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“Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee.”

Though like the wanderer,

The sun gone down,
Darkness be over me,

My rest a stone,
Yet in my dreams I'd be
Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee.

3 There let the way appear

Steps unto heaven ;
All that thou sendest me

In mercy given;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to thee, -

Nearer to thee.

4 Then, with my waking thoughts

Bright with thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs

Bethel I'll raise,
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to thee, —

Nearer to thee.

5 Or if, on joyful wing

Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,

Upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be,
“ Nearer, my God, to thee, –
Nearer to thee."

S. F. ADAMS.

12. – 6 & 10s M.

1

Wilt Thou not visit me ?
The plant beside me feels thy gentle dew:

Each blade of grass I see,
From thy deep earth its quickening moisture drew.

2 Wilt Thou not visit me ?
Thy morning calls on me with cheering tone;

And every hill and tree
Lend but one voice, - the voice of thee alone.

3

Come! for I need thy love
More than the flower the dew, or grass the rain ;

Come like thy holy dove,
And let me in thy sight rejoice to live again.

4

Yes, Thou wilt visit me:
Nor plant nor tree thine eye delights so well,

As when, from sin set free,
Man's spirit comes with thine in peace to dwell.

13.-C.M.

1 ANOTHER hand is beckoning us,

Another call is given;
And glows once more with angel steps

The path that leads to heaven.

2 Oh! half we deemed she needed not

The changing of her sphere
To give to heaven a shining one,
Who walked an angel here.

3 Unto our Father's will alone

One thought hath reconciled :
That He whose love exceedeth ours

Hath taken home his child.

4 Fold her, O Father! in thine arms,

And let her henceforth be
A messenger of love between

Our human hearts and thee.

5 Still let her mild rebukings stand

Between us and the wrong,
And her dear memory serve to make
Our faith in goodness strong.

WHITTIER.

14. – 8 & 7s M.

1 FARE thee well, thou fondly cherished !

Dear, dear spirit, fare thee well ! He who lent thee hath recalled thee

Back with him and his to dwell.

2 Like a sunbeam, through our dwelling

Shone thy presence bright and calm : Thou didst add a zest to pleasure ;

To our sorrows thou wert balm.

3 Yet, while mourning, ( our lost one!

Come no visions of despair : Seated on thy tomb, Faith's angel

Saith thou art not, art not there.

4 Where, then, art thou ? with the Saviour,

Blest, for ever blest, to be ;

'Mid the sinless little children,

Who have heard his “ Come to me.”

5 Passed the shades of Death's dark valley,

Thou art leaning on his breast, Where the wicked may not enter,

And the weary are at rest.

6 Plead that, in a Father's mercy,

All our sins may be forgiven :
Angel ! plead that thou mayst greet us,

Ransomed, at the gates of heaven.

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2 Thy will be done ! If o'er us shine

A gladdening and a prosperous sun,
This prayer shall make it more divine :

Thy will be done !”

3 Thy will be done! Though shrouded o'er Our path with gloom, one comfort, one,

to breathe, while we adore, 6 Thy will be done !”

BOWRING.

Is ours,

COVENANT.

This CHURCH was gathered, Aug. 27, 1630, under the following Covenant :

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in obedience to

his holy will and divine ordinance,

We, whose names are hereunder written, being by His most wise and good providence brought together into this part of America, in the Bay of Massachusetts ; and desirous to unite ourselves into one Congregation or Church under the Lord Jesus Christ, our head, in such sort as becometh all those whom he hath redeemed and sanctified to himself, — do hereby solemnly and religiously (as in his most holy presence) promise and bind ourselves to walk in all our ways according to the rule of the gospel, and in all sincere conformity to his holy ordinances, and in mutual love and respect each to other, so near as God shall give us grace.

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