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Witnesses for Jesus.

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and let us sweetly join,
Christ to praise in hymns divine;
Give we all, with one accord,
Glory to our common Lord;
Hands, and hearts, and voices raise;
Sing as in the ancient days;
Antedate the joys above,
Celebrate the feast of love.
2 Strive we, in affection strive ;
Let the purer flame.revive,
Such as in the martyrs glowed,
Dying champions for their God:
We like them may live and love;
Called we are their joys to prove,
Saved with them from future wrath,
Partners of like precious faith.
3 Sing we, then, in Jesus' name,
Now as yesterday the same;
One in every time and place,
Full for all of truth and grace:
We for Christ, our Master, stand,
Lights in a benighted land:
We our dying Lord confess;
We are Jesus' witnesses.

Charles Wesley.

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Many, but one.

7. YHRIST, from whom all blessings flow,

C'Perfecting the saints below,

Hear us, who thy nature share,
Who thy mystic body are.
Join us, in one spirit join,
Let us still receive of thine;
Still for more on thee we call,
Thou who fillest all in all.
2 Move, and actuate, and guide,
Divers gifts to each divide;

Placed according to thy will,
Let us all our work fulfill;
Never from our office move;
Needful to each other prove;
Let us daily growth receive,
More and more in Jesus live.
3 Sweetly may we all agree,
Touched with softest sympathy;
Kindly for each other care;
Every member feel its share.
Many are we now and one,
We who Jesus have put on;
Names, and sects, and parties fall:
Thou, O Christ, art all in all.

Charles Wesley.

807
When shall we meet again?

6,5. HEN shall we meet again,

Meet ne'er to sever?
When will peace wreathe her chain

Round us forever?
Our hearts will ne'er repose,
Safe from each blast that blows,
In this dark vale of woes,

Never—no, never!
2 When shall love freely flow

Pure as life's river?
When shall sweet friendship glow

Changeless forever?
Where joys celestial thrill,
Where bliss each heart shall fill,
And fears of parting chill

Never-10, never!
3 Up to that world of light

Take us, dear Saviour; May we all there unite,

Happy forever;

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Where kindred spirits dwell,
There may our music swell,
And time our joys dispel

Never-no, never!
4 Soon shall we meet again,

Meet ne'er to sever;
Soon shall peace wreathe her chain

Round us forever;
Our hearts will then repose
Secure from worldly woes;
Our songs of praise shall close

Never—no, never!

Alaric A. Watts.

THE MINISTRY.

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Ministers' prayer.

7,6.

That whitens o'er the plain, Where angels soon shall gather

Their sheaves of golden grain; Accept these hands to labor,

These hearts to trust and love, And deign with them to hasten

Thy kingdom from above. 2 As laborers in thy vineyard,

Send us, O Christ, to be Content to bear the burden

Of weary days for thee; We ask no other wages,

When thou shalt call us bome, But to have shared the travail

Which makes thy kingdom come. 3 Come down, thou Holy Spirit !

And fill our souls with light, Clothe us in spotless raiment,

In linen clean and white.

Beside thy sacred altar

Be with us, where we stand,
To sanctify thy people

Through all this happy land.

John 8. B. Monsell.

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Entire dependence on Christ.

C. P. M.

the The best concerted schemes are vain, And never can succeed; We spend our wretched strength for naught; But if our works in thee be wrought,

They shall be blest indeed. 2 Lord, if thou didst thyself inspire Our souls with this intense desire

Thy goodness to proclaim; Thy glory if we now intend, o let our deeds begin and end

Complete in Jesus' name.
3 Now, Jesus, now thy love impart,
To govern each devoted heart,

And fit us for thy will;
Deep founded in the truth of grace,
Build up thy rising Church, and place

The city on the hill.
4 O let our love and faith abound;
O let our lives, to all around,

With purest luster shine;
That all around our works may see,
And give the glory, Lord, to thee,

The heavenly light divine.

Charles Wesley.

810
Heralds of the cross.

L. M. 10 forth, ye heralds, in My name,

Sweetly the gospel trumpet sound; The glorious jubilee proclaim,

Where'er the human race is found.

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2 The joyful news to all impart,

And teach them where salvation lies; With care bind up the broken heart,

And wipe the tears from weeping eyes. 3 Be wise as serpents, where you go,

But harmless as the peaceful dove; And let your heaven-taught conduct show

Ye are commissioned from above. 4 Freely from me ye have received,

Freely, in love, to others give;
Thus shall your doctrines be believed,

And, by your labors, sinners live.

John Logan.

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He giveth the increase.

L. M.
IGH on his everlasting throne,

The King of saints his work surveys; Marks the dear souls he calls his own,

And smiles on the peculiar race. 2 He rests well pleased their toils to see;

Beneath his easy yoke they move; With all their heart and strength agree

In the sweet labor of his love.
3 See where the servants of the Lord,

A busy multitude, appear;
For Jesus day and night employed,

His heritage they toil to clear. 4 The love of Christ their hearts constrains,

And strengthens their unwearied hands; They spend their sweat, and blood, and pains,

To cultivate Immanuel's lands. 5 Jesus their toil delighted sees,

Their industry vouchsafes to crown; He kindly gives the wished increase,

And sends the promised blessing down.

Augustus G. Spangenberg Tr. by J. Wesley.

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