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3 Up to her courts with joys unknown
The holy tribes repair;
The Son of David holds his throne,
And sits injudgment there.

4 He hears our praises and complaints;
And while his awful voice
Divides the sinners from the saints,
We tremble and rejoice.

5 Peace be within this sacred place,
And joy a constant guest?
With holy gifts and heavenly grace
Be her attendants blest ||

6 My soul shall pray for Zion still,
While life or breath remains;
There my best friends, my kindred dwell,
There God my Saviour reigns.

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1 How sweet, how heavenly is the sight,
When those who love the Lord
In one another's peace delight,
And so fulfil his word '

2 O may we feel each brother's sigh,
And with him bear a part;
May sorrows flow from eye to eye,
And joy from heart to heart!

3 Free us from envy, scorn, and pride,
Our wishes fix above;
May each his brother's failing hide,
And show a brother's love.

4 Let love, in one delightful stream,
Through every bosom flow;
And union sweet, and fond esteem, **
In every action glow.

5 Love is the golden chain that binds The happy souls above;

And he's an heir of heaven who finds
His bosom glow with love.

39.

God praised for his mercies.—Psalm crxxvi.
1 LET us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind:
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
2 He, with all-commanding might,
Fill'd the new-made world with light:
For his mercies shall endure,
• Ever faithful, ever sure.
3 All things living He doth feed:
His full hand supplies their need:
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
4 He his chosen race did bless,
In the wasteful wilderness:
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
5 He hath with a piteous eye,
Look’d upon our misery:
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
6 Let us then, with gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind;
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

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1 LORD, Thou hast search'd and seen me through ,
Thine eye commands with piercing view
My rising and my resting hours,
My heart and flesh with all their powers.

2 My thoughts, before they are my own,
Are to my God distinctly known;

He knows the words I mean to speak
Ere from my opening lips they break.
3 Within thy circling power I stand;
On every side I find thy hand;
Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,
I am surrounded still with God.
4 Amazing knowledge, vast and greats
What large extent! what lofty height!
My soul, with all the powers I boast,
Is in the boundless prospect lost.

5 O may these thoughts possess my breast,
Where’er Irove, where’er I rest;
Nor let my weaker passions dare
Consent to sin, for God is there !

4 I. The folly of Self-dependence.—Prov. iii. 5. 1 THE swift not always in the race Shall seize the crowning prize; Not always wealth and honour grace The labour of the wise.

2 Fond mortals but themselves beguile When on themselves they rest: Blind is their wisdom, weak their toil, By Thee, O Lord, unbless'd.

3 Evil and good before Thee stand,
Thy missions to perform;
The blessing comes at thy command,
At thy command the storm.

4 O Lord, in all our ways we'll own
Thy providential power,
Intrusting to thy care alone
The lot of every hour.

42. The Latter Day's Glory.—Isa. ii. 2–6.

1 BEHOLD! the mountain of the Lord
In latter days shall rise

On mountain tops, above the hills,
And draw the wondering eyes.

2 To this the joyful nations round,
All tribes and tongues shall flow;
Up to the hill of God, they'll say,
And to his house, we'll go.

3 The beam that shines from Zion hill
Shall lighten every land;
The King who reigns in Salem's towers
Shall all the world command.

4. Among the nations He shall judge;
His judgments truth shall guide;
His sceptre shall protect the just,
And quell the sinner's pride.

5 No strife shall rage, nor hostile feuds
Disturb those peaceful years;
To ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
To pruning-hooks their spears.

6 No longer hosts encountering hosts,
Shall crowds of slain deplore;
They hang the trumpet in the hall,
And study war no more.

7 Come then, O house of Jacob come
To worship at his shrine;
And, walking in the light of God,
With holy beauties shine.

43. A Light to lighten the Gentiles.—Isa. ix. 2–8.

1 THE race that long in darkness pined,
Have seen a glorious light;
The people dwell in day, who dwelt
In death's surrounding night.

2 To hail thy rise, Thou better Sun!
The gathering nations come,
Joyous, as when the reapers bear
The harvest-treasures home.

3 For Thou our burden hast removed, And quell'd the oppressor's sway; Quick as the slaughter'd squadrons fell, In Midian's evil day.

4. To us a child of Hope is born,
To us a Son is given :
Him shall the tribes of earth obey,
Him, all the hosts of heaven.

5 His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
For evermore adored,
The Wonderful, the Counsellor,
The great and mighty Lord.

6 His power, increasing, still shall spread;
His reign no end shall know;
Justice shall guard his throne above,
And peace abound below.

44.

The Pilgrim's Song.—Isa. xxxv. 8–10. I SING, ye redeemed of the Lord, Your great Deliverer sing; Pilgrims, for Zion's city bound, Bejoyful in your king. 2 See the fair way his hand hath made, How peaceful and how plain: The simplest traveller shall not err, Nor seek the road in vain.

3 No ravening lion shall destroy,

Nor lurking serpent wound;
Safety, support, and heavenly joy,
Through all the way are found.

4. A hand divine shall lead you on,
Along the blissful road;
Till to the sacred mount ye rise,
And city of your God.

5 There garlands of immortal joy, Shall bloom on every head;

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