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5 Ten thousand thousand precious gifts

My daily thanks employ;
Nor is the least a cheerful heart,

That tastes those gifts with joy. 6 Through all eternity to Thee

A joyful song I 'll raise !
For oh! eternity alone

Can utter all Thy praise.

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1 When nature fails, and day and night

Divide Thy works no more,
My ever grateful heart, O Lord,

Thy mercy shall adore. 2 To all my weak complaints and cries

Thy mercy lent an ear,
Before my feeble thoughts had learned

To form themselves in prayer.
3 Unnumbered comforts on my soul

Thy tender care bestowed,
Before my infant heart conceived

From whence those comforts flowell.

4 When in the slippery paths of youth

With heedless steps I ran, ,
Thine arm unseen conveyed me safe,

And led me up to man.

5 Through every period of my life

Thy goodness I 'll pursue ;
And, after death, in distant worlds

The glorious theme renew.

153. C. M.

1 How are Thy servants blest, O Lord !

How sure is their defence ! Eternal wisdom is their guide,

Their help Omnipotence.
2 From all our trials, all our fears,

Thy mercy sets us free,
When, in the confidence of prayer,

Our souls take hold on Thee.

3 The storm is laid, the winds retire,

Obedient to Thy will;
The sea that roared at Thy command,

At Thy command is still.
4 In midst of dangers, fear, and death,

Thy goodness I 'll adore,
I'll praise Thee for Thy mercies past,

And humbly hope for more.
5 My life, if Thou preservest my life,

Thy sacrifice shall be;
And death, when death must be my doom,

Shall join my soul to Thee.

CHRIST AND CHRISTIANITY.

154.

P. M.

1 Darkness o'er the world was brooding,

Sadder than Egyptian gloom ; Souls by myriads lay in slumber,

Deep as of the sealed tomb. 2 Earth had lost the links which bound it

To the throne of light above; Yet an eye was watching o'er it,

And that eye was full of love. 3 Like a glorious beam of morning,

Straight a ray pierced through the cloud, Spirits mightily awakening

From their dark and heavy shroud. 4 Still that ray shines on and brightens,

Chasing mist and gloom away; Happy they on whom it gathers

With its full and perfect day!

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1 Sleep, weary world, and take thy rest,

Thy countless eye-lids close; Shut all thy cares within thy breast,

For once in peace repose. 2 Wake, slumbering world; a midnight cry

Comes with Almighty breath ;
Wake; thy redemption draweth nigh,

Rise from the dust of death.

3 Yon star, those angels, shepherds, kings,

A birth from heaven proclaim;
The Son of God salvation brings,

Emmanuel is his name.

4 Gather thy children from afar,

Of climes and tongues unknown;
Show them the stable and the star,

Christ's manger and his throne. 5 There, with the Angels, loud and sweet,

All hearts, all voices blend ;
There, with the shepherds, at his feet,

All knees, all nations, bend. 6 There, with the wise men from the East,

Sinners their offerings bring;
Each at this altar be a priest,

And every priest a king!

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1 O let your mingling voices rise
In grateful rapture to the skies,

And hail a Saviour's birth ;
Let songs of joy the day proclaim,
When Jesus all-triumphant came

To bless the sons of earth.

2 He came to bid the weary rest,
To heal the sinner's wounded breast,

To bind the broken heart;
To spread the light of truth around,
And to the world's remotest bound

The heavenly gift impart.

3 He came our trembling souls to save From sin, from sorrow, and the grave,

And chase our fears away;
Victorious over death and time,
To lead us to a happier clime,

Where reigns eternal day.

4 Then let your mingling voices rise
In grateful rapture to the skies,

And hail a Saviour's birth;
Let songs of joy the day proclaim,
When Jesus all-triumphant came

To bless the sons of earth.

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