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5 Jesus calls us: by thy mercies,
Saviour, make us hear thy call, Give our hearts to thine obedience, Serve and love thee best of all. Amen.
Cecil Frances Alexander, 1858
ST. THOMAS 269
THOU who didst, with love untold,
Thy doubting servant chide, And bad'st the eye of sense behold
Thy wounded hands and side;
2 Grant us, like him, with heartfelt awe,
To own thee God and Lord,
A fuller faith's reward.
3 And while that wondrous record now
Of unbelief we hear,
In self-distrusting fear;
4 And pray that we may never dare
Thy loving heart to grieve,
Emma L. Toke, 1851
C.M. TE walk by faith, and not by sight;
No gracious words we hear From him who spake as man ne'er spake;
But we believe him near.
2 We may not touch his hands and side,
Nor follow where he trod;
And cry, “My Lord and God!” 3 Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;
And may our faith abound,
And seek where thou art found:
4 That, when our life of faith is done,
In realms of clearer light
Henry Alford, 1844 See also No. 555, st. 4-8
CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
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Before Damascus gate,
Came breathing threats and hate;
Full early to the prey;
And bound him fast to-day.
2 O glory most excelling
That smote across his path!
The zealot in his wrath!
The calm, reproving word!
The bondman of his Lord!
3 0 Wisdom ordering all things
In order strong and sweet, What nobler spoil was ever
Cast at the Victor's feet? What wiser master-builder
E’er wrought at thine employ Than he, till now so furious
Thy building to destroy?
4 Lord, teach thy Church the lesson,
Still in her darkest hour Of weakness and of danger,
To trust thy hidden power:
The wrath of man can bind,
John Ellerton, 1871
Thine own blest dying prayer, That they who know not what they do,
May in thy ransom share:
2 When foes thy Church's power defy,
Or slight thy sacred word,
Grant them conversion, Lord.
3 Grant that the light may round them shine;
That, set from error free,
Thee in thy Church may see;
4 That so, when our brief time is done.
We may with them adore
Also the following 117 He who would valiant be 152 In the cross of Christ I glory 218 Jesus, I live to thee
THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST
PURIFICATION OF ST. MARY 273
126.96.36.199.8.5 N his temple now behold him;
See the long-expected Lord!
God hath now fulfilled his word.
Shall break forth with one accord.
2 In the arms of her who bore him,
Virgin pure, behold him lie,
Ere in perfect faith they die:
Lo, the incarnate God most highl
3 Jesus, by thy Presentation,
Thou who didst for us endure,
Seal us with thy promise sure;
To thy Father cleansed and pure.
4 Prince and Author of salvation,
Be thy boundless love our theme!
By the world thou didst redeem,
Henry J. Pye, 1861
Comes to his temple gate;
Not in his kingly state;
No crowds his coming wait;
2 But, borne upon the throne
Of Mary's gentle breast,
In her fond arms at rest:
He comes, the heavenly Guest. 3 Hail to the great First-born
Whose ransom price they pay!
The Child of man, to-day;
Who still in bondage lay.
4 O Light of all the earth,
Thy children wait for thee!
That we, from sin set free,
May all presented be! Amen.
John Ellerton, 1880