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3 We mourn not that prophetic skill

Is found on earth no more :
Enough for us to trace thy will

In Scripture's sacred lore.
4 We neither have nor seek the power

Ill demons to control;
But thou in dark temptation's hour

Shalt chase them from the soul.
5 No heavenly harpings soothe our ear.

No mystic dreams we share;
Yet hope to feel thy comfort near,

And bless thee in our prayer. 6 When tongues shall cease, and power decay,

And knowledge empty prove,
Do thou thy trembling servants stay

With faith, with hope, with love.

243 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven [C.M,

as of a rushing mighty wind.-Acts ii. 2. 1 WHEN God of old came down from heaven,

In
power

and wrath he came;
Before his feet the clouds were riven,

Half darkness and half flame : 2 But when he came the second time, He came in

power

and love; Softer than gale at morning prime

Hover'd his holy Dove.
3 The fires that rush'd on Sinai down

In sudden torrents dread,
Now gently light, a glorious crown
On
every

sainted head.
4 And as on Isra el's awe-struck ear

The voice exceeding loud,
The trump, that angels quake to hear,

Thrill'd from the deep dark cloud;

5 So, when the Spirit of our God

Came down his flock to find,
A voice from heaven was heard abroad,

A rushing mighty wind.
6 It fills the Church of God: it fills

The sinful world around;
Only in stubborn hearts and wills

No place for it is found.
7 Come, Lord, come, Wisdom, Love, and

Power,
Open our ears to hear;
Let us not miss the accepted hour;

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Save, Lord, by love or fear.

244 It is expedient for you that I go away: for if [TEN 8s.

I go not away, the Comforter will not come
unto you : but if I depart, I will send him.

unto you.—John xyi. 7.
1 My Saviour, can it ever be

That I should gain by losing thee?
The watchful mother tarries nigh,
Though sleep have closed her infant's eye;
For should he wake and find her gone,
She knows she could not bear his moan.
But I am weaker than a child,

And thou art more than mother dear;
Without thee heaven were but wild :

How shall I live without thee here?

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2 Swiftly and straight each tongue of flame

Through cloud and breeze unwavering came,
And darted to its place of rest
On some meek brow of Jesus bless'd.
Nor fades it yet, that living gleam,
And still those lambent lightnings stream ;

Where'er the Lord is, there are they ;

In every heart that gives them room
They light his altar every day,

Zeal to inflame and vice consume. 3 Soft as the plumes of Jesus' Dove

They nurse the soul to heavenly love;
The struggling spark of good within,
Just smother'd in the strife of sin,
They quicken to a timely glow,
The pure flame spreading high and low.
Say not that prayer and hope are o'er :

Nay, blessed Spirit! but by thee
The church's

prayer

finds wings to soar,
The church's hope finds eyes to see.
4 Then, fainting soul, arise and sing,

Mount, but be sober on the wing;
Mount up, for heaven is won by prayer,
Be sober, for thou art not there.
Till death the weary spirit free,
Thy God has said, 'Tis good for thee
To walk by faith and not by sight:

Take it on trust a little while;
Soon shalt thou read the mystery right

In the full sunshine of his smile.

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245 As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they [L.M.

are the sons of God. Rom. viii. 14.
1 Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove,

With light and comfort from above :
Be thou our Guardian, thou our Guide;

O’er every thought and step preside.
2 The light of truth to us display,

And make us know and love thy way;
Plant holy fear in every heart,
That we from God may ne'er repart.

3 Lead us to holiness, the road

Which we must take to dwell with God :
Lead us to Christ, the living way:

Nor let us from his pastures stray.
4 Lead us to God, our final rest,

To be with him for ever bless'd:
Lead us to heaven, its bliss to share
Fulness of joy for ever there."

246

The glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

2 Chron. v. 14.

[C.M.

1 SPIRIT Divine, attend our prayers,

And make this house thy home;
Descend with all thy gracious powers,

O come, Great Spirit, come.
2 Come as the light; to us reveal

Our emptiness and woe:
And lead us in those paths of life,

Where all the righteous go.
3 Come as the fire, and purge our hearts

Like sacrificial flame;
Let our whole soul an offering be

To our Redeemer's name.
4 Come as the dew, and sweetly bless

This consecrated hour;
May barrerness rejoice to own

Thy fertilizing power.
5 Come as the dove, and spread thy wings,

The wings of peaceful love ;
And let thy church on earth become

Bless'd as the church above.
6 Spirit Divine, attend our prayers;

Make a lost world thy home ;
Descend with all thy gracious powers,

O come, Great Spirit, come.

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247 My soul cleaveth to the dust : quicken thou me.

Ps. cxix. 25.

[C.M.

1 COME, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,

With all thy quickening powers :
Kindle a flame of sacred love

In these cold hearts of ours.
2 See how we grovel here below,

Fond of these earthly toys;
Our souls—how heavily they go

To reach eternal joys!
3 In vain we tune our formal songs;

In vain we strive to rise;
Hosannas languish on our tongues,

And our devotion dies.
4 Dear Lord, and shall we ever be

In this poor dying state;
Our love so faint, so cold to thee,

And thine to us so great ?
5 Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly. Dove,

With all thy quickening powers;
Come, shed abroad a Saviour's love,

And that shall kindle ours.

248 The Spirit of God moved on the face of the [Six 89.

waters.-Gen. i. 2.
1 CREATOR Spirit, by whose aid

The world's foundations first were laid,
Come, visit every humble mind;
Come, pour thy joys on human kind;
From sin and sorrow set us free,

And make thy temples worthy thee.
2 O source of uncreated light,

The Father's promised Paraclete,
Thrice holy fount, thrice holy fire,
Our hearts with heavenly love inspire ;
Come, and thy sacred unction bring
To sanctify us while we sing.

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