness to my Lord ?
2 Aw'd by a mortal's frown, shall I

Conceal the word of God most high?
How then before thee shall I dare

To stand, or how thy anger bear? 3 Shall I to sooth th' unholy throng,

Soften thy truths, and smooth my tongue ?
To gain earth's gilded toys, or flee
The cross endurd, my God, by thee!

4 The love of Christ does me constrain

To seek the wand'ring souls of men ;
With cries, entreaties, tears, to save,
To snatch them from the gaping grave.

5 For this let men revile my name;

No cross I shun, I fear no shame:
All hail, reproach, and welcome pain !
Only thy terrors, Lord, restrain.

6 My life, my blood, I here present,

If for thy truth they may be spent :
Fulfil thy sov'reign counsel, Lord !
Thy will be done, thy name ador'd !

7 Give me thy strength, O God of pow'r !

Then let winds blow, or thunders roar,
Thy faithful witness will I be :
'Tis fix'd! I can do all through thee.

102

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The name of Jesus. c. M.
HOW sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In a believer's ear!
It sooths his sorrows, heals his wounds,

And drives away his fear.

2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,

And calms the troubled breast; 'Tis manna to the hungry soul,

And to the weary rest.

3 Dear name ! the rock on which I build,

My shield and hiding-place; My never failing treasury, fill'd

With boundless stores of grace. 4 Jesus! my shepherd, husband, friend,

My prophet, priest, and king ; My Lord, my life, my way, my end,

Accept the praise I bring. 5 Weak is the effort of my heart,

And cold my warmest thought; But when I see thee as thou art,

l'll praise thee as I ought. 6 Till then I would thy love proclaim

With ev'ry fleeting breath; And may the music of thy name

Refresh my soul in death.

103
God is love.

P. M. LORD, thine image thou hast lent me,

In thy never-fading love, When I fell, yet thou hast sent me

Full redemption from above: Sacred love, I long to be

Thine to all eternity.
2 Love! to bliss thou hast ordained

Me, e'er I began to be ;
God of love, thou'st not disdained

To become a man like me :

Love almighty and divine,

I would be for ever thine. 3 Love! who hast for me endured

All the pains of death and hell; Love! whose suff'rings have procured

More for me than tongue can tell ; Sacred love, I long to be

Thine to all eternity.
4 Love! my life and my salvation,

Light and truth, eternal word!
Thou alone dost consolation

To my sinking soul afford;
Love almighty and divine,

I would be for ever thine.
5 To thy blessed yoke thou'rt tying

Me with cords of grace and love, While my heart is ever crying,

May I true and faithful prove :
Sacred love, I long to be

Thine to all eternity.
6 Love! who wilt for ever love me

Intercessor for my soul !
Who sustain'st me, light or heavy,

On the priestly breast and roll:
Love almighty and divine,

I would be for ever thine.
7 Love! who wilt hereafter raise me

From the grave, a bed of dust ; Love ! whose final zeal arrays me

With a garment ’mong the just;
Sacred love! I long to be
Thine to all eternity.

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Thankfulness for redeeming love. OUR Shepherd alone,

The Lord let us bless, Who reigns on the throne,

The prince of our peace;
Who evermore saves us

By shedding his blood;
All ħail, holy Jesus,

Our Lord and our God. 2 We daily will sing

Thy glory, thy praise,
Thou merciful spring

Of pity and grace ;
Thy kindness for ever,

To men we will tell,
And say, our dear Saviour

Redeems us from hell. 3 Preserve us in love,

While here we abide ;
Nor ever remove,

Nor cover, nor hide
Thy glorious salvation,

Till joyful we see
The beantiful vision

Completed in thee.

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