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2117 “David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to
be the singers with instruments of music."-1 Chron. xv. 16.
F1 COME forth, O Christian brothers,
In ordered fair array ;
To greet your festal day!
Your hearts and voices raise,
And tread His courts with praise ! 2 Here, joined in holy union,
Assembling year by year,
Before Him we appear ;
Our hearts receive the word,
The house of David's Lord !
P 4 Yet who may venture nigh Thee,
Or who may touch Thine ark ?
The heaven of heavens is dark,
Whose scourge is strong to smite,
Thy Temple day and night!
With veiled faces bow;
Who dare to seek Thee now;
Thy robe of whiteness fling,
Prepared and owned by Thee,
A whole burnt offering be ;
Our praises shall unite,
De pleasing in Thy sight! Amen.
3 Levites of that new Temple
Not built by human hands,
One Priest for ever stands;
Through Him our vows we pay, The fruit of lips made ready
To give Him thanks to-day.
“Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.”—Exod. xiv. 15.
F 1 FORWARD go in glad accord,
Ye who know your risen Lord ! Let the strain of fervent love Lift each drooping heart above. Dark and troublous though the day, Cast unworthy care away; Trust in Him whose mighty hand Guards the Church and rules the land ! 2 Forward still and let the strain
Tell of triumph yet again ;
In our Father's courts appear ;
Here nor hate nor strife be found ; "Here let love and peace abound ;
S Let us offer, while we sing,
Jesus calls, and goes before !
Songs of triumph, joy, and praise. 5 Forward go !--the saints above
Still prolong the strain of love ;
Also the following:MARCH, march onward, soldiers true (431). On our way rejoicing (478). O GOD of Hosts, the mighty Lord (443). ONWARD, Christian soldiers (480). O LORD, how joyful 'tis to see (453). REJOICE, ye pure in heart (489). SING Alleluia forth in duteous praise (497).
“Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.”—Ps. cl. 4.
Also the following:-
2920 “ The Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all
means.”—2 Thess. iii. 16. PI With the sweet word of peace M4 With the strong word of faith We bid our brethren go;
We stay ourselves on Thee ;
That Thou, O Lord, in life and death,
Their help shalt be. P 2 With the calm word of prayer
F 5 Then the bright word of hope We earnestly commend
Shall on our parting gleam, Our brethren to Thy watchful care,
And tell of joys beyond the scope Eternal Friend!
Of earthborn dream. P 3 With the dear word of love
6 p Farewell! in hope, and love, We give our brief farewell ;
p In faith, and peace, and prayer ; Our love below, and Thine above cres. Till He whose home is ours above With them shall dwell.
f Unite us there! Amen.