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4th P. M. 886, 886. Bliss-inspiring hope. TOME on, my partners in distress,

My comrades through the wilderness, Who still your bodies feel : Awhile forget your griefs and fears, And look beyond this vale of tears,

To that celestial hill. 2 Beyond the bounds of time and space, Look forward to that heavenly place,

The saints' secure abode;
On faith's strong eagle pinions rise,
And force your passage to the skies,

And scale the mount of God.
3 Who suffer with our Master here,
We shall before his face appear,

And by his side sit down;
To patient faith the prize is sure;
And all that to the end endure

The cross, shall wear the crown.
4 Thrice blessed, bliss-inspiring hope !
It lifts the fainting spirits up;

It brings to life the dead :
Our conflicts here shall soon be past,
And you and I ascend at last,

Triumphant with our Head.
5 That great mysterious Deity,
We soon with open face shall see;

The beatific sight Shall fill the heavenly courts with praise, And wide diffuse the golden blaze

Of everlasting light.

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The full assurance of hope.
COW happy every child of grace,

Who knows his sins forgiven!
This earth, he cries, is not my place;

I seek my place in heaven:
A country far from mortal sight,

Yet, O, by faith I see;
The land of rest, the saints' delight,

The heaven prepared for me.
2 O what a blessed hope is ours !

While here on earth we stay,
We more than taste the heavenly powers

And ante-date that day :
We feel the resurrection near,-

Our life in Christ conceal'd, -
And with his glorious presence hero

Our earthen vessels fill'd. 3 () would he more of heaven bestow !

And when the vessels break,
Let our triumphant spirits go

To grasp the God we seek;
In rapturous awe on lIim to gaze,

Who bought the sight for me;
And shout and wonder at his grace

To all eternity.

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C. M. Continued.- Endless bliss in prospect. STRANGER in the world below

I calmly sojourn here; Nor can its happiness or wo

Provoke my hope or fear :
Its evils in a moment end ;

Its joys as soon are past:
But O, the bliss to which I tend

Eternally shall last.

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2 To that Jerusalem above,

With singing I repair ; While in the flesh, my hope and love,

My heart and soul, are there. There my exalted Saviour stands,

My merciful High Priest; And still extends his wounded hands,

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The goodly land.
AR from these scenes of night,

Unbounded glories rise,
And realms of joy and pure delight,

Unknown to mortal eyes.
2 Fair land could mortal eyes

But half its charms explore,
How would our spirits long to rise,

And dwell on earth no more!
3 No cloud those regions know,-

Realms ever bright and fair ; For sin, the source of mortal wo,

Can never enter there. 4 O may the prospect fire

Our hearts with ardent love, Till wings of faith, and strong desire,

Bear every thought above. 5 Prepared, by grace divine,

For thy bright courts on high, Lord, bid our spirits rise and join

The chorus of the sky. 929

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The kingdoms are but one.
APPY the souls to Jesus join'd,

alone e; Walking in all his ways, they find Their heaven on earth begun.

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And saved by grace

2 The church triumphant in thy love,

Their mighty joys we know :
They sing the Lamb in hymns above,

And we in hymns below. 3 Thee in thy glorious realm they praise,

And bow before thy throne ; We in the kingdom of thy grace:

The kingdoms are but one.
4 The holy to the holiest leads,

And thence our spirits rise;
For he that in thy statutes treads,

Shall meet thee in the skies.

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C. M. The heavenly Canaan. THERE is a land of pure delight, Infinite day excludes the night,

And pleasures banish pain. 2 There cverlasting spring abides,

And never-with’ring flowers : Death, like a narrow sea, divides

This heavenly land from ours. 3 Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood

Stand dress'd in living green; So to the Jews old Canaan stood,

While Jordan roll'd between. 4 Could we but climb where Moses stood,

And view the landscape o'er, Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flen,

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The promised land.
ON Jordan's stormy banks I stand,

cast a
To Canaan's fair and happy land,

Where my possessions lie.

2 0 the transporting, rapturous scene,

That rises to iny sight!
Sweet fields array'd in living green,

And rivers of delight.
3 There generous fruits that never fail,

On trees immortal grow; There rock, and hill, and brook, and vale,

With milk and honey flow.
4 O’er all those wide-extended plains

Shines one eternal day;
There God the Son forever reigns,

And scatters night away. 5 No chilling winds, or pois’nous breath,

Can reach that healthful shore; Sickness and sorrow, pain and death,

Are felt and fear'd no more. 6 When shall I reach that happy place,

And be forever blest?
When shall I see my Father's face,

And in his bosom rest? 7 Filld with delight, my raptured soul

Would here no longer stay: Though Jordan's waves around me roll,

Fearless I'd launch away.

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The pilgrim's home.
HILE through this world we roam,

From infancy to age,
Heaven is the Christian pilgrim's home,

His rest at every stage. 2 Thither his soul ascends.

Eternal joys to share;
There his adoring spirit bends,

While here he kneels in prayer.

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