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3 Blest are the souls that find a place
Within the temple of thy grace ;
And seek thy face, and learn thy praise. 4 Blest are the men whose hearts are set
To find the way to Zion's gate :
Till all shall meet in heaven at length;
HYMN 131. S. M. [#]
Solemn Call to Praise.
And hymns of glory sing ;
The universal King.
the seas their bound; The watery worlds are all his own,
And all the solid ground.
Come, bow before the Lord :
He formed us by his word. 4 To-day attend his voice,
Nor more provoke his rod;
Come, make his heavenly paths your choice,
And own your gracious God.
Which from devotion rise ;
For bliss that never dies.
HYMN 132. L. M. [#]
Joys of God's House.
The joy that from thy presence springs :
Exceeds a thousand days of mirth. 2 Might I enjoy the meanest place
Within thy house, O God of grace,
Should tempt me to desert thy door. 3 All needful grace wilt thou bestow,
And crown that grace with glory too ;
No real good from upright souls.
The glorious hosts of heaven obey,
HYMN 133. C. P. M. [#]
Attendance on Worship.
Whose goodness heaven and earth proclain,
With every morning light;
Who guards me through the night. 2 Then in his churches to appear, And pay my humble worship there,
Shall be my sweet employ :
With pure and holy joy.
Of my exalted Lord;
And meditate his word.
HYMN 134. 6 1. L. M. [#]
Lord's Day Morning. 1 GREAT God, this sacred day of thine
Demands our souls' collected powers ; May we employ in work divine
These solemn, these devoted hours ! O may our souls adoring own
The grace which calls us to thy throne ! 2 Hence, ye vain cares and trifles, fly;
Where God resides appear no more : Omniscient God, thy piercing eye
Can every secret thought explore ; O may thy grace our hearts refine, And fix our thoughts on things divine !
3 The word of life, dispensed to-day,
Invites us to a heavenly feast;
Be every heart an humble guest :
NATIVITY OF JESUS.
HYMN 135. C. M. [#]
Shepherds who watched their fold !
Arrayed in shining gold !
Over the lands afar ;
Or watched the twinkling star.
Of glories then to come,
They of Messiah sung.
To you of heavenly grace,
The Saviour of your race.
5 To-day is born, in Bethlehem,
The long-expected Light,
And turn to day the night.
HYMN 136. C. M. [#]
Angel's Song. 1 SHEPHERDS, rejoice; lift up your eyes, .
And send your fears away ;
The Saviour's born to-day !
Nor royal, shining things ;
for his cradle stands, And holds the King of kings ! 3 Thus Gabriel sang-and straight around
The heavenly armies throng :
And thus conclude the song : 4 Glory to God who reigns above;
Let peace abound on earth;
At their Redeemer's birth.
HYMN 137. H. M. [#]
Christ's Birth proclaimed.
What melody, we hear !
And fills the ravished ear.