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Still may we stand before Thy face,
Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769), 1731. Tr. by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791), 1739. Ab, and alt.
"Ask what I shall give thee."-1 KINGS iii. 5.
The promise calls me near;
2 My soul, ask what thou wilt,
3 Thine image, Lord, bestow,
Conform my will to Thine,
Rev. John Newton (1725-1807), 1779. Ab.
Importunity in prayer.-LUKE Xviii. 1-7. I OUR Lord, who knows full well The heart of every saint, Invites us all our griefs to tell, To pray, and never faint.
2 He bows His gracious ear,
3 Jesus, the Lord, will hear
His chosen when they cry;
And though He may a while forbear,
4 Then let us earnest be,
And never faint in prayer; He loves our importunity,
And makes our cause His care.
Rev. John Newton (1725-1807), 1779. Ab. and alt,
"Sweet is the Work."
I SWEET is the work, O Lord,
To praise Thy Name, and hear thy Word,
2 Sweet, at the dawning light,
3 Sweet, on this day of rest,
To join in heart and voice
With those who love and serve Thee best, And in Thy Name rejoice.
4 To songs of praise and joy
Miss Harriet Auber (1773-1862), 1820. Alt.
I COME, we that love the Lord,
And thus surround the throne.
2 Let those refuse to sing
That never knew our God;
The men of grace have found
4 The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Then let our songs abound,
Rev. Isaac Watts (1674-1748), 1709. Ad.
The Sabbath given to our Fathers.-Ps. lxxxi.
Let hearts and instruments unite
2 This is His holy house,
3 The Sabbath to our sires
In mercy first was given ; The Church her Sabbaths still requires To speed her on to Heaven.
4 We still, like them of old,
Are in the wilderness;
5 Then let us open wide
Our hearts for Him to fill;
Rev. Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), 1834.
Asking of God,-1 KINGS iii. 5.
I COME, my soul, thy suit prepare,
2 With my burden I begin,
Lord, remove this load of sin;
3 Lord, I come to Thee for rest, Take possession of my breast;
There Thy bood-bought right maintain, And without a rival reign.
4 While I am a pilgrim here,
5 Show me what I have to do,
Rev. John Newton (1725-1807), 1779.
The fading Light.
I SOFTLY now the light of day
2 Thou, whose all-pervading eye
3 Soon, for me, the light of day
4 Thou who, sinless, yet hast known All of man's infirmity;
Then, from Thine eternal throne,
Bp. George Washington Doane (1799-1859), 1824.
I THROUGH the passing of the week,
3 Thou hast set our daily task,
Grace and strength from Thee we ask;