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2 Bright Star of Hope, we follow thee Herald divine, we catch thy voice: Thy notes proclaim God's jubilee,

And bid a ransomed world rejoice.

3 Hail, Star of Hope! our hearts adore
Thy light, which shines on life's dark wave
Like the bright guide on ocean's shore,
The storm-spent mariner to save.

4 Hail, Star of Hope! man's certain Guide
To truth and life by mercy given;
Spread wide thy rays, till all mankind
Receive this richest hoon of Heaven.

THE GOSPEL.

HYMN 234. L. M. [#]
Excellency of the Gospel.

1 GOD, in the gospel of his Son,
Makes his eternal counsels known;
And sinners of an humble frame
May taste his grace, and learn his name.

2 Wisdom its dictates here imparts,

To form our minds, to cheer our hearts;
Its influence makes the sinner live,
And bids the drooping saint revive.

3 Our raging passions it controls,
And comfort yields to contrite souls;

It guides us all our journey through, And brings a better world to view. 4 May this blest volume ever lie Close to my heart, and near my eye; To life's last hour my soul employ, And fit me for the heavenly joy.

HYMN 235. C. M. [#]
Saviour's Message.

1 HARK! 'tis the Saviour of mankind
Speaks to his chosen few ;

"Tis he who leads the wandering blind In ways they could not know.

2 "Tis he who says, Go forth, my friends, Proclaim my truth and grace;

Inform each soul my love extends
To all of Adam's race.

3 What though my ransomed may refuse The message to receive,

And you, the messengers, abuse,-
Yet still I came to save.

4 Yea, should deception still prevail,
And blind the people's eyes,
In my great day I'll rend the veil
From all beneath the skies.

5 Then every eye shall see the grace
You now in faith declare,
And I myself, from every face,
Will wipe off every tear.

HYMN 236. C. M. [#]
Success of the Gospel.

1 FATHER, is not thy promise sure
To thy exalted Son,

That through the nations of the earth
Thy word of life shall run?

2 Hast thou not said, the blinded Jews
Shall their Redeemer own,
Whilst Gentiles to his standard crowd,
And bow before his throne?

3 Are not all kingdoms, tribes and tongues, Beneath the arch of heaven,

To the dominion of thy Son,
Without exception, given?

4 From east to west, from north to south, Then be his name adored,

Let earth with all its millions shout
Hosanna to the Lord.

HYMN 237. H. M. [#]
Efficacy of the Gospel.

1 BEHOLD the fleecy snow!
Mark the diffusive rain!
To heaven, from which they fall,
They turn not back again,
But water earth through every pore,
And call forth all her secret store.

2 Arrayed in beauteous green The hills and valleys shine,

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And man and beast are fed
By Providence divine:
The harvest bows its golden ears,
The copious seed of future years.
3 So, saith the God of grace,
My gospel shall descend,
Almighty to effect

The purpose I intend ;
Millions of souls shall feel its power,
And bear it down to millions more.

HYMN 238. L. M. [#]

Christ our Example.

1 THY gospel, Lord, is peace and love;
Such let our conversation be;
The serpent blended with the dove,
Wisdom and meek simplicity.

2 Whene'er the angry passions rise,

And tempt our thoughts or tongues to strife, To Jesus let us lift our eyes,— Bright Pattern of the Christian life.

3 O how benevolent and kind,

How mild, how ready to forgive! Be this the temper of our mind,

And these the rules by which we live.

4 Dispensing good where'er he came,
The labours of his life were love;
Then, if we bear the Saviour's name,
By his example let us move.

5 But, O, how blind, how weak we are! How frail, how apt to turn aside !

Lord, we depend upon thy care;
We ask thy spirit for our guide.

HYMN 239. L. M. [#]

Praise for Truth.

1 RISE, every heart and every tongue,
Prepare a sweet, angelic song;
Surprising mercies must require
An angel's lay, a seraph's fire.

2 The sun of heaven illumes the soul,
Oceans of mercies sweetly roll,
-The heavenly streams of truth and love
Flow freely from the Fount above.

3 O, happy day! we live to see

How kind to men our God can be:
His greatest mercies stand confessed,
And Zion is divinely blessed.

4 Thy truth and loving kindness, Lord,
We will with holy songs record;
To us are richest favours given,
And praises shall return to heaven.

HYMN 240. C. M. [#]

God's Promises sure.

1 My never-ceasing songs shall show
The mercies of the Lord,
And make succeeding ages know
How faithful is his word.

2 The sacred truths his lips pronounce Shall firm as heaven endure;

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