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Since thou, the everlasting God,

My Father art become;
Jesus my guardian and my friend,

And heaven my final home:
I welcome all thy sovereign will,

For all that will is love;
And when I know not what thou dost,

I wait the light above.
Thy covenant the last accent claims

Of this poor faltering tongue;
And that shall the first notes employ
Of my celestial song, .

HYMN 230. C. M.

Final perseverance.
REJOICE, believers, in the Lord,

Who makes your cause his own;
The hope that's built upon his word

Can ne'er be overthrown.
Though many foes beset your road,

And feeble is your arm,
Your life is hid with Christ in God,

Beyond the reach of harm.
Weak as you are, you shall not faint,

Or fainting shall not die;
Jesus, the strength of every saint,

Will aid you from on high.
Though unperceiv'd by mortal sense,

Faith views him always near,
A guide, a glory, a defence,

Then what have you to fear ?
As surely as he overcame,

And triumph'd once for you;
So surely you that love his name

Shall triumph in him too.

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HYMN 231.

As thy day, 80 shall thy strength be.1 AFFLICTED saint, to Christ draw near ;

The Saviour's gracious promise hear;
His faithful word declares to thee,

That “as thy day, thy strength shall be." 2 Thy faith is weak, thy foes are strong ;

But, though the conflict may be long,
Thy Lord will make the teinpter flee,

For“ as thy day, thy strength shall be." 3 Should persecution rage and flame,

Still trust in thy Redeemer's name;
In fiery trials thou shalt see,
That "as thy day, thy strength shall be.”
When call'd by him to bear the cross.
Reproach, affliction, pain, or loss,
Or deep distress and poverty,

Still “as thy day, thy strength shall be.” 5 When death at length appears in view,

Christ's presence shall thy fears subdue,
He comes to set thy spirit free,
And “as thy day, thy strength shall be."

HYMN 232. 8s.
This God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our

guide even unto death."
THIS God is the God we adore,

Our faithful, unchangeable friend,
Whose love is as great as his power,

And neither knows measure nor end :
'Tis Jesus, the First and the Last,

Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We'll praise him for all that is past,

And trust him for all that's to come.

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HYMN 233. 8. M.

Invitation to praise.
AWAKE, and sing the song

Of Moses and the Lamb;
Wake, every heart and every tongue,

To praise the Saviour's name.
Sing of his dying love,

Sing of his rising power,
Sing how he intercedes above

For those whose sins he bore.
Sing till we feel our hearts

Ascending with our tongues ;
Sing till the love of sin departs,

And grace inspires our songs.
Soon shall we hear him say,

“ Ye blessed children, come;"
Soon will be call us hence away,

And take his wanderers home.
There shall our raptur'd tongue

His endless praise proclaim;
And sweeter voices tune the song
Of Moses and the Lamb.

HYMN 234. C. M.
God's presence is light in darkness.
MY God, the spring of all my joys,

The life of my delights,
The glory of my brightest days,

And comfort of my nights !
In darkest shades if thou appear,

My dawning is begun;
Thou art my soul's bright morning-star,

And thou my rising sun.

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The opening heavens around me shine

With beams of sacred bliss,
While Jesus tells me he is mine,

And whispers I am his.
My soul would leave this heavy clay,

At that transporting word,
Mount up with joy the shining way,

To see and praise my Lord.
Fearless of hell and ghastly death,

I'd break through every foe;
The wings of love and arms of faith

Should bear me conqueror through.

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HYMN 235. C. M.

· My presence shall go with thee."' HOW happy they who know the Lord,

With whom he deigns to dwell !
He feeds and guides them by his word,

His arm supports them well.
To them in each distressing hour,
His throne of

grace
And when they plead his love and power,

He bends a listening ear.
Flis presence sweetens all their cares,

And makes their burdens light;
A word from him dispels their fears,

And gilds the gloom of night.
May we, O Lord, enjoy and prize

These tokens of thy love;
Till thou shalt bid our spirits rise,

To dwell with thee above.

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HYMN 236. s. M.

Heavenly joy on earth.
COME, ye that love the Lord,

And let your joys be known,
Join in a song with sweet accord,

And thus surround the throne.
The sorrows of the mind

Be banish'd from this place!
Religion never was design'd

To make our pleasures less.
The sons of

grace

have found
Glory begun below;
Celestial fruits on earthly ground

From faith and hope may grow.
The hill of Sion yields

A thousand sacred sweets,
Before we reach the heavenly fields,

Or walk the golden streets.
Then let our songs abound,
And
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tear be dry;
We're passing through Immanuel's ground,
To fairer worlds on high.

HYMN 237. c. M.
The happiness of being united to Christ.
JIAPPY the souls to Jesus join'd,

And sav'd by grace alone ;
Walking in all his ways they find

Their heaven on earth begun.
The church triumphant in thy love,
Their

joys in part we know,
They sing the Lamb in hymns above,

And we in hymns below.

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