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There is a world above,
Where parting is unknown-
A long eternity of love,

Form'd for the saints alone:
And faith beholds the dying here
Translated to that glorious sphere.

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Thus star by star declines,

Till all are pass'd away;
As morning high and higher shines

To pure and perfect day:
Nor sink those stars in empty night,
But hide themselves in heaven's own light.

Ember Weeks.
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Prayer for ministers.
Matt. xxv, 21. 2 Thess. lii, l.

8. 8. 6.

1 LORD of the church! we humbly pray
For those, who guide us in thy way, .

And speak thy holy word;
With love divine their hearts inspire,
And touch their lips with hallow d fire,

And needful grace afford.

2 Help them to preach the truth of God; Redemption through the Saviour's blood:

Nor let the Spirit cease
On all the church his gifts to shower-
To them, a Messenger of power;

To us, of life and peace. 3 So may they live to Thee alone; Then hear the welcome word-Well done!

And take their crown above; Enter into their Master's joy, And all eternity employ

In peace, and bliss, and love.

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Pleading for those who plead for Goch

2 Cor. ii, 16. Eph. vi, 18-20.
1 FATHER of mercies! bow thine ear,

Attentive to our earnest prayer;
We plead for those who plead for Thee;

Successful pleaders may they be! 2 How great their work! how vast their charge!

Do Thou their anxious souls enlarge;
To them thy sacred truth reveal,
Suppress their fear, inflame their zoal.

3 Teach them to sow the precious seed;

Teach them thy chosen flock to feed;
Teach them immortal souls to gain-

Souls that will well reward their pain. 4 Let thronging multitudes around

Hear from their lips the joyful sound;
In humble strains thy grace implore,

And feel thy new-creating power. . 5 Let sinners break their massive chains,

Distressed souls forget their pains;
Let light through distant realms be spread,
And Žion rear her drooping head.

Missions at Home. 388

8. 7.7. The gospel-trumpet. Ps. Ixxxix, 15. Isa. xxvii, 13. 2 Cor. iv, 13.. 1 HARK! the solemn trumpet sounding

Loud proclaims the jubilee;
'Tis the voice of grace abounding,

Grace to sinners, rich and free:
Ye, who know the joyful sound,
Publish it to all around.

2 Is the name of Jesus precious?

Does his love your spirits cheer?
Do you find Him kind and gracious,

Still removing doubt and fear?
Think how many still are found

Strangers to the joyful sound.
3 Brethren! join in supplication,

Join to plead before the Lord;
'Tis his arm that brings salvation;

He alone can give the word:
Father! let thy kingdom come;

Bring thy wand'ring outcasts home. 4 Brethren! let us freely offer;

All we have is from above:
Let us give, and act, and suffer:

What is this to Jesu's love?
Did He die our souls to save?

His we are and all we have.
Missions to the Colonies.
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6-8's. Care for the souls of our scattered fellow-countrymen.

Acts xvi, 12, 13. Philem. 15. 1 Pet. iv, 10. 1 CHURCHES of Christ, by God's right hand

Thick planted in this favour'd land,
If to your hearts his word be dear,
O think of those who pine to hear,
Far from their native shores exil'd,
A pastor's voice amid the wild!

to the Colonies.
2 O let a voice of comfort bless

The lone and rugged wilderness!
Send faithful shepherds forth to feed
The scatter'd wand'rers in their need:
Straight paths for feeble knees prepare,

And drooping hands sustain by prayer. 3 The heathen, who in darkness lay,

Wake to the dawn of heavenly day;
But shall a worse than pagan night
O'ertake the race that dwelt in light,
And Britain's God to Britons, thrown

On distant shores, become unknown?
4 Great Shepherd of the ransom'd seed !

For thy dispersed ones we plead:
How shall these multitudes be fed ?
'Tis thine to multiply the bread:
Richly hast Thou our wants supplied;
By us for them, for all, provide.

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Missions to the Jews. 390

The severed olive-branch. Zech, xii, 10. Rom. xi, 23. 2 Cor. iii, 14-16. 1 GREAT God of Abraham! hear our prayer;

Let Abraham's seed thy mercy share;
Oh! may they now at length return,
And look on Him they pierced, and mourn.

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