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THE Spirit breathes upon the word,

And brings the truth to sight; Precepts and promises afford

A sanctifying light.

2 A glory gilds the sacred page,

Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age;

It gives, but borrows none.

3 The hand that gave it still supplies

The gracious light and heat; His truths upon the nations rise;

They rise, but never set.

4 Let everlasting thanks be Thine,

For such a bright display
As makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heavenly day,

William Cowper, 1779

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3 It floateth like a banner

Before God's host unfurled; It shineth like a beacon

Above the darkling world; It is the chart and compass

That o'er life's surging sea, 'Mid mists and rocks and quicksands

Still guides, O Christ, to Thee. 4 O make Thy Church, dear Saviour,

A lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations

Thy true light, as of old.
O teach Thy wandering pilgrims

By this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended,
They see Thee face to face.

Wm. Walsham How, 1867

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With His

own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.

men.

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But, Lord, Thy Church is

pray - ing yet,

A

thou-sand years the

same.

A-men.

10 WHERE are kings and empires now

Of old that went and came?
But, Lord, Thy Church is praying yet,

A thousand years the same.

2 We mark her goodly battlements,

And her foundations strong; We hear within the solemn voice

Of her unending song.

3 For not like kingdoms of the world

Thy holy Church, O God,
Though earthquake shocks are threatening her,

And tempests are abroad,

4 Unshaken as eternal hills,

Immovable she stands,
A mountain that shall fill the earth,
A house not made by hands.

A. Cleveland Coxe, 1839. Alt, and art,

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