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1 Long have we heard the joyful sound
Of thy salvation, Lord!
How slow to learn thy word !
2 Oft we frequent thy holy place,
Yet hear almost in vain;
Our languid powers retain.
3 How cold and feeble is our love!
How negligent our fear!
How few affections there!
4 Great God! thy sovereign aid impart
To give thy word success;
And deep its truths impress.
5 Oh! speed our progress in the way
That leads to joys on high;
And love shall never die!
8. 7. Prayer for the peace of God.
John xx, 19. 2 Cor. xiii, 14.
Peace to every soul therein;
Peace, the fruit of pardon'd sin;
Peace, that comes from God alone;
Peace, to worldly minds unknown.
Fix in all our hearts thy home;
Let thy sacred kingdom come;
Give our raptured souls to prove
In the realms of bliss above.
And the Father's boundless love,
Rest upon us from above:
With each other and the Lord;
Joys which earth can ne'er afford.
1 LORD! help us on thy word to feed;
In peace dismiss us hence;
Our refuge and defence.
2 Departing hence, we bless thy name;
We bless thy gracious word;
The goodness of the Lord.
A blessing sought on the seed sown.
Isa. lv, 10, 11.
ON WHAT has now been sown
To make it spring and grow:
Fill our hearts with joy and peace;
(h! refresh us,
For thy gospel's joyful sound;
May thy presence
With us evermore be found. 3 So whene'er the signal's given
Us from earth to call away,
May we ready
Rise and reign in endless day. 351
Every voice and every heart
2 Here we all may meet no more:
But there is a happier shore;
Brethren! we shall meet again.
Be eternal glory done;
Gladly join the loud Amen.
L. M. The table of the Lord.
Matt. xxvi, 26-30.
And doth thy cup with love o'erflow?
And let them all thy sweetness know. 2 Hail, sacred feast, which Jesus makes !
Rich banquet of his flesh and blood !
That sacred stream, that heavenly food! 3 Lord ! let thy table honour'd be,
And furnish'd well with joyful guests;
That here its sacred pledges tastes. 4 Let crowds approach with hearts prepar'd,
And round thy holy table bend;