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2 Thanks we give, and adoration,

For thy Gospel's joyful sound;
May the fruits of thy salvation

In our hearts and lives abound.

8 & 7s. M

742.

FAWCETT.

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. 8 & 7s. M.

743. J. NEWTON.

Benediction.

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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.

8 & 78. M.

744.

ESTLIN.

Reliance for the Future.

1 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,
May our sun, in smiles declining,

Rise in everlasting day.

C. M.

745. EXETER COL.

For a Blessing on the Word.
Toy gracious aid, great God, impart,

To give thy word success;
Write all its precepts on the heart,

And deep its truths impress.
2 O, speed our progress in the way

That leads to joys on high,
Where knowledge grows without decay,

And love shall never die!

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1 O ALL ye nations, praise the Lord,

Each with a different tongue;
In every language learn his word,

And let his name be sung.
2 His mercy reigns through every land,

Proclaim his praise abroad :
For ever firm his truth shall stand;
Praise

ye

the faithful God.

10s. M.

747.

ANONYMOUS.

For the Peace of the Church.

1 RESTORE, O Father! to our times restore

The peace which filled thine infant Church of yore, Ere lust of power had sown the seeds of strife, And quenched the new-born charities of life.

2 O never more may differing judgments part

Frorn kindly sympathy a brother's heart;
But, linked in one, believing thousands kneel,

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;
And faith by love lead all mankind to thee,
Parent of peace, and fount of harmony!

8 & 78. M.

748.

BICKERSTETH.

Closing Hymn.

1 ISRAEL's Shepherd, guide us, feed us,

Through our pilgrimage below,
And beside the waters lead us,

Where thy flock rejoicing go.
2 Lord, thy guardian presence ever,

Meekly kneeling, we implore;
We have found thee, and would never,

Never wander from thee more.

8 & 78. M.

749.

S. F. ADAMS.

Peace be with you.

i Part in peace! is day before us?

Praise his name for life and light;
Are the shadows lengthening o'er us?

Bless his care who guards the night.
2 Part in peace! with deep thanksgiving,

Rendering, as we homeward tread,
Gracious service to the living,

Tranquil memory to the dead.

3 Part in peace! such are the praises

God, our Maker, loveth best; Such the worship that upraises

Human hearts to heavenly rest.

C. P. M.

750.

WESLEY'S COL.

True Wisdom.

i Be it my only wisdom here,
To serve the Lord with filial fear,

With loving gratitude;
Superior sense may I display,
By shunning every evil way,

And walking in the good.
2 O may I still from sin depart!
A wise and understanding heart,

Father, to me be given!
And let me through thy Spirit know
To glorify my God below,

And find my way to heaven.

1

S. M.
751.

EPISCOPAL COL.
Ark of Safety.
O CEASE, my wandering soul,

On restless wing to roam ;
All this wide world, to either pole,

Has not for thee a home.

Behold the ark of God;

Behold the open door;
O haste to gain that dear abode,

And rove, my soul, no more.

3 There, safe thou shalt abide,

There, sweet shall be thy rest,
And every longing satisfied,

With full salvation blest.

L. M. 752.

WATTS. Devout Aspiration. 1 How blest are they, O gracious Lord,

Who fear thy name, and keep thy word; Thy wisdom guides, thy power defends

Their life, till life its journey ends. 2 O that my soul, with awful sense

Of thy transcendent excellence,
May close the day, the day begin,

Watchful against each darling sin. 3 Never, O never from heart

May this great principle depart,
But act, with unabating power,
Within me to my latest hour!

my

7 & 6s. M.

753.

ANONYMOUS.

Praise for Salvation.

i To Thee be praise for ever,

Thou glorious King of kings!
Thy wondrous love and favor

Éach ransomed spirit sings. 2 We'll celebrate thy glory,

With all thy saints above,
And shout the joyful story

Of thy redeeming love.

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