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REST from Thy labour, rest,
Soul of the just set free! Blest be thy memory, and blest
Thy bright example be.
Now, toil and conflict o'er,
Go, take with saints thy place ; But go as each has gone before,
A sinner saved by grace.
LORD Christ, into Thy hands
Our pastor we resign; And now we wait Thine own commands:
We were not his, but Thine.
Thou art Thy Church's Head,
And when the members die, Thou raisest others in their stead :
To Thee we list our eye.
On Thee our hopes depend ;
We gather round our Rock : Send whom Thou wilt; but condescend
Thyself to feed Thy flock
COME in, thou blesséd of the LORD ;.
Stranger nor foe art thou.
We welcome thee with warm accord,
Our friend, our brother now.
The hand of fellowship, the heart
Of love, we offer thee.
Leaving the world, thou dost but part
From lies and vanity.
The cup of blessing which we bless,
The heavenly bread we break,-
Our Saviour's blood and righteousness, -
Freely with us partake.
In weal or woe, in joy or care,
Thy portion shall be ours.
Christians their mutual burdens bear;
They lend their mutual powers.
Come with us; we will do thee good,
As God to us hath done.
Stand but in Him, as those have stood,
Whose faith the victory won.
And when, by turns, we pass away,
As star by star grows dim,
May each, translated into day,
Be lost and found in Him.
MEETING OF CHRIST'S MINISTERS.
POUR out Thy Spirit from on high ;
LORD, Thine assembled servants bless;
Graces and gifts to each supply,
And clothe Thy priests with righteousness.
Within Thy temple, where we stand
To teach the truth, as taught by Thee,
Saviour, like stars in Thy right hand
The angels of the Churches be.
Wisdom and zeal and faith impart,
Firmness with meekness from above,
To bear Thy people on our heart,
And love the souls whom Thou dost love;
To watch and pray, and never faint ;
By day and night strict guard to keep;
To warn the sinner, cheer" the saint,
Nourish Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.
Then, when our work is finished here,
In humble hope our charge resign.
When the Chief Shepherd shall appear,
O God, may they and we be Thine.
HRICE happy he who shuns the way
That leads ungodly men astray;
Who fears to stand where sinners meet,
Nor with the scorner takes his seat.
The law of God is his delight;
That cloud by day, that fire by night,
Shall be his comfort in distress,
And guide him through the wilderness.
His works shall prosper ;-he shall be
A fruitful, fair, unwithering tree,
That, planted where the river flows,
Nor drought, nor frost, nor mildew knows.
Not so the wicked; they are cast
Like chaff upon the eddying blast;
In judgment they shall quake for dread,
Nor with the righteous lift their head.
For God hath spied their secret path,
And they shall perish in His wrath;
He, too, hath marked His people's road,
And brings them to His own abode.
THE Tempter to my soul hath said,
“ There is no help in God for thee.”
LORD, lift Thou up Thy servant's head,
My glory, shield, and solace be.
Thus to the LORD I raised my cry:
He heard me from His holy hill;
At His command the waves rolled by;
He beckoned, and the winds were still.
I laid me down and slept;-I woke;
Thou, LORD! my spirit didst sustain;
Bright from the east the morning brokc,
Thy comforts rose on me again.
I will not fear, though arméd throngs
Compass my steps in all their wrath;
Salvation to the LORD belongs;
His presence guards His people's path.
O LORD our King, how excellent
Thy name on earth is known! Thy glory in the firmament,
How wonderfully shown!
Yet are the humble dear to Thee;
Thy praises are confessed
By infants lisping on the knee,
And sucklings at the breast.
When I behold the heavens on high,
The work of Thy right hand,
The moon and stars amid the sky,
Thy lights in every land;
LORD, what is man, that Thou shouldst deign
On him to set Thy love,
Give him on earth awhile to reign,
Then fill a throne above?
O LORD, how excellent Thy name !
How manifold Thy ways !
Let time Thy saving truth proclaim,
Eternity, Thy praise.
God is my strong salvation,
What foe have I to fear? In darkness and temptation,
My light, my help is near. Though hosts encamp around me,
Firm to the fight I stand : What terror can confound me,
With God at my right hand ? Place on the LORD reliance ;
My soul, with courage wait; His truth be thine affiance,
When faint and desolate. His might thy heart shall strengthen,
His love thy joy increase ; Mercy thy days shall lengthen;
The LORD will give thee peace.
JUDGE me, LORD, in righteousness,
Plead for me in my distress :
Good and merciful Thou art ;
Bind this bleeding, broken heart;
Cast me not despairing hence,
Be Thy love my confidence.
Send Thy light and truth to guide
Me, too prone to turn aside,
On Thy holy hill to rest,
In Thy tabernacle blest;
There, to God, my chiefest joy,
Praise shall all my powers employ.
Why, my soul, art thou dismayed?
Why of earth or hell afraid ?
Trust in God;-disdain to yield,
While o'er thee He casts His shield,
And His countenance divine
Sheds the light of heaven on thine.