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263 EISENACH L. M.

JOHANN HERMANN SCHEIN

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2 In mercy, Father, now give heed,

And pour Thy quickening Spirit's breath
On those whom Thou hast called to feed
Thy flock redeemed by Jesus' death.

3 O Saviour, from Thy piercèd hand

Shed o'er them all Thy gifts divine;
That those who in Thy presence stand
May do Thy will with love like Thine.

4 Blest Spirit, in their hearts abide,

And give them grace to watch and pray;
That, as they seek Thy flock to guide,
Themselves may keep the narrow way.

5 O God, Thy strength and mercy send

To shield them in their strife with sin;
Grant them, enduring to the end,
The crown of life at last to win. Amen.

THOMAS E. POWELL

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2 Within Thy temple when they stand,

To teach the truth as taught by Thee, Saviour, like stars in Thy right hand,

Let all Thy Church's pastors be.

3 Wisdom, and zeal, and faith impart,

Firmness and meekness from above, To bear Thy people in their heart,

And love the souls whom Thou dost love;

4 To watch, and pray, and never faint,

By day and night strict guard to keep, To warn the sinner, cheer the saint,

To feed Thy lambs, and fold Thy sheep.

5 So, when their work is finished here,

They may in hope their charge resign;
So, when their Master shall appear,
They may with crowns of glory shine. Amen.

JAMES MONTGOMERY

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2 Anoint them prophets! Make their ears attent

To Thy divinest speech; their hearts awake To human need; their lips make eloquent

To assure the right, and every evil break.
3 Anoint them priests! Strong intercessors they

For pardon, and for charity and peace!
Ah, if with them the world might pass, astray,

Into the dear Christ's life of sacrifice!

4 Anoint them kings! aye kingly kings, O Lord!

Anoint them with the spirit of Thy Son: Theirs, not a jewelled crown, a blood-stained sword;

Theirs, by sweet love, for Christ a kingdom won. 5 Make them apostles! Heralds of Thy Cross,

Forth may they go to tell all realms Thy grace; Inspired of Thee, may they count all but loss,

And stand at last with joy before Thy face. 6 O mighty age of prophet-kings, return!

O truth, O faith enrich our urgent time! Lord Jesus Christ, again with us sojourn; A weary world awaits Thy reign sublime! Amen.

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4 Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants

What they ask of Thee to gain,
What they gain from Thee, for ever

With the blessed to retain,
And hereafter in Thy glory
Evermore with Thee to reign. Amen.

Latin Hymn, 6th or 7th Cent. Tr. John M. NEALE

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3 Yet everywhere Thou guid'st Thine own 6 Here to the weary, hungry soul,

To raise for Thee an earthly throne; Give Thou the gift that maketh whole; And where Thy Name Thou dost record, The bread that is Christ's flesh, for food, There Thou wilt come and bless them, The wine that is the Saviour's blood. Lord!

7 Lord, we are few, but Thou art near; 4 Great Shepherd of Thy chosen few, Nor short Thine arm, nor deaf Thine Thy former mercies here renew;

ear; And here to wayward hearts proclaim Oh, rend the heavens, come quickly down, The sweetness of Thy saving Name! And make a thousand hearts Thine own!

Amen. WILLIAM COWPER

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