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3 Safely conduct us, by thy grace,
Through life's perplexing road,
At thy right hand, O God.
RIPPON'S COL. A Blessing requested. 1 COME, thou soul-transforming Spirit,
Bless the sower and the seed ;
From the gospel
Which thy word's designed to give;
CowPER. “ My Soul thirsteth for God.” 1 DEAR fountain of delight unknown,
No longer sink below the brim; But overflow, and pour me down
A living and life-giving stream. 2 I want that grace that springs from thee,
That quickens all things where it flows, And makes a wretched thorn, like me,
Bloom as the myrtle, or the rose.
Through life's dark, dangerous road;
Me nearer to my God.
And when I go astray,
To wisdom's better way.
To keep my end in sight;
Let wisdom guide me right.
And penetrate my heart, —
Fountain of bliss and love,
In endless light above.
2 'Tis thine alone to calm the pious breast
With silent confidence and holy rest;
BEDDOME. Teachings of the Spirit. 1 COME, blessed Spirit, Source of light,
Whose power and grace are unconfined,
The thicker darkness of the mind. 2 To mine illumined eyes display
The glorious truth thy word reveals;
The book unfold, unloose the seals.
The mysteries of redeeming love,
The excellence of things above.
Spread, like the sun, thy beams abroad,
And guide my feeble steps to God.
MERRICK. Desire of Instruction. Ps. 119. 1 TEACH me, O teach me, Lord, thy way;
So, to my life's remotest day,
2 Informed by thee, with sacred awe,
My heart shall meditate thy law;
To thee its full obedience yield.
Thy words, my soul's supreme delight, That, purged from thirst of gold, my mind
In them its better wealth may find. 4 0, turn from vanity mine eye;
To me thy quickening strength supply;
DODDRIDGE. Seeking the Knowledge of God. 1 SHINE forth, eternal Source of light,
And make thy glories known;
With lustre all thy own.
The brightest creatures boast;
Is in thy presence lost.
Is our sublimest skill ;
True life, to obey thy will. 4 For this I long, for this I pray,
And following on pursue,
Fix and complete the view.
HENRY MOORE. Wisdom and Virtue sought from God. 1 SUPREME and universal light!
Fountain of reason! Judge of right!
On all above and all below ;2 Assist us, Lord, to act, to be,
What nature and thy laws decree;
Which from thy breathing spirit came. 3 May our expanded souls disclaim
The narrow view, the selfish aim,
Whate'er is friendly to our race.
No more we wish, no more we want;
HENRY MOORE. For Steadiness of Principle. 1 AMIDST a world of hopes and fears,
A wild of cares, and toils, and tears,
And pleasures kill, and glories cheat, 2 Shed down, O Lord, a heavenly ray,
To guide me in the doubtful way;