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4 O God! ere the day of thy mercy be past,

With trembling our souls on thy mercy wecast:
O guide us in wisdom ! thine aid we implore;
Till, sav'd with thy people, thy grace we adore.

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8.7.7. Christ coming suddenly.

Luke xii, 35, 36. 1 Thess. v, 1-8.
1 LITTLE know we of the season,

When the world shall pass away;
But we know the saints have reason

To expect a glorious day,
When the Saviour will return,

And his people cease to mourn.
2 While a careless world is sleeping,

Then it is the day will come;
Mirth shall then be turned to weeping;

Sinners then must meet their doom;
But the people of the Lord

Shall obtain their bright reward.
3 Waiting for our Lord's returning,

Be it ours his word to keep;
Let our lamps be always burning;

Let us watch while others sleep:
We're no longer of the night;
We are children of the light.

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Rejoicing in Christ's reign.
Phil, iv, 4, 5. Heb. I, 3. Rev. i, 18.
1 REJOICE ! the Lord is King!

Your Lord and King adore:
Mortals, give thanks, and sing,

And triumph evermore.
Lift up your hearts, lift up your voice;

Rejoice! again I say, rejoice! 2 Jesus the Saviour reigns,

The God of truth and love;
When He had purg'd our stains,

He took his seat above..
Lift up your hearts, lift up your voice;

Rejoice! again I say, rejoice! 3[His kingdom cannot fail;

He rules o’er earth and heav'n:
The keys of death and hell

Are to our Jesus giv'n.
Lift up your hearts, lift up your voice;

Rejoicel again I say, rejoice !] 4 He sits at God's right hand,

Till all his foes submit;
And bow at his command,

And fall beneath his feet.
Lift up your hearts, lift up your voice;
Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!

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5 Rejoice in glorious hope;

Jesus the Judge shall come,
And take his servants up

To their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th' archangel's voice;
The trump of God shall sound, Rejoice!

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C. M. Christ's second coming desired.

Rev. xxii, 20.
1 “Behold, I come! I quickly come!

“On clouds of glory fly!""
“E'en so, come Lord! o quickly come!”

Our waiting souls reply. 2 Come, raise thy servants' mould'ring dust,

And all their frames refine;
Till, fashion'd like thy glorious form,

They in full beauty shine. 3 Come, loose these bonds of flesh and 'sin,

And end our pains and cares;
Bear us to thy serene abode

Beyond the shining stars.
4 O come, amid thy heavenly hosts,

Our humble names to own;
And lead the full assembly on

To dwell around thy throne.

. 5 With winged speed, O Saviour! come;

Bring in the glorious day:
Our wearied spirits faint and fails

Beneath thy long delay.

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8. 8.6. Readiness for Christ's coming implored.

Rev. x3, 11-15. 1 WHEN Thou, my righteous Judge, shalt come To fetch thy ransom'd people home,

Shall I among them stand? Shall such a worthless worm as I, Who sometimes am afraid to die,

Be found at thy right hand ?
2 I love to meet among them now,
Before thy gracious feet to bow,

Though vilest of them all:
But can I bear the piercing thought,
What if my name should be left out,

When Thou for them shalt call.
3 Prevent, prevent it by thy grace;
Be Thou, dear Lord, my hiding-place,

In this th' accepted day:
Thy pard'ning voice, O let me hear,
To still my unbelieving fear;

Nor let me fall away.

in Advent. 4 Let me among thy saints be found, Whene'er th' archangel's trump shall sound,

To see thy glorious face:
Then loudest of the choir I'll sing,
While heaven's resounding mansions ring

With shouts of sov’reign grace.

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Christ our hope in the day of wrath.

Rom. viii, 1. 2 Pet. iii, 7-10. Rev. vi, 14. 1 The day of wrath, that dreadful day,

When heaven and earth shall pass away!
What power shall be the sinner's stay?
How shall he meet that dreadful day?

2 When, shriv'lling like a parched scroll,

The flaming heavens together roll,
And louder yet, and yet more dread,
Swells the high trump that wakes the dead:

3 Oh! on that day, that wrathful day,

When man to judgment wakes from clay; Be Thou, O Christ! the sinner's stay, Though heaven and earth shall pass away.

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