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2 Lord Jesus, let us be thine own,

643.* T. 121. And ever thine remain, We now ourselves to the commend, IN Jesus' love and

peace, With thy whole chosen train :

On earth's extended face, Till thou shalt fully have obtain'd

Dwell our congregations : With us thy thoughts of peace,

Both here, and o'er the seas, When we, in joys which never end,

We raise our supplications, Shall see thee face to face.

That the God of

grace All of us may bless, Till the end of days,

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644.* . T. 121. SHELTER our souls most graciously LORD Jesus, by thy death,

Within thy open'd side ;
Move them from ev'ry harm away, Whereon we trust by faith,
And in thy safeguard hide:

Thy wounds, thy pierced side,
O let our names in life's blest rolls Thy agony and sweat,
Inscrib'd be ever found,

Preserve the church, thy bride,
And in life's bundle may our souls Till thou com’st again,

Be fast and firmly bound ! Prince of life once slain ! :ll:

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XXXII. Of the Servants and Witnesses of the Lord, and

the Spreading of his Kingdom upon Earth. 645.*

The love of Christ their hearts con

strains, High on his everlasting throne, And strengthens their unweary'd The Lord of hosts his work surveys,

hands, He marks the souls which are his own, They spend their blood, and sweat, And smiles on his peculiar race;

and pains, He rests well pleas'd their toil to see,

To cultivate Immanuel's lands. Beneath his easy yoke they move, 4. Where'er the faithful lab'rers are, With all their heart and strength agree The steps of industry we view, In the sweet labor of his love.

They Satan's seed root up with care,

And in its stead the gospel sow; 2 His eye the world at once looks thro' This seed they water with their tears, A vast uncultivated field,

Then long for the returning word, Mountains and vallies meet his view, Happy if all their pains and cares

And all a barren prospect yield; Clear'd of the thorns by civil care,

Can bring forth fruit to please their

Lord.
A few less dreary wastes are seen,
Yet still they all continue bare,

5 Jesus their work delighted sees, And not one spot of earth is green,

Their industry vouchsafes to crown,

He kindly gives the wish'd increase, 3 See, where the servants of their God, And sends the promis’d blessing down; A busy multitude appear,

Then plenteous show'rs of grace bedew For Jesus day and night employ'd, And fructify the parched ground, The ground for him they toil to The plants spring up, they thrive&grow,

The earth looks fruitful all around.

clear;

6 He prospers all his servants' toils, That each beholder may in ds

And us his flock in mercy chose ; Thy image clearly trace, Yea on us undeserved smiles,

And in our words and walk discern And choicest blessings he bestows: That we are led by gtace. We, follwers of the bleeding Lamb, 3 In these our days exalt thy name, Will firmly to his word adhere,

Thy precious gospel spread, Of him, amidst reproach and shame, That for the travail of thy soul With joy our testimony béar.

Thou may'st behold thy seed; 7 Here many faithful souls are found, O may thy knowledge fill the earth,

Withgenuineloveto Christendow'd, Increase the number' still Led by the Holy Ghost, and crown's Of those who in thy word believe, As kings and priests to serve their And do thy holy will. God;

4 Thanks, Jesus, for thy sacred blood, Burning with zeal, by love divine Constrain'd, themselves they freely All without this is cold and dead

That precious healing stream, give, Their wealth and life for Christ te- That virtue is of no avail,

However good it seem; sign,

Which takes not hence its rise : For him they gladly die or live.

Thy blood were else of no effect, 8 What can we offer thee, O Lord ? That blood of so great price.

How worthily set forth thy praise? 5 Lord, by thy Spirit us prepare Fain would we preach thy saving word,

To follow thy command; And dying love in ev'ry place;

To execute thy utmost aim,
In thee believe, thee love and serve ;

And in thy presence stand,
To thee our life, our all we owe,
Who dost 'midst danger us preserve,

As servants willing to be us’d,

Who in thy work delight, And mercies numberless bestow,

And offer freely praise and pray'r, 9 may our lives thy' pow'r proclaim, As incense, day and night. Thy grace for ev'ry sinner free,

6 Heretó we cheerful That thousands still may know thy name,

say

Amen!

We have this truth avow'd, Humbly adore and worship thee;

That we in spirit, body, soul, Open a door, which earth and hell Striving to shut, may strive in vain, who touch'd, and drew, and wood

Are bound to serve our God Grant that thy word may richly dwell' Who touch’d, and drew, and wood

our hearts, Among us, and our fruit remain.

