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9 When wilt thou come unto me?-Ps. ci. 2. [L.M. 1 Come to me, Lord, when first I wake,

As the faint lights of morning break;
Bid purest thoughts within me rise,

Like crystal dew-drops to the skies. 2 Come to me in the sultry noon,

Or earth's low communings will soon
Of thy dear face eclipse the light,

And change my fairest day to night. 3 Come to me in the evening shade,

And, if my heart from thee hath stray'd,
Oh, bring it back, and from afar

Smile on me like thine evening star. 4 Come to me in the midnight hour,

When sleep withholds its balmy power;
Let my lone spirit find her rest,

Like John, upon my Saviour's breast. 5 Come to me through life's varied way,

And when its pulses cease to play,
Then, Saviour, bid me come to thee,
That where thou art, thy child may be."

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Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray. [S.M.

Ps. ly. 17.
1 COME to the morning prayer,

Come let us kneel and pray;
Prayer is the Christian pilgrim's staff,

To walk with God all day.
2 At noon beneath the Rock
Of
ages rest and

pray ;
Sweet is the shadow from the heat,

When the sun smites by day.
3 At eve shut to the door,

Round the home-altar pray,
And finding there the house of God,

At heaven's gate close the day

[8s. 4.

4 When midnight seals our eyes,

Let each in spirit say,
I sleep, but my heart waketh, Lord