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And as the faithful heart receives
The sanctifying shower,
By God's Almighty power.
Such blessings from above:
And render love for love.
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Holy Ghost,
And from the angel-host.
(Nil laudibus nostris eges. No. 18.)
OUR praises, Lord, thou dost not need,
But we thy children are,
To long persisting prayer.
When silence reigns around:
With glowing sunbeams crowned.
And make the tongue to cease, But love still burns within the heart,
And will not hold its peace.
Oh let it then break forth to thee,
Our Father and our Lord,
Our future great reward.
Though weak the flesh may be ;
(Jactamur heu quot fluctibus. No. 19.)
WHEN storms and tempests o’er us roll,
Our hope is in the skies;
Before the prayer is made,
Thy strength is full display'd.
Thy mightier hand shall cure,
wrongs we now endure.
On all our labours past!
To reap such joys at last!
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
One mighty God of Heaven, All glory by the angel host,
And saints on earth, be given.
(Jubes, et in præceps aquis. No. 20.)
He speaks the word; the floods obey,
And sink into their bed : Emerging from her liquid veil,
Earth shows her new-born head.
This to His children, for their home,
The Father hath assigned ;
One common love should bind.
We've no abiding city here,
But there's a home above,
peace and holy love.
Their fellow-men molest,
Nor come unto thy rest.
But, Lord, our hearts with holy peace,
And love, and concord, join; These are the fruits that certify
That we are truly thine. Eternal glory be ascribed
To God, who reigns above, By whom is sent into our souls
The grace of holy love.
(Te principem summo, Deus. No. 21.)
Oh! 'tis our duty, first of all,
To love the Lord most high:
Of holy charity.
In thy great name begun;
Yet all our hearts are one.
And peace, and holy joy;
This sacred love destroy!
This holy rule to keep:
With weeping saints to weep.
Triune Jehovah! to thy name
Be endless glory given,
The hearts of thine for heaven.
(O quàm juvat fratres, Deus. No. 22.)
O LORD, how joyful 'tis to see