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When the dark hour came on,
Strengthen thy suff'ring Son,-
Send us down blest relief;
Hallow this whelming grief. 3 And thou, that, when the starry sky
Saw the dread strife begun, Didst teach adoring faith to cry,
Father, thy will be done : 4 By thy meek Spirit, thou, of all
That e'er have mourn'd the chief, Blest Saviour, if the stroke must fall,
Hallow this whelming grief. 639
10th P. M. 8 lines 85 Happiness of those whom God correcteth. OW happy the sorrowful man,
Whose sorrow is sent from above! Indulged with a visit of pain,
Chastised by omnipotent love; The Author of all his distress
He comes by affliction to know, And God he in heaven shall bless,
That ever he suffer'd below. 2 Thus, thus may I happily grieve,
And bear the intent of his rod; The marks of adoption receive
The strokes of a merciful God: With nearer access to his throne,
My burden of folly confess; The cause of my miseries own,
And cry for an answer of peace.
3 O Father of mercies, on me,
On me, in affliction, bestow
A sanctified use of my wo:
To all thy appointments submit;
And joyfully die at thy feet.
I all the felicity prove,
Of dying in Jesus's love:
With Jesus above I sit down;
And glory obtain in a crown.
4th P. M. 886, 886. Death of a relative or friend. F death our friends and us divide,
Or frown, our tears to see;
For them that rest in thee.
Beneath their mountain load; Redeem'd from death, and grief, and pain, We soon shall find our friend again
Within the arms of God. 3 Pass a few fleeting moments more, And death the blessing shall restore
Which death has snatch'd away; For us thou wilt the summons send, And give us back our parted friend,
In that eternal day.
L. M. Sustaining grace prayed for. AUGHT by our Lord, we will not pray
Out of the world to be removed ; But keep us, in our evil day,
Till patient faith is fully proved. 2 From sin, the world, and Satan's snare,
The members of thy Son defend, Till all thy character we bear,
And grace matured in glory end.
9th P. M. 87, 87. Bereavement and resignation. ESUS, while our hearts are bleeding
O’er the spoils that death has won, We would, at this solemn meeting,
Calmly say,—Thy will be done.
Though afflicted, not alone :
Blessed Lord,—Thy will be done. 3 Though to-day we're fill’d with mourning,
Mercy still is on the throne; With thy smiles of love returning,
We can sing,—Thy will be done. 4 By thy hands the boon was given;
Thou hast taken but thine own: Lord of earth, and God of heaven,
Evermore,—Thy will be done.
26th P. M. 76, 76, 76, 76.
Our hearts exulting spring,
Thou everlasting King :
We'll celebrate thy glory,
With all the saints above; And tell the wondrous story
Of thy redeeming love. 2 Soon as the morn with roses
Bedecks the dewy east, And when the sun reposes
Upon the ocean's breast; Our voice in supplication,
Jehovah, thou shalt hear; O grant us thy salvation,
And be thou ever near. 3 By thee through life supported,
We pass the dang’rous road,
Up to their bright abode;
Our toils and conflicts o'er,
Forever, ever more.
THE CLOSET. 644
C. M. Retirement and meditation. AR from the world, O Lord, I flee,
From scenes where Satan wages still
His most successful war.
With prayer and praise agree;
For those who follow thee.
And grace her mean abode;
Does she commune with God!
4 Author and Guardian of my life,
Sweet Source of light divine, And all harmonious names in one,
My Saviour,—thou art mine! 5 The thanks I owe thee, and the love,
A boundless, endless store,
When time shall be no more. 645
C. M. Enter into thy closet. ATHER of Jesus Christ, my Lord,
I humbly seek thy face; Encouraged by the Saviour's word
To ask thy pard’ning grace. 2 Ent’ring into my closet, I
The busy world exclude;
And groan to be renewid.
I solemnly retire;
And grant my heart's desire. 4 Fain would I all thy goodness feel,
And know my sins forgiven; And do on earth thy perfect will,
As angels do in heaven. 646
Sees through the darkest night;
With heart-discerning sight.
My faithful homage paid,
And every evening's shade.