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2 Give thou the Word: that healing sound
Shall quell the deadly strife,
And earth again, like Eden crowned,
Bring forth the tree of life.
3 If sang the morning stars for joy
When nature rose to view,
What strains will angel harps employ
When thou shalt all renew!
4 And if the sons of God rejoice
To hear a Saviour's name,
How will the ransomed raise their voice,
To whom that Saviour came!
5 Lo! every kindred, tongue, and tribe,
Assembling round the throne,
The new creation shall ascribe
To sovereign love alone.
6s & 4s.
Prayer to the Trinity.
1 THOU, whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard,
And took their flight,
Hear us, we humbly pray,
And where the gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
“Let there be light."
2 Thou, who didst come to bring,
On thy redeeming wing,
Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
O, now to all mankind
"Let there be light."
3 Spirit of truth and love,
Life-giving, Holy Dove,
Speed forth thy flight;
Move on the waters' face,
Bearing the lamp of grace;
And in earth's darkest place
"Let there be light."
8s, 7s & 4.
Prayer for the Heathen.
1 O'ER the realms of pagan darkness
Let the eye of pity gaze;
See the kindreds of the people
Lost in sin's bewildering maze;
O'er the face of all the earth.
2 Light of them that sit in darkness,
Rise and shine; thy blessings bring:
Light to lighten all the Gentiles,
Rise with healing in thy wing:
To thy brightness
Let all kings and nations come.
3 May the heathen, now adoring
Idol gods of wood and stone,
Come, and, worshipping before him,
Serve the living God alone:
Let thy glory
Fill the earth as floods the sea.
4 Thou, to whom all power is given,
Speak the word; at thy command,
Let the company of heralds
Spread thy name from land to land;
Lord, be with them,
Alway, to the end of time.
The Missionary charged and encouraged.
1 GO, messenger of peace and love,
To people plunged in shades of night,
Like angels sent from fields above,
Be thine to shed celestial light.
2 On barren rock and desert isle,
Go, bid the rose of Sharon bloom;
Till arid wastes around thee smile,
And bear to heaven a sweet perfume.
3 Go to the hungry-food impart;
To paths of peace the wanderer guide;
And lead the thirsty, panting heart
Where streams of living water glide.
4 Go, bid the bright and morning star
From Bethlehem's plains resplendent shine,
And, piercing through, the gloom afar,
Shed heavenly light and love divine.
5 0, faint not in the day of toil,
When harvest waits the reaper's hand;
Go, gather in the glorious spoil,
And joyous in his presence stand.
6 Thy love a rich reward shall find
From Him who sits enthroned on high;
For they who turn the erring mind
Shall shine like stars above the sky.
Universal Extension of Christ's Kingdom.
1 O LORD our God, arise,
The cause of Truth maintain,
And wide o'er all the peopled world
Extend her blesséd reign.
2 Thou Prince of life, arise,
Nor let thy glory cease;
Far spread the conquests of thy grace,
And bless the earth with peace.
3 O Holy Spirit, rise,
Expand thy heavenly wing,
And o'er a dark and ruined world
Let light and order spring.
4 O, all ye nations, rise;
To God the Saviour sing;
From shore to shore, from earth to heaven,
Let echoing anthems ring.
The Messengers of God.
1 GO, ye messengers of God;
Like the beams of morning, fly;
Take the wonder-working rod;
Wave the banner-cross on high.
2 Go to many a tropic isle,
In the bosom of the deep,
Where the skies forever smile,
And th' oppressed forever weep.
3 O'er the pagan's night of care
Pour the living light of heaven;
Chase away his wild despair;
Bid him hope to be forgiven.
4 Where the golden gates of day
Open on the palmy east,
High the bleeding cross display,
Spread the gospel's richest feast.
8s, 7s & 4.
Departure of Missionaries.
1 MEN of God, go take your stations;
Darkness reigns throughout the earth;
Go proclaim among the nations
Joyful news of heavenly birth;
Bear the tidings
Of the Saviour's matchless worth.
2 Of his gospel not ashamed,
As "the power of God to save,"
Go where Christ was never named,
Publish freedom to the slave-
Such as Zion's children have.
3 When exposed to fearful dangers,
Jesus will his own defend;
Borne afar 'midst foes and strangers,
Jesus will appear your Friend;
And his presence
Shall be with you to the end.
1 YE Christian heralds
- go, proclaim
Salvation in Immanuel's name;
To distant climes the tidings bear,
And plant the rose of Sharon there.
2 He'll shield you with a wall of fire,
With holy zeal your hearts inspire,
Bid raging winds their fury cease,
And calm the savage breast to peace.
3 And when our labors all are o'er,
Then shall we meet to part no more
Meet, with the blood-bought throng to fall,
And crown the Saviour Lord of all.
8s & 7s.
1 ONWARD, onward, men of heaven;
Bear the gospel banner high;
Rest not till its light is given -
Star of every pagan sky:
Send it where the pilgrim stranger
Faints beneath the torrid ray;
Bid the hardy forest-ranger
Hail it, ere he fades away.
2 Where the Arctic Ocean thunders,
Where the tropics fiercely glow,
Broadly spread its page of wonders,
Brightly bid its radiance flow:
India marks its lustre stealing;
Shivering Greenland loves its rays;
Afric, 'mid her deserts kneeling,
Lifts the untaught strain of praise.
3 Rude in speech, or wild in feature,
Dark in spirit, though they be,
Show that light to every creature-
Prince or vassal, bond or free:
Lo! they haste to every nation ;
Host on host the ranks supply:
Onward! Christ is your salvation,
And your death is victory.