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2Thechurch'submits to Christ,her Lord;
" Thy will be done,” we pray: THOUBridegroom of the soul! behold This teacheth wives, who love God's This part of thy beloved fold;
With meekness to obey; [word Thy virgins, who before thee met Adorned with humility Here to perceive thy presence wait. They aid their husbands willinglv; 2 Give us, O Lord, to feel thy peace, Are Clothed with the beauteous dress And let the sanctifying grace Of Jesus' righteousness. Which flows from thy humanity,
WE humbly thee adore, O Lord,
For thy unbounded
Astonish'd, in thy sacred word
Thou hast the church in love redeem'd,
Thou gav'st thyself for us ;
When we behold thy cross.
2 Grant unto ev'ry married pair,
By chaste unfeigned love,
By meekness, patience, faith and pray?r,
And all we do to prove,
That we, united unto thee,
Are truly one in heart;
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led by fleshly schemes,
Christians a curse esteem ;
They wish to marry in the Lord,
Direct their marriage by his word, 4 Wisdom and faithfulness afford,
And in this state to live to him.
Approv'd by Jesus in their course, 5 Lord Jesus ! may each married pair Comes not from nature e'er so fair, In all their walk thy praise declare; But love to him must be the source; o'may their rule in all things be, Good sense and prudence, with a mind The union of thy church with thee. To lead a virtuous life, is far
From answering God's purpose kind, 845.
For which we all ordained 'are. THE love which Jesus Christ displays 2 His Spirit teachęth us to know,
Towards the church, his bride, That we are sinners vile and base,
And Jesus doth on us bestow
Remission of our sins, thro' grace:
Thus we in all things richly prove By holy and unfeigned love
The Shepherd's care, and faithfulness, Towards their wives, that they indeed And, actuated by his love, [praise. Resemble Christ our Head.
In our whole walk show forth his
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T. 9. O MAY our married state,
LOOK on ev'ry married pair, In duties small and great,
Jesus ! with compassion, In relations far and near,
Grant that each may richly share,
In thy great salvation.
2 Be thou with us, then indeed
We shall lack no blessing, 2 May we, by Jesus' love
But with thee, O Christ, proceed,
To meet joys unceasing
we in all we do Heav'nly plants, a holy seed,
Follow thy direction;
To thy kind protection,
4 Let our children, gracious Lord, HEAD of thy blest congregation,
Share with us thy favor, Look on ev'ry married pair,
Grant they may be a reward
Of thy death for ever.
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Thee and thy church represent. Who guardest us in all our ways, 3 No spoil'd creature had been able
In whom we live, and move, and are, E’er to guide his steps aright
Who know'st our wants, and hearest In this state so venerable,
pray'r; Or to act as in thy sight;
2. To this thy handmaid grant thy peace, 4. Hadst thou not life and salvation Who comes to offer thanks and praise.
By thy suff'rings for us gain'd, To thee, her faithful cov'nant-God, And thereby sanctification
For the support thou hast bestow'd. For ihe married state obtain'd.
3 Thy pow'rful aid thou, gracious Lord, 5 Bless, O Lord, thy married people, In travail didșt to her afford;
In thy blood, wash us clean; Her sorrows now are turn'd to praise,
4 O Shepherd of thy chosen sheep!
Both child and mother bless and keep, 851. T. 114.
May they enjoy in their degree HEAD of thy church! thy fatherly The fruits of thy humanity.
correction We have deservd: but pardon now
5 Endow the parents with thy love, impart,
And give them wisdom from above Give each of us a clean and docileheart; As thy redeemed property.
To educate this child for thee, O grant that we may weigh with due reflection
6 Grant us, and all our children, grace, The duties of the holy married state,
So here on earth to run our race, While we for thy instruction humbly That we in heav'n may meet, and sing wait.
Eternal praise to thee, our Kinge
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Kind Shepherd, take each little lam. PARENTS, weigh before the Lord
Into thy faithful arms of love;
Cause them to know thy saving name,
And thy redeeming grace' to prore.
2 On us, their parerits, grace bestow, That each to his family
That we, with care and faithfulness, May a blessed pattern be!
