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2 Lift up, for all mankind to see,

The standard of their Saviour God, And point them to the shameful tree,

The cross, all stain'd with hallow'd blood. 3 Himself prepares his people's hearts,

Breaks and binds up, and wounds and heals ; A mystic death and life imparts;

Empties the full, the emptied fills : 4 He fills whom first he hath prepared ;

With him the perfect grace is given : Himself is here our great reward, ---

Our future and our present heaven. 212

S. M.
Sow beside all waters.
NOW in the morn thy seed;

At eve hold not thy hand;
To doubt and fear give thou no heed, -

Broad-cast it o'er the land.
2 Thou know'st not which shall thrive,--

The late or early sown ;
Grace keeps the precious germ alive,

When and wherever strown: 3 And duly shall appear,

In verdure, beauty, strength,
The tender blade, the stalk, the ear,

And the full corn at length. 4 Thou canst not toil in vain :

Cold, heat, and moist, and dry, Shall foster and mature the grain

For garners in the sky. 213

L. M.
The angels of the churches.
RAW near, O Son of God, draw near;

Us with thy flaming eye behold;
Still in thy Church do thou appear,

And let our candlestick be gold.

D

2 Still hold the stars in thy right hand,

And let them in thy lustre glow,The lights of a benighted land,

The angels of thy Church below. 3 Make good their apostolic boast;

Their high commission let them prove; Be temples of the Holy Ghost,

And fill’d with faith, and hope, and love 4 Give them an ear to hear thy word;

Thou speakest to the churches now : And let all tongues confess their Lord,-.

Let every knee to Jesus bow.
214

S. M.
For a blessing on ministers.
ESUS, thy servants bless,

Who, sent by thee, proclaim
The peace, and joy, and righteousness

Experienced in thy name :
The kingdom of our God,

Which grace divine imparts;
The power of thy victorious blood,-

Which reigns in faithful hearts. 2 Their souls with faith supply,

With life and liberty;
And then they preach and testify

The things concerning thee:
And live for this alone,

Thy grace to minister;
And all thou hast for sinners done,

In life and death declare.

J ,

L. M.

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For the success of ministers. ATHER of mercies, bow thine ear,

Attentive to our earnest prayer: We plead for those who plead for thee: Successful pleaders may they be.

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2 0, clothe their words with power divine,
And let those words be ever thine;
To them thy sacred truth reveal;
Suppress their fear, inflame their zeal.
3 Teach them to sow the precious seed;
Teach them thy chosen flock to feed;
Teach them immortal souls to gain,-
And thus reward their toil and pain.
4 Let thronging multitudes around
Hear from their lips the joyful sound;
In humble strains thy grace implore,
And feel thy Spirit's living power.
216

C. M.
God's blessing ensures success.
OW, Lord, fulfil thy faithful word,

Thy servants' labours bless;
Now let the prayer of faith be heard,

And grant them full success. 2 Long have they in thy vineyard wrought,

And with unwearied toil; Alas! they spend their strength for naught,

Upon a sterile soil.
3 Arise, O God, exert thy power;

Thy people's hope sustain ;
And richly on thy vineyard shower

The first and latter rain.
4 Lord, we commend the work to thee;

Thy servants guide and bless; Thy guidance gives security,

Thy blessing,full success. 217

L. M.
He giveth the increase.
GH on his everlasting throne,

The King of saints his work surveys; Marks the dear souls he calls his own,

- And smiles on the peculiar race.

HIGHE

2 He rests well pleased their toils to see;

Beneath his easy yoke they move: With all their heart and strength agree

In the sweet labour of his love.
3 See where the servants of the Lord,

A busy multitude, appear :
For Jesus day and night employ'd,

His heritage they toil to clear. 4 The love of Christ their hearts constrains,

And strengthens their unwearied hands; They spend their sweat, and blood, and pains,

To cultivate Immanuel's lands. 5 Jesus their toil delighted sees,

Their industry vouchsafes to crown: He kindly gives the wish'd increase,

And sends the promised blessing down.

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4th P. M. 886, 886. Entire dependence on Christ. "XCEPT the Lord conduct the plan,

The best concerted schemes are vain, And never can succeed ; We spend our wretched strength for naught; But if our works in thee be wrought,

They shall be blest indeed.
2 Lord, if thou didst thyself inspire
Our souls with this intense desire,

Thy goodness to proclaim;
Thy glory if we now intend,
O let our deeds begin and end

Complete in Jesus' name.
3 In Jesus' name behold we meet,
Far from an evil world retreat,

And all its frantic ways;
One only thing resolved to know,
And square our useful lives below,

By reason and by grace.

4 Not in the tombs we pine to dwell, Not in the dark monastic cell,

By vows and grates confined; Freely to all ourselves we give, Constrain’d by Jesus' love to live

The servants of mankind. 5 Now, Jesus, now thy love impart, To govern each devoted heart,

And fit us for thy will ; Deep founded in the truth of grace, Build up thy rising Church, and place

The city on the hill.
6 0 let our love and faith abound;
O let our lives, to all around,

With purest lustre shine;
That all around our works may see,
And give the glory, Lord, to thee,

The heavenly light divine. 219

C. M. The minister's only business. ESUS, the Name high over all,

In hell, or earth, or sky; Angels and men before it fall,

And devils fear and fly. 2 Jesus, the Name to sinners dear,

The Name to sinners given; It scatters all their guilty fear;

It turns their hell to heaven. 3 Jesus the pris’ner's fetters breaks,

And bruises Satan's head; Power into strengthless souis he speaks,

And life into the dead. 4 O that the world might taste and see

The riches of his grace;
The arms of love that compass me,

Would all mankind embrace.

JES

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