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NATURAL AND SACRED SEASONS.
From His field shall in that day

With Thy rod and staff, O God,
All offences purge away :

Comfort Thou his dying head !
Give His angels charge at last

4 Keep us faithful, keep us pure,
In the fire the tares to cast;

Keep us evermore Thine own!
But the fruitful ears to store

Help, O help us to endure !
In His garner evermore.

Fit us for the promised crown!
4 Even so, Lord, quickly come

5 So within Thy palace-gate
To Thy final Harvest-home!

We shall praise, on golden strings,
Gather Thou Thy people in,

Thee, the only Potentate,
Free from sorrow, free from sin;

Lord of lords, and King of kings.
There, for ever purified,
In Thy presence to abide :

| 178. Tune-St. Sulpice, 323. 8,6,8,6,8,8,6.
Come, with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious Harvest-home !

We spend our years as a tale that is told.1 ANOTHER year has fled; renew,

A Lord, with our days Thy love!

Our days are evil here and few;
A NEW YEAR.

We look to live above

We will not grieve, though day by day 177. Tune–Gibbons, 270. 7,7,7,7.

We pass from earthly joys away;

Our joy abides in Thee. Thor crownest the year with Thy goodness.

2 Yet, when our sins we call to mind,
1 TOR Thy mercy and Thy grace,

We cannot fail to grieve;
T Faithful through another year,

But Thou art pitiful and kind,
Hear our song of thankfulness;

And wilt our prayer receive:
Father and Redeemer, hear!

O Jesus, evermore the same,
2 In our weakness and distress,

Our hope we rest upon Thy name;
Rock of strength, be Thou our stay!

Our hope abides in Thee!

3 For all the future, Lord, prepare Be our true and living way!'

Our souls with strength divine;
3 Who of us death's awful road

Help us to cast on Thee our care,
In the coming year shall tread ?

And on Thy servants shine:

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A NEW YEAR.
Life without Thee is dark and drear; | 180.

Tune—St. Ann, 139.

C.M.
Death is not death if Thou art near;
Our life abides in Thee !

Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling-place in all

generations.

1 GOD, our help in ages past, 179. Tune-Weimar, 309. 8 line 78.

Our hope for years to come, So teach us to number our days, that we may apply

Our shelter from the stormy blast, our hearts unto wisdom.

And our eternal home! 1 W HILE with ceaseless course the sun

2 Beneath the shadow of Thy throne
W Hasted through the former year,

Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Many souls their race have run,

Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
Never more to meet us here.

And our defence is sure.
Fixed in an eternal state,
They have done with all below;

3 Before the hills in order stood,
We a little longer wait-

Or earth received her frame,
But how little, none can know.

From everlasting Thou art God,
2 As the winged arrow flies,

To endless years the same.
Speedily the mark to find;

4 A thousand ages in Thy sight
As the lightning from the skies

Are like an evening gone;
Darts and leaves no trace behind ;-
Swiftly thus our fleeting days

Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.
Bear us down life's rapid stream:
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise;

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
All below is but a dream.

Bears all its sons away;
3 Thanks for mercies past receive;

They fly forgotten, as a dream
Pardon of our sins renew;

Dies at the opening day.
Teach us, henceforth, how to live
With eternity in view.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
Bless Thy word to young and old;

Our hope for years to come,
Fill us with a Saviour's love;

Be Thou our guard while troubles last,

And our eternal home.
And when life's short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above !

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BAPTISM AND CHILDHOOD.

181. Tune-Chantry, 7.

L.M. When eight days were accomplished for the circumcis

ing of the child, His name was called JESUS.” 1 A LITTLE child the Saviour came,

A The mighty God was still His name,
And angels worshipped, as He lay,

The seeming infant of a day. 2 He who, a little child, began

The life divine to show to man,
Proclaims from heaven the message free,
Let little children come to Me.
3 We bring them, Lord, and with the sign
Of sprinkled water, name them Thine:
Their souls with saving grace endow,

Baptize them with Thy Spirit now.
4 O give Thine angels charge, good Lord,

Them safely in Thy way to guard ;
Thy blessing on their lives command,

And write their names upon Thy hand. 5 O Thou, who by an infant's tongue

Dost hear Thy perfect glory sung,
May these, with all the heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

And this child, at Thy command, Now we bring to Thee, in token That to Christ it here is given;

For of such shall be His heaven.
2 Therefore hasten we to Thee;
Take the pledge we bring-0 take it !