May lead them thee, our Lord to know, 2 All
T' obey thy word, and seek thy face.
To love each other heartily,
Our children so to educate
That they may love and follow thee. * Suffer them to come to me !!!
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IN this.world, so full of snares,
that leads to bliss ; Grace is not inherited
Take our children in thy keeping; As a worldly fortune is,
Hear the parents' sighs and pray'rs, 'Tis free mercy, we must own,
When for them before thee weeping: And the gift of God alone, ?
Mercy for our children we,
Gracious Lord, implore of thee.
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Most holy Lord, mankind's Creator,
Who, to redeem us by thy death, Save the soul of fallen man.
Assumedst feeble human nature, 5. Here's a task, may parents think,
We call on thee in humble faith:
O hear our fervent supplication,
Let all our children thy salvation,
Thy tender love and care,
For thine they are.
Let my tears prevail 'fore thee!
G. For Widowers.
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IN God, the mighty Lord of hosts, 7 In thy grace my children keep, A happy wid'wer gladly boasts.;
That when once, on that great day, No trials need oppress the mind,
I may gladly to thee say:
2 Whene'er by faith our Lord we see And each child thou gavest me!"
Clothed with frail humanity,
Bearing our griefs and sicknesses, 855. T. 166.
This doth alleviate all distress.
With-fervor we to thee commend, Who, when we suffer in the least,
They are by thee to bliss ordain'd. And in each hard and trying case,
bports us ev'ry day,
862. T. 1-19 fort, Help and Stay;
as boundless love and pow'r ON our God we will rely's our happy dying hour.
Boldly unto him draw nigh;
And the Lord our Righteousness
Both with hearts and voices bless,
of faith voice,
On our Lord's atoning death,
See our Saviour as he is.
863. T. 22. To leave this world and go to thee.
'Tis true the lonely widow'd state 5 Then, at the end of all distress, We shall depart to thee in peace:
With various trials is replete, Meanwhile thy coming we await,
But Christ, the widow's faithful Friend, Like Simeon, ready thee to meet.
Will guide us safely to the end.
2 He saith to us repeatedly: 860. T. 14.
For I in all things kindly care
And comfort in distress,
3 Therefore whate'er our trials be,
Or weaknesses, or poverty, And Hope in loneliness.
Sickness of body, soul's distress,
O Lord, to us dispense,
4 Our comfort is, he knows and feels Till we are called hence.
Whate'er his needy children ails;
He sympathizeth with the weak, 861. T. 167. Relieves the poor, and heals the sick. THEY who for true consolation,
5 He graciously regards our pray’rs, Like old Simeon, humbly wait,
And counteth all our sighs and tears;
Afflictions, whether small or great,
His comforts can alleviate.
Trusting in God's promises, By day and night, in constant pray'r,
Daily offer pray’r and praise, In joyful hope the Lord to meet.
His care and faithfulness
We prove in ev'ry case.
2 The feeble he makes strong,
With us he beareth long,
On him the weak can lean;
The youthful he keeps clean;
Each may in him confide
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Be in our husbands' place,
Give us whate'er we need
Widows.to be indeed.
BEHOLD us widows here,
Lord Jesus, hear our pray'ı:
Fill our hearts with gladness,
O wipe away each tear,
Dispelling all our sadness;
Make thy face to shine
Thou on us thy life didst spend;
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[us; Thy all-bounteous hand doth daily feed THOU art our comfort in all cases, All our wants thou dost supply;
Jesus, to thee may we cleave! Thus our cruise is never dry.
For all thy mercies give thee praises, 2 Thou hast promis'd for our con In happy union with thee live!, solation,
Whene'er we call, thou, Lord, wilt
Thou dispensest, of each kind; Yea for that awful time prepare us,
The poor are objects of thy love,
Thy sure suppori the aged prove: 866.
Thou helpest us in our distresses, CHRIST is the widow's Friend, Suppliest kindly all our wants; Our cause he doth defend,
We'll cast each burden that oppresses All our complaints he hears,
On thee, who hearest our comAnd listens to our pray'us,