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366 The angel of the Lord said, Go, speak all the [P.M.

words of this life.-Acts v. 20. 1 HARK, hark, my soul! Angelic songs are swelling

O’er earth's green fields and ocean's wave

beat shore: How sweet the truth those blessèd strains are

telling Of that new life when sin shall be no more. Angels of Jesus, angels of light,

Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night. 2 Onward we go, for still we hear them singing,

Come, weary souls, for Jesus bids you come: And through the dark, its echoes

sweetly ringing, The music of the Gospel leads us home.

Angels of Jesus, &c. 3 Far, far away, like bells at evening pealing,

The voice of Jesus sounds o'er land and sea; And laden souls, by thousands meekly stealing, Kind Shepherd, turn their weary steps to thee.

Angels of Jesus, &c. 4 Rest comes at length; though life be long and

dreary, The day must dawn, and darksome night be

past; Faith's journey ends in welcome to the weary, And heaven, the heart's true home, will come at last.

Angels of Jesus, &c. 5 Angels, sing on, your faithful watches keeping,

Sing us sweet fragments of the songs above; Till morning's joy shall end the night of weeping, And life's long shadows break in cloudless

love. Angels of Jesus, angels of light, Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night.

367 Behold the angels of God ascending and [D.C.M.

descending.-Gen. xxviii. 12.
1 It came upon the midnight clear,

That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth

To touch their harps of gold :
Peace on the earth, good will to men

From heaven's all gracious King:
The world in solemn stillness lay

To hear the angels sing.

2 Still through the cloven skies they come

With peaceful wings unfurl'd;
And still their heavenly music floats

O’er all the weary world :
Above its sad and lowly plains

They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds

The blessèd angels sing.
3 O ye, beneath life's crushing load

Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way

With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours

Come swiftly on the wing:
O rest beside the weary road,

And hear the angels sing.
4 For lo, the days are hastening on,

By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years

Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own

The Prince of Peace their King,
And the whole world send back the song

Which now the angels sing."

ALL SAINTS' DAY. 368 We must through much tribulation enter into [P.M.

the kingdom of God.-Acts xiv. 22.
1 HEAD of the church triumphant,

We joyfully adore thee;
Till thou appear, thy members here

Shall sing like those in glory:
We lift our hearts and voices,

With bless’d anticipation,
And cry aloud, and give to God

The praise of our salvation.
2 While in affliction's furnace,

And passing through the fire,
Thy love we praise in grateful lays,

Which ever brings us nigher:
We clap our hands, exulting

In thine almighty favour:
The love divine, that made us thine,

Shall keep us thine for ever.
3 Thou dost conduct thy people

Through torrents of temptation.
Nor will we fear, while thou art near,

The fire of tribulation;
The world, with sin and Satan,

In vain our march opposes,
By thee we shall break through them all,

And sing the song of Moses.
4 By faith we see the glory

To which thou shalt restore us,
The world despise, for that high prize
Which thou hast set before us :
And, if thou count us worthy,

We each, with dying Stephen,
Shall see thee stand at God's right hand,

To call us up to heaven.

369 The whole family in heaven and earth. [C.M.

Eph. iii. 15.
1 Come, let us join our friends above

Who have obtain’d the prize,
And on the eagle wings of love

To joys celestial rise.
2 Let all the saints terrestrial sing

With those to glory gone;
For all the servants of our King,

In earth and heaven, are one. 3 One family, we dwell in him,

One church, above, beneath ;
Though now divided by the stream,

The narrow stream of death. 4 One army of the living God,

To his command we bow;
Part of his host have cross'd the flood,

And part are crossing now.
5 Our spirits too shall quickly join,

Like theirs with glory crown'd;
And shout to see our Captain's sign,

To hear his trumpet sound.
6 O that we now might grasp our guide ;

O that the word were given !
Come, Lord of hosts, the waves divide,

And land us all in heaven..

370 Lo, a great multitude, which no man could [D. 8s. 7s.

number, stood before the throne.

Rev. vii. 9. 1 HARK the sound of holy voices, chanting at the

crystal sea, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah! Lord, to

thee; Multitudes, which none can number, like the

stars in glory stand Clothed in white apparel, holding palms of

victory in their hand.

2 Patriarch, and holy prophet, who prepared the

way of Christ, King, apostle, saint, confessor, martyr, and

evangelist, Saintly maiden, godly matron, widows who

have watch'd to prayer, Join'd in holy concert, singing to the Lord of

all, are there. 3 They have come from tribulation, and have

wash'd their robes in blood, Wash'd them in the blood of Jesus ; tried they

were, and firm they stood; Mock'd, afflicted, scourged, imprison'd, stoned,

tormented, slain with sword, They have conquer'd death and Satan by the

might of Christ the Lord. 4 Marching with thy cross their banner, they

have triumph'd, following Thee, the Captain of Salvation, thee, their

Saviour and their King; Gladly, Lord, with thee they suffer'd; gladly,

Lord, with thee they died; And by death to life immortal they were born

and glorified. 5 Now they reign in heavenly glory, now they

walk in golden light; Now they drink, as from a river, holy bliss and

infinite; Love and peace they taste for ever, and all

truth and knowledge see In the beatific vision of the Blessed Trinity. 6 God of God, the One-begotten, Light of Light,

Emmanuel, In whose body join'd together all the saints for

ever dwell, Pour upon us of thy fulness, that we may for

evermore

God the Father, God the Son, and God the

Holy Ghost adore. Amen.

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