And conquer'd us by love; 646.*

To him we have engag'd ourselves,

O may we faithful prove !
Is this indeed our happy lot,
T'exalt thee, slaughter'd Lamb!

647.* Who art thou ! who can right describe

Thy great and glorious name! PRAISE be to God the Holy Ghost, And who are we, that we should take Who Jesus in the heart displays,

This mighty task in hand! That he the num'rous faithful host We helpless sinners, base and vile: Of blest departed witnesses,

Sure we must blushing stand. Who now in heav'n are perfected, 2 There hast thou us,most graciousKing! To Christ by his instruction led.

To thee our hearts are bound! 2 Christ crucify'd we own as God, Our knowledge yet extends not far, Tho' we were scorn'd by all manOgrant us deeper ground:

kind,

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T. 9o.

He is our Motto most ayow'd;

648.

T. 9o.
Io such'in spirit we are join'd,
And them as brethren gladly own,

The doctrine of our dying Lord,

The faith he on mount Calv'ry seald, Who by this Shibboleth are known,

We sign, asserting ev'ry word 3 He, who was scorned on the tree, Which in his gospel is reveald,

He, whom his nation still disown, As truth divine, and curs'd are they Who marks with glorious infamy Who add thereto or take away.

All who are as his foll'wers known, 2 We stedfastly this truth maintain, He is the church's Lord and Head,

That none is righteous, no not one; By whom we graciously are led,

That in the Lanıb, for sinners slain, 4 We stand unto this

very
hour

We're justify'd by faith alone;
In one firm bond of peace and love ; And all who in his name believe,
We
e are at enmity no more,

Christ and his righteousness receive.
But reconcil'd to God above : 3 Our works and merits we disclaim,
As children we by him are own’d, Opposing all self-righteousness,
Since Christ for all our sins aton'd, Ev'n our best actions we condemn
5 All ye who gospel-preachers are,

As ineffectual, and confess, Adhere to Jesus crucify'd,

Whoe'er thereon doth place his trust, And watch with unremitting care,

And not on Jesus, will be lost. That you in your first love abide;

4 He is our Master, Lord and God, Whoe'er forsakes it can't but feel The fulness of the Three in One, A want of apostolic zeal.

His life, death, righteousness and blood,

Our faith's foundation is alone, 6 Heralds of grace would ye commence, His Godhead and his death shall be of grace first self-experienc'd be;

Our theme to all eternity. And by the gospel you dispense

5 On him we'll venture all we have, Yourselves be reconcild and free:

Our lives, our all to him we owe; When pardon, grace and life

None else is able us to save, Then publish it to all mankind.

Noughtbutthe Saviour willweknow; We join the ransom'd church of God, This we subseribe with heart and hand, His blood-bought, blood-besprinkled Resolu'd thro' grace thereby to stand, train,

6 This now with heav'n's resplendent To publish the good news abroad,

host That only thro' the Lamb once slain We ocho thro' the church of God, The world may gain a full release Among the heathen make our boast From all their sins and endless

grace. Of Jesus' saving death and blood; 8 Christ's ransom'd people rest enjoy, In showing forth his love divine.

We loud like many waters join,
Upon his arm they lean in peace,
To follow him is their employ,

649. In this most blessed time of grace :

O GLORIOUS Master of thy house, They preach their Saviour crucify'd,

Thou know'st the thoughts of ev'ry Determin'd nought to know beşide.

breast, 9 In life they witness this, with pow'r To thee each servant gladly goes,

That strikes and fastens in the heart, Like Noah's dove, for peace and rest, And when this mortal period's o’er, Indeed the waters overflow.

And they in peace to Christ depart, The world all o'er, and us withstand; Their dying looks, serene and fair, Few will our mind and purpose know, Bears witness that they christians are. Few comprehend thy blest command.

you find,

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have won.

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2 But we can hope thy word and grace | But Jesus, thro' his tender care,
Will soften many a heart of stone;

Which is at all times present,
What means can help the human race? Revives the weary traveller
The same which our poor hearts Again by ways more pleasant.

2 thou the sole defence and aid Tho' carnal reason stand to faith

Of all the weak and feeble, Oppos'd, the wounded conscience Thou strong support in time of need, flies

And Saviour of thy people : To the blest doctrine of thy death,

Uphold us, Lord, most pow'rfully, And all-atoning sacrifice.

With thy divine assistance, 3 Thy pow'rful presence, Lord,display, And grant us constant victory Or else in vain the sun we see ;

When meeting with resistance. Thou art our life, our truth, our way, 13 We offer gladly unto thee

We have no comfort, but in thee: Our spirit, soul and body : Vouchsafe to us thy unction, Lord, We promise thee fidelity

Where'er obedient to thy, call And loyalty most steady ; We go, thy help to us afford, Thou surely wilt thy cause maintain, And ever be our All in all,

Nor leave thy work unfinish’d;

Thy servants many conquests gain,
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T. 22.

