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379. L. M. Watts.
Thou earthly palace of our God.
A guard of heavenly warriors waits ;
Fixt on his counsels and his love.
Swift as the fleeting moments run,
380. S. M. Watts. The Church is the honour and safety of a Nation.
And let his praise be great; He makes his churches his abode,
Ilis most delightful seat. 2
These temples of his grace,
How beautiful thcy stand! The honour of our native place,
And bulwarks of our land. 3 In Zion God is known
A refuge in distress ;
Through all her palaces !
We'll to his house repair,
And seek deliverance there.
381. C. M. Rippon's Selection. The Church described. Cant. vi. 10. AY, who is she that looks abroad When with her living light she paints
The dew-drops of the lawn?
Serene her throne she guides,
In full-orb'd glory rides;
Without a cloud, he springs,
From his resplendent wings;
Majestically slow, With banners
wide display'd, all arm’d,
With strength and grace divine
And thus her glories shine.
382. L. M. Watts. The Church the Garden of Christ. Cant. iv. 12-15 WE are a garden wall d around,
Chosen and made peculiar ground,
Planted by God the Father's hand;
To make the young plantation grow. 3 Awake! O heavenly wind, and come,
Blow on this garden of perfume;
4 Make our best spices flow abroad
To entertain our Saviour God!
383. C. M. Watts.
The Constitution of a Church.
Thus to be own'd and blest.
Thy Spirit and thy word;
Here let thy praise be spread; Bless the provisions of thy house,
And fill thy poor with bread.
Let God's Anointed shine;
With love and power divine.
And as his kingdom grows,
And shame confound his foes.
384. L. M. J. B. Cook.
The stability of the Church. BOUGHT with the Saviour's precious blood, Built on the rock secure she stands,
Like some tall cliff in distant lands. 2 When hosts of foes against her came.
Regardless of thy powerful name,
3 Strike to the Lord each joyful string,
Awake each tuneful power and sing;
385. S. M. Dobell's Selection.
To Canaan's fertile plains, A trav'lling fair one in distress,
On her Beloved leans. 2 Through fire and flood she goes,
A weakling more than strongVents in his bosom all her woes,
And leaning moves along. 3 When dangers round her press,
And darkness veils the skies,
Whence all her hopes arise.
This travelling fair one leans. 5 She views his promise sure;
Her hopes all centre there; And on his bosom leans secure,
Whose temples bled for her. 6 O'er Jordan's chilling flood,
When call'd by death to go, She, leaning on her faithful God,
Shall pass triumphant through.
The Church Covenanting.
In a perpetual Covenant join
Ourselves to Christ the Lord :-
His name to glorify;
For God to live and Jie.
Be ever kept in mind;
Nor cast his words behind.
Who hears our solemn vow;
Come down and bless us now!
Which takes our sins away, And register our names on high,
And keep us to that day.
RECEIVING TO MEMBERSHIP.
387. 7o8. Wesley's Coll. Prayer for Union, Simplicity, and Protection
, ! Kindly for thy people care: We on thee alone depend
Love us, save us to the end.
From the flattering tempter's power,
From the world's pernicious smiles. 3 Cut off our dependence vain
On the help of leeble man;