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130. At the Settlement of a Minister. (L. M.)
1
SHEP
HEPHERD of Israel, thou dost keep-

With constant care thy humble sheep;
By thee inferior pastors rise,

To feed our souls, and bless our eyes. 2 To all thy churches snch impart,

Modell’d by thine own gracious heart;
Whose courage, watchfulness, and love,

Men may attest, and God approve. 3 Fed by their active tender care,

Healthful may all thy sheep appear,
And, by their fair example led,

The way to Zion's pastures tread.
4 Here hast thou listen'd to our vows,

And scatter'd blessings on thy house ;
Thy saints are succour'd, and no more

As sheep without a guide deplore.
5 Completely heal each former stroke,

And bless the shepherd and the flock;
Confirm the hopes thy mercies raise,
And own this tribute of our praise.

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131. Christ ever present with his Ministers. (P. M.) 1 WIDE o’er all worlds the Saviour reigns,

Unmov'd his power and love remains;
And on his arm his church shall rest.
Fair Zion, joyful in her King,
Through every changing age shall sing,

With his perpetual presence blest.

2 Tyrannic death, in vain thy rage,
Thy triumphs new in every age,

O'er the first heroes of his host;
Conscious of more than mortal aid,
Our bleeding hearts are not dismay'd,

But an immortal leader boast.

3 Though buried deep in dust they lie,
Whose tuneful voices rais'd on high

Led the sweet anthems to his name;
The children learn the father's song,
And unform’d tongues shall still prolong

The ever-present Saviour's fame.

4 The present Saviour, he shall give
Millions of future saints to live,

And crowd the temples of his grace:
The present Saviour, lo, he comes,
To call whole legions from their tombs,

And teach their dust sublimer praise.

FAST DAY.

132. Prayer and Hope of Victory. (L. M.)
1 Now may the God of pow'r and grace,

Attend his people's humble cry!
Jehovah hears when Isr'el prays,

And brings deliv'rance from on high. 2 The Name of Jacob's God defends,

Better than shields or brazen walls;
He, from his sanctuary, sends,
Succour and strength when Zion calls.

3 Well he remembers all our sighs ;

His love exceeds our best deserts ;
His love accepts the sacrifice,

Of humble groans, and broken hearts. 4 In his salvation is our hope,

And in the name of Isr'el's God,
Our troops shall lift their banners up, —

Our navies spread their flags abroad. 5 Some trust in horses train’d for war,

And some of chariots make their boast;
Our surest expectations are,

From thee, the Lord, of heav'nly hosts. 6 O may the mem'ry of thy name

Inspire our armies for the fight !
Our foes shall fall, and die with shame,

Or quit the field with shameful flight! 7 Now save us, Lord, from slavish fear;

Now let our hopes be firm and strong,
"Till thy salvation shall appear,
And joy and triumph raise the song.

133.

The Church's Safety. (L. M.)

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1 COD is the refuge of his saints,

When storms of sharp distress invade; Ere we can offer our complaints,

Behold him present with his aid.
2 Let mountains from their seats be hurld,

Down to the deep, and buried there;
Convulsions shake the solid world,
Our faith shall never yield to fear.

3 Loud may the troubled ocean roar,

In sacred peace our souls abide;
While ev'ry nation, ev'ry shore,
Trembles, and dreads the swelling tide.

4 There is a stream, whose gentle flow

Supplies the city of our God:
Life, love, and joy, still gliding through,
And wat’ring our divine abode.

5 That sacred stream, thine holy word,

That all our raging fears controuls ;
Sweet peace thy promises afford,
And give new strength to fainting souls.

6 Sion enjoys her Monarch's love,

Secure against a threatning hour ;
Nor can her firm foundations move,
Built on his truth, and arm’d with pow'r,

134. On a Day of Humiliation for Disappointment

in War.

1

LORD, hast thou cast the nation off?
Wilt thou indulge immortal wrath?

Shall mercy ne'er return ?

2 The terror of one frown of thine,

Melts all our strength away;
Like men that totter, drunk with wine,

We tremble in dismay.

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3 Great Britain shakes beneath thy stroke,

And dreads thy threatning band :
O heal the island thou hast broke;-

Confirm the wav'ring land.
4 Lift up a banner in the field,

For those that fear thy name ;
Save thy beloved with thy shield,

And put our foes to shame.
5 Go with our armies to the fight,

Like a confed'rate God;
In vain confed’rate powrs unite,

Against thy lifted rod.
6 Our troops shall gain a wide renown,

By thine assisting hand;
'Tis God that treads the mighty down,

And makes the feeble stand.

135. National Judgments. (C. M.)
1 THE gathering clouds, with aspect dark,

A rising storm presage ;
O! to be bid within the ark,

And shelter'd from its rage!
2 See the commission'd angel frown;

That vial in his hand,
Filld with fierce wrath, is pouring down,

Upon our guilty land !
3 May we, at least, with one consent,

Fall low before the throne;
With tears the nation's sins lament,-

The church's and our own.

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