Tho'in appearance vanquish'd.
SHALL I, thro' fear of feeble man,
The Spirit's fire in me restrain ?

T. 58.
Aw'd by a mortal's frown, shall I REDEEMER of mankind, God of all
Conceal the word of God most High?

grace, 2 Shall I, to soothe th' unholy throng ! Pour fire and spirit on thy witnesses, Soften thy truth, and smooth my tongue? Preaching thy salvation, by love conTo gain earth's gilded toys, or flee strained : The cross endur'd, my God, by thee! Thus thousands more for thee shall still

be gained,

By thy blest word, 3 No, fearless I'll in deed and word Witness of thee, my gracious Lord; 2 O may thy ransom'd people ev'ry My life and blood I here present,

where If for thy truth they may be spent. Of this great truth for ever witness bear, 4 For this let men revile my name,

That whoe'er believeth in Christ's reNo cross I shun, I fear no shame;

demption

May find free grace, and a complete I no reproach nor sufforings dread,

exemption From serving sin, Is Christ with me, I'm not afraid.

3 Ourelders and allother servants bless, 5 Give me thy strength, O God of

To all their undertakings give success : pow'r;

Gracious Lord, afford them thy SpiThen let winds blow, or thunders roar, I need not fear by sea or land,

rit's unction, For thou, my God, wilt by me stand.

That they may faithfully fulfil the

function, To which they're calld. 651.*

4 Grant none among us may inactivebe,

Enable us to serve thee cheerfully, We often, in our course thro' time, Render thou successful each step and Have rugged roads to travel ;

action, Faith's fortitude must sometimes climb, Which we perform, Lord, under thy And paths uneven level;

direction, And in thy name.

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be

where we go.

5 Let more unto thy church collected 655.*

T. 146.

LORD, grant thy servants grace, In ev'ry quarter, to yield joy to thee, Here, and o'er the ocean, in all her

The needful gifts and unction, stations ;

That with due faithfulness And, O impart to the most savage na

They may discharge their function; tions Thy saving grace! That all things as they ought

May punctually be done ;
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And with success, when wrought, LORD JESUS, who hast called us

Their work vouchsafe to crown. To magnífy thy name,

2 We pray thee, bless them all, And preach the doctrine of thy cross And prosper their endeavor,

Amidst reproach and shame; In their important call, 2 We thee intreat with one accord :

To serve thee, gracious Saviour ;

Thou listnest to our pray’rs,
Thy ministers prepare
To lead thy flock,
and preach thy word, The faithful ministers

And surely wilt uphold
With meekness, zeal and care.

Of thy redeemed fold. 3 Without thy aid we nought can do,

But by thy pow'r we know, Weak as we are, we're heroes too,

656. T. 22. Who conquer

BE present with thy servants, Lord,

We look to thee with one accord; 654. T. 56.

Refresh and strengthen us anew, YEwho called :||: to Christ's service are, And bless what in thy name we do. Join together:/: both in work and pray'r; 2 O teach us all, thy perfect will Venture all on him our Lord,

To understand, and to fulfil ; Who assures us in his word,

When human insight fails, give light, That we'reconstant::objects ofhiscare. This will direct our steps aright. 2 Show'rs of blessings :|]: from the 3 The Lord's joy be our strength and Lord proceed,

In our employ from day to day; [stay Strength supplying :/: in the time of Our thoughts and our activity

need ; For no servant of our King

Thro' Jesus' merits hallow'd be, Ever lacked any thing, He will never:j: break the bruised reed. 3 Lord have mercy :: on each land Most faithful Lord, thyself reveal; and place

[of peace, Where thy servants :|: preach the word My eyes with contrite tears o'erflow,

My heart with gratitude doth glow, Life and pow's on them bestow, Them with needful strength endow,

But adequate expressions fail. That with boldness :/: they may thee 2 If I were free from all distress, confess,

Had to converse with none but thee, May we faithful :il in our service be, Were I from ev'ry burden free,

Then nothing could my soul oppress : Truly careful :|: in our ministry; Keep us to thy church fast bound, 3 But I have trials to go thro', In the faith preserve us sound, And hardships oftentimes to meet : Often weeping :ll: grateful tears 'fore And, conscious of my wants, intreat thee,

Thee, Lord, to teach me what to do, Bb

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