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1. O that the Lord would guide my ways To keep his stat-utes still!

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that my God would grant me grace To know and do his will!

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LOWELL MASON.

3 The testimonies of thy grace
I set before mine eyes;
Thence I derive my daily strength,
And there my comfort lies.

4 If once I wander from thy path,
I think upon my ways;
Then turn my feet to thy commands,
And trust thy pardoning grace.

5 Now I am thine, forever thine,
O, save thy servant, Lord!
Thou art my shield, my hiding-place,
My hope is in thy word.

Isaac Watts.

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120, 70, 114.

1 GOD's perfect law converts the soul,
Reclaims from false desires;
With sacred wisdom his sure word
The ignorant inspires.

2 The statutes of the Lord are just,
And bring sincere delight;
His pure commands of living truth
Assist the feeblest sight.

3 His perfect worship here is fixed,
On sure foundations laid;
His equal laws are in the scales
Of truth and justice weighed;

4 Of more esteem than golden mines,
Or gold refined with skill;
More sweet than honey, or the drops
That from the comb distill.

5 My trusty counselors they are,
And friendly warning give;
Divine rewards attend on those
Who by thy precepts live.

Anon.

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183, 147, 187.

2 My hopes of heaven were firm and bright:
But since the precept came
With a convincing power and light,
I find how vile I am.

3 My guilt appeared but small before,
Till terribly I saw

How perfect, holy, just, and pure,
Was thy eternal law.

4 Then felt my soul the heavy load,-
My sins revived again;

I had provoked a dreadful God,
And all my hopes were slain.

5 My God, I cry with every breath
For some kind power to save,
To break the yoke of sin and death,
And thus redeem the slave.

a live with out the law, And thought my sins were dead.

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Isaac Watts.

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201, 117, 187. 1 BLEST are the undefiled in heart, Whose ways are right and clean; Who never from thy law depart, But fly from every sin.

2 Blest are the men who keep thy word,
And practice thy commands;
With their whole heart they seek thee, Lord,
And serve thee with their hands.

3 Great is their peace who love thy law;
How firm their souls abide!
Nor can a bold temptation draw
Their steadfast feet aside.

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114, 7, 117.

1 THY law is perfect, Lord of light,
Thy testimonies sure;

The statutes of thy realm are right,
And thy commandments pure.

2 Let these, O God, my soul convert,
And make thy servant wise;
Let these be gladness to my heart,
The dayspring to mine eyes.

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5 By sin we are exposed to wrath ;

He died for us, that he might draw Our wandering feet to virtue's path,

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Where we may keep God's holy law.
That law shall still be our delight,-
The holy Sabbath is a part,-
And when we gain that world so bright,
All flesh shall keep it with one heart.

R. F. Cottrell.

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58, 219, 101.

1 AWAKE, my heart! my soul, arise! This is the day believers prize; Improve this Sabbath, then, with care; Another may not be thy share.

2 O, solemn thought! Lord, give me power, Wisely to fill up every hour; O for the wings of faith and love To bear my longing heart above! 3 Jesus, assist, nor let me fail

To worship thee within the vail, To glorify thy matchless grace, To see the beauties of thy face. 4 Be with me in thy house to-day,

And tune my heart to praise and pray; Command thy word to fall like dew, Refreshing, quickening all anew.

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Call forth my thoughts, and let them rove
O'er the green pastures of thy love;
O let not sin prevent my rest,

Nor keep me from my Saviour's breast.

Anon.

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4 This heavenly calm within the breast

Is the best pledge of glorious rest,
Which for the church of God remains,
The end of cares, the end of pains.

Samuel Stennett.

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Return, my soul, enjoy thy rest, Im-prove the day that God has blessed.

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68, 47, 212.

1 BLEST hour, when mortal man retires
To hold communion with his God,
To send to heaven his warm desires,
And listen to the sacred word.

2 Blest hour, when earthly cares resign
Their empire o'er his anxious breast;
While all around, the calm divine
Proclaims the holy day of rest.

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212, 343, 514.

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212, 343, 101.

2 Come, bless the Lord, whose love assigns 1 WE'VE entered now on holy time,
So sweet a rest to weary minds:
A blessed antepast is given,

God's blessed rest-day all divine;
The labors of the week are past,
Now let earth's cares aside be cast.

On this day more than all the seven.
30 that our thoughts and thanks may rise
As grateful incense to the skies,
And draw from Christ that sweet repose
Which none but he who feels it knows.

4 Blest hour! for, where the Lord resorts,
Foretastes of future bliss are given;
And mortals find his earthly courts

The house of God, the gate of heaven.]
Thomas Raffles.

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2 0 let us help repair the breach,

And all of God's commandments teach,
Calling his rest-day our delight,
Thus walking blameless in his sight,
3 This holy rest to us is given,

To call our minds from earth to heaven;
That we may not forget the Lord,
And trample down his holy word.
4 The faith of Jesus, too, we need;
For thus the flying angel said:
Commands of God and Jesus' faith
Will shield us in the day of wrath.

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223, 101, 58.

1 THUS far we're spared again to meet
Before Jehovah's mercy-seat;
To seek his face, to sing and pray,
And hail another Sabbath-day.

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3 Blest hour, when God himself draws nigh,
Well pleased his people's voice to hear,
To hush the penitential sigh,

Now met to praise his holy name,
Whose mercies flow each day the same,
Whose kind compassions never cease,
We seek instruction, pardon, peace.

And wipe away the mourner's tear.

3 Let every tongue its silence break,
Let every one his goodness speak,
Who deigns his glory to display
On each returning Sabbath-day,

Anon.

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