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C. M. Christian Psalmist.
Faith, Hope, and Charity. 1 FAITH, hope, and love now dwell on earth,
And earth by them is blest;
Of all the graces best.
And faith be sight above ;
For saints for ever love.
And nobler speech than angels use,
All that is done in heaven and hell, —
Still I am nothing without love.
To feed the hungry, clothe the poor, —
To gain a martyr's glorious name, -
Be absent, all my hopes are vain ;
The work of love can e'er fulfil. 346.' L. M.
WATTS. Love to God and our Neighbour. 1 THUS saith the first, the great command :
“Let all thy inward powers unite To love thy Maker and thy God
With utmost vigor and delight.
2 " Then shall thy neighbour next in place
Share thine affections and esteem;
Measure and rule thy love to him.” 3 This is the sense that Moses spoke ;
This did the prophets preach and prove;
And the whole law 's fulfilled by love. 4 But, 0, how base our passions are !
How cold our charity and zeal !
Or we shall ne'er perform thy will. 347.
When those that love the Lord
And thus fulfil his word ! —
And with him bear a part;
And joy from heart to heart ! -
Our wishes all above,
And show a brother's love !
The happy souls above ;
His bosom glow with love.
Watts. Union and Peace. 1 BLEST are the sons of peace,
Whose hearts and hopes are one,
Whose kind designs to serve and please
Through all their actions run.
Where zeal and friendship meet ;
Make their communion sweet.
Such streams of pleasure flow,
Nor honors can bestow.
They poured the rich perfume,
And fragrance filled the room.
The saints are blest above,
And all the air is love. 349. 7. M.
Joined to God's People.
I have sought the world around,
Peace and comfort nowhere found.
Turns, a fugitive unblest ;
O, receive me into rest.
Like the cloud, the wind, the wave;
Where you die shall be my grave.
Your Redeemer shall be mine ;
Earth can fill my soul no more ;
Every idol I resign. 350.
Yet is the greatest charity;
To mine and every human heart.
Hope, that o'er doubting must prevail,
Is God's own name, for God is love.
Faith vanishes at perfect sight,
And hope with sorrow's fading form.
Beyond the reach of death and time,
Holds heaven and earth in its embrace. 351.
Of brethren who agree
And bonds of charity :
The cups of Hermon's flowers,
Bright with the drops of showers,
3 For there the Lord commands
Blessings, a boundless store,
Yea, life for evermore :
To spend eternity in love. 352.
All one in Christ.
The Christian world o'erspread ;
Are one in Christ their head.
Let mutual love be found ;
With mutual blessings crowned.
And only kindness known, .
One common master own.
Resemble that above ;
And every heart is love. 353. L. M.
In union sweet according minds !
Whose hearts, and faith, and hopes are one ! 2 To each the soul of each how dear!
What jealous love, what holy fear!