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The known and unknown worlds obey,
Extend his power, exalt his throne.
The shades of overspreading death,
And deserts blossom at the sight.
Dressed in the robes of joy and praise;
Till God permits the stroke of death;
The Father and the Friend of all.
Shall raise the morn and evening song,
i Now may He, who from the dead
2 May he teach us to fulfil
What is pleasing in his sight,
Our noblest praise we give,
And blessest all that live :
Through countless ages gone,
Shall still keep shining on.
1 The name, Almighty Lord,
Shall sound through distant lands; Great is thy grace, and sure thy word;
Thy truth for ever stands.
And long thy praise endure,
Shall be exchanged no more.
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Dismission. i LORD, dismiss us with thy blessing,
Hope and comfort from above; Let us each, thy peace possessing,
Triumph in redeeming love.
2 Thanks we give, and adoration,
For thy Gospel's joyful sound;
In our hearts and lives abound.
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Universal Praise. 1 Praise to thee, thou great Creator!
Praise to thee from every tongue; Join, my soul, with every creature,
Join the universal song. 2 For ten thousand blessings given,
For the hope of future joy, Sound his praise through earth and heaven; Sound Jehovah's praise on high.
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1 May the grace of Christ, our Saviour,
And the Father's boundless love, With the Holy Spirit's favor,
Rest upon us from above. 2 Thus may we abide in union
With each other and the Lord; And possess, in sweet communion,
Joys which earth cannot afford.
i Gracious Source of every blessing!
Guard our breasts from anxious fears; May we, still thy love possessing,
Sink into the vale of years.
2 All our hopes on thee reclining,
Peace companion of our way,
Rise in everlasting day.
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To give thy word success;
And deep its truths impress.
That leads to joys on high,
And love shall never die!
Each with a different tongue;
Proclaim his praise abroad :
1 RESTORE, O Father! to our times restore
The peace which filled thine infant Church of yore,
. O never more may differing judgments part
From kindly sympathy a brother's heart;
And share with each the sacred joy they feel. 3 From soul to soul, quick as the sunbeam's ray,
Let concord spread one universal day;
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Through our pilgrimage below,
Where thy flock rejoicing go.
Meekly kneeling, we implore;
Never wander from thee more.
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S. F. ADAMS.
Peace be with you.
i Part in peace! is day before us?
Praise his name for life and light;
Bless his care who guards the night.
2 Part in peace! with deep thanksgiving,
Rendering, as we homeward tread,
Tranquil memory to the dead.