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3 Thanks for mercies past receive;

Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us henceforth how to live

With eternity in view :
Bless thy word to young and old;

Fill us with a Saviour's love;
And when life's short tale is told,

May we reign with thee above.

NEW-YEAR.

COM

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18th P. M. 10, 5, 11. Renewed fidelity and zeal. OME, let us anew our journey pursue,

Roll round with the year,
And never stand still till the Master appear.
His adorable will let us gladly fulfil,

And our talents improve, By the patience of hope, and the labour of love. 2 Our life is a dream; our time, as a stream,

Glides swiftly away,
And the fugitive moment refuses to stay.
The arrow is flown,—the moment is gone;

The millennial year Rushes on to our view, and eternity's here. 30 that each, in the day of His coming, may

say,— 1 have fought my way through ; I have finish'd the work thou didst give me to do. O that each from his Lord may receive the glad

word,— Well and faithfully done! Enter into my joy, and sit down on my throne.

COM

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C. M
Renewing the covenant.
NOME, let us use the grace divine,

And all, with one accord,
In a perpetual cov’nant join

Ourselves to Christ the Lord ;2 Give up ourselves, through Jesus' power,

His Name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,

For God to live and die.
3 The cov'nant we this moment make

Be ever kept in mind;
We will no more our God forsake,

Or cast his words behind.
4 We never will throw off his fear,

Who hears our solemn vow;
And if thou art well pleased to hear,

Come down, and meet us now.
5 Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

Let all our hearts receive; Present with the celestial host,

The peaceful answer give. 6 To each the cov’nant blood apply,

Which takes our sins away; And register our names on high,

And keep us to that day. 1055

C. M
With praise and thanksgiving.
VING to the great Jehovah's praise ;

All praise to him belongs;
Who kindly lengthens out our days,

Demands our choicest songs :
His providence hath brought us through

Another various year;
We all, with vows and anthems new.

Before our God appear.

SIMO

2 Father, thy mercies past we own,

Thy still continued care, -
To thee presenting, through thy Son,

Whate'er we have or are:
Our lips and lives shall gladly show

The wonders of thy love;
While on in Jesus' steps we go,

To seek thy face above. 3 Our residue of days or hours

Thine, wholly thine, shall be;
And all our consecrated powers

A sacrifice to thee,--
Till Jesus in the clouds appear,

To saints on earth forgiven,
And bring the grand Sabbatic year,

The jubilee of heaven. 1056

3d P. M. 4 6s & 2 Ss.
The barren fig-tree.
HE Lord of earth and sky,

The God of ages, praise,
Who reigns enthroned on high,

Ancient of endless days,-
Who lengthens out our trials here,
And spares us yet another year.
2 Barren and wither'd trees,

We cumber'd long the ground;
No fruit of holiness

On our dead souls was found;
Yet doth he us in mercy spare,
Another and another

year.
3 When justice bared the sword

To cut the fig-tree down,
The pity of the Lord

Cried, -Let it still alone :
The Father mild inclines his ear,
And spares us yet another year.

THE

4 Jesus, thy speaking blood

Froin God obtain'd the grace,
Who therefore hath bestow'd

On us a longer space;
Thou didst in our behalf appear,
And, lo! we see another year.
5 Then dig about the root;

Break up our fallow ground;
And let our gracious fruit

To thy great praise abound;
O let us all thy praise declare,
And fruit unto perfection bear.

OUR.

BREVITY AND UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE. 1057

S. M.
On beginning a new year.
UR few revolving years,

How swift they glide away;
How short the terin of life appears

When past—but as a day! -
2 A dark and cloudy day,

Clouded by grief and sin;
A host of enemies without,

Distressing fears within.
3 Lord, through another year

If thou permit our stay,
With diligence may we pursue

The true and living way. 1058

C. M Frailty of life. we adore, eternal Name: And humbly own to thee How feeble is our mortal frame

What dying worms are we !

THEE

2 Our wasting lives grow shorter still,

As days and months increase; And every beating pulse we tell,

Leaves but the number less. 3 The year rolls round, and steals away

The breath that first it gave: Whate'er we do, where'er we be,

We're travelling to the grave. 4 Dangers stand thick through all the ground,

To push us to the tomb;
And fierce diseases wait around,

To burry mortals home.
5 Infinite joy, or endless wó,

Attends on every breath;
And yet how unconcern'd we go,

Upon the brink of death!
6 Waken, O Lord, our drowsy sense

To walk this dang’rous road; And if our souls are hurried hence,

May they be found with God! 1059

C. M. Man frail-God eternal.

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Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home :-
2 Under the shadow of thy chrone

Still may we dwell secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.
3 Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God,

To endless years the same.

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