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2 Exert thy sacred influence here,
And here thy suppliants bless;
And change to strains of cheerful praise,
Their accents of distress.
3 With faithful heart, with skilful hand,
May this thy flock be fed!
And with a steady, growing pace,
To Zion's mountain led.
354. C. M. Steele.
An Appeal to a Mediator, in view of National Judgments.
YOME, let our souls adore the Lord,
Whose judgments yet delay,
Who yet suspends the lifted sword,
And gives us leave to pray.
2 Great is our guilt, our fears are great;
But let us not despair;
Still open is the mercy-seat,
To penitence and prayer.
3 Kind Intercessor! to thy love
This blessed hope we owe;
O let thy merits plead above,
While we implore below.
4 O gracious God, for Jesus' sake
Attend our humble cry!
Nor let the kindling vengeance break
Destructive from thine eye.
5 Though justice near thy awful throne Awaits thy dread command,
Lord, hear thy servants, hear thy Son,
And save a guilty land!
355. C. M.
Children dedicated to God in Scriptural form.
XALTED Prince, thou Prince of peace!
Behold our children here;
And with thy word, impart thy grace,
That they may learn thy fear.
2 Our offspring we would thus present,
To thy compassion, Lord;
O let thy sov'reign grace prevent
Their choosing folly's road.-
3 Conduct them through a world of cares,
And keep them near to thee;
From sin's seducing baits and snares,
Teach them, O Lord, to flee.
4 Their parents bless with heavenly skill, Their tender minds to sway,
And bow each restiff, stubborn will,
Thy precepts to obey.
5 And when our toils on earth are done,
And thou shalt bid us come,
Grant us the plaudit of Well done,"
And take our children home.
356. C. M. Rippon's Selection. Prayer for children.
REAT God, now condescend
To bless our rising race;
Soon may their willing spirits bend
To thy triumphant grace.
O what a vast delight,
Their happiness to see!
Our warmest wishes all unite,
To lead their souls to thee.
Thy gracious Spirit pour
Upon our infant seed;
O bring the long'd for happy hour,
That makes them free indeed.
4 May they receive thy word,
Confess the Saviour's name;
Then follow their despised Lord,
Through the baptismal stream.
5 Thus let our favour'd race
Surround thy sacred board,
There to adore thy sovereign grace,
And sing their Saviour God.
357. C. M. Williams.
Calmness and Thankfulness desired.
WHILST thee I seek, protecting Power,
And may this consecrated hour
With better hopes be fill'd.
2 Thy love the power of thought bestow'd,
To thee my thoughts would soar;
Thy mercy o'er my life has flow'd,
That mercy I adore.
3 In each event of life, how clear
Thy ruling hand I see!
Each blessing to my soul most dear,
Because conferr'd by thee.
4 In every joy that crowns my days, In every pain I bear,
My heart shall find delight in praise,
Or seek relief in prayer.
5 When gladness wings my favour'd hour,
Thy love my thoughts shall fill;
Resign'd when storms of sorrow lower,
My soul shall meet thy will.
6 My lifted eye without a tear
The gathering storm shall see;
My steadfast heart shall know no fear,
That heart shall rest on thee.
358. C. M.
Prepare to meet thy God.
AN awful voice of thunder roll'd,
Prepare to meet thy
Seiz'd with a solemn dread, my soul
Sunk down beneath a load.
2 What shall I do to find relief?
Ah! whither shall I flee?
Or how be melted into grief?
Dear Saviour, pity me!
3 A word roll'd through my throbbing breast, I am the way to heaven;
I am the weary sinner's rest;
Believe, and be forgiven.
4 I thought of Jesus when he died;
The cross, the nail, the spear;
I thought upon his wounded side,
And hop'd my guilt was there.
5 A change was felt through all the soul,
And joy and sorrow flow'd;
It made the wounded spirit whole,
Reliev'd me of my load.
6 O may I never, never grieve,
My blessed Saviour more!
With stronger faith may I believe,
With all my powers adore.
359. C. M.
The Mutual Acts of Hope and Fear
A beams of mercy round me shone,
To Christ I all resign'd,
And guilt, and fear of hell were gone,
As faith on him reclin❜d.
2 The hope of everlasting rest,
My burthen'd heart reliev'd,
But soon a fear disturb'd my breast,
Lest I should be deceiv'd.
3 The different acts of hope and fear,
While they themselves contend,
Awake the fervency of
And both my soul befriend.
4 Does unbelief mine eye bedim? Fear hastes to seek relief,
And thence my hope revives again,
And triumphs o'er its grief.
5 The hope of his approving smile,
Fear of his chastening rod,
Move and assist us all the while,
To intercourse with God.
6 This filial fear, O Lord, increase,
All hurtful fears remove;
Grant me from sin a full release,
And fill me with thy love.
360. S. M.
Coming before the Church.
thou hast advis'd
All needy souls to come
To thee, and yield to be baptis'd,
And make thy church their hom.e.
2 Obedient to thy call,
I come to Zion now,
To own that thou art all in all,
And do thy will below.
3 O, I remember well,
When lost to all that's good,
And sinking to the flames of hell,
How I was sav'd by blood.
4 Dissolv'd in pious grief,
And venting broken sighs;
I look'd to thee and found relief,
And wip'd my streaming eyes.
5 Saviour, if then I felt
The pangs of pious grief,
Now make my callous bosom melt,
And grant renew'd relief.
361. C. M.
The sweetness of Repentance.
WEET were the tears that once I shed,
Sweet their remembrance now;