Let us here Thy glory see,
And in tender pity make it
Now Thy child, and leave it never-

Thine on earth, and Thine for ever. 3 Make it, Head, Thy member now; Shepherd, take Thy lamb and feed it;

Prince of Peace, its peace be Thou;
Way of life, to heaven O lead it !
Vine, this branch may nothing sever,
Grafted firm in Thee for ever.
4 Now upon Thy heart it lies,
What our hearts so dearly treasure;

Heavenward lead our burdened sighsPour Thy blessing without measure; Write the name we now have given, Write it in the book of heaven.

182. Tune—Dessaa, 311. 7,8,7,8,8,8. “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come

unto Me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.1 PLESSÈD Jesus, here we stand,

D Met to do as Thou hast spoken ;

183. Tune-Denfield, 85. C.M.
Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth."
1 PY cool Siloam's shady rill

D How sweet the lily grows !
How sweet the breath beneath the hill

Of Sharon’s dewy rose !
2 Lo, such the child whose early feet

The paths of peace have trod;

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BAPTISM AND CHILDHOOD.
Whose secret heart with influence sweet

2 There's a rest for little children Is upward drawn to God.

Above the bright blue sky, 3 By cool Siloam's shady rill

Who love the blessed Saviour,

And to His Father cry:
The lily must decay;

A rest from every trouble,
The rose that blooms beneath the hill

From sin and danger free;
Must shortly fade away.

There every little pilgrim 4 And soon, too soon, the wintry hour

Shall rest eternally.
Of man's maturer age

3 There's a home for little children Will shake the soul with sorrow's power,

Above the bright blue sky, And stormy passion's rage.

Where Jesus reigns in glory,

A home of peace and jay: 5 O Thou, whose infant feet were found

No home on earth is like it, Within Thy Father's shrine,

Nor can with it compare;
Whose years, with changeless virtue crowned,

For every one is happy,
Were all alike divine,-

Nor can be happier there. 6 Dependent on Thy bounteous breath,

4 There's a crown for little children We seek Thy grace alone

Above the bright blue sky,
In childhood, manhood, age, and death,

And all who look to Jesus
To keep us still Thine own!

Shall wear it by-and-by;
A crown of brightest glory

Which He shall sure bestow 184. Tune-Morning Light, 253. 7,6,7,6 double.

On all who love the Saviour "Of such is the kingdom of heaven."

And walk with Him below. 1 T HERE'S a Friend for little children

5 There's a song for little children 1 Above the bright blue sky,

Above the bright blue sky, A Friend that never changes,

And a harp of sweetest music Whose love will never die:

For their hymn of victory :
Unlike our friends by nature,

And all above is pleasure,
Who change with changing years,

And found in Christ alone ;
This Friend is always worthy

O come, dear little children,

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181.

NATURAL AND SACRED SEASONS.
BAPTISM AND CHILDHOOD.

And this child, at Thy command,

Now we bring to Thee, in token
Tune-Chantry, 7.

That to Christ it here is given;
L.M.

For of such shall be His heaven. When eight days were accomplished for the circumcis

ing of the child, His name was called JESUS." 2 Therefore hasten we to Thee; 1 A LITTLE child the Saviour came,

Take the pledge we bring-0 take it! A The mighty God was still His name,

Let us here Thy glory see, And angels worshipped, as He lay,

And in tender pity make it The seeming infant of a day.

Now Thy child, and leave it never2 He who, a little child, began

Thine on earth, and Thine for ever. The life divine to show to man,

3 Make it, Head, Thy member now; Proclaims from heaven the message free,

Shepherd, take Thy lamb and feed it; Let little children come to Me.

Prince of Peace, its peace be Thou; 3 We bring them, Lord, and with the sign

Way of life, to heaven O lead it !

Vine, this branch may nothing sever,
Of sprinkled water, name them Thine:
Their souls with saving grace endow,

Grafted firm in Thee for ever.
Baptize them with Thy Spirit now.

4 Now upon Thy heart it lies, 4 O give Thine angels charge, good Lord,

What our hearts so dearly treasure; Them safely in Thy way to guard ;

Heavenward lead our burdened sighsThy blessing on their lives command,

Pour Thy blessing without measure;

Write the name we now have given, And write their names upon Thy hand.

Write it in the book of heaven. 5 O Thou, who by an infant's tongue

Dost hear Thy perfect glory sung,
May these, with all the heavenly host,

183.
Tune-Denfield, 85.

C.M. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth.

1 DY cool Siloam's shady rill 182. Tune-Dessan, 311. 7,8,7,8,8,8.

D How sweet the lily grows !

How sweet the breath beneath the hill “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Of Sharon's dewy rose ! 1 DLESSÈD Jesus, here we stand,

2 Lo, such the child whose early feet D Met to do as Thou hast spoken ;

The paths of peace have trod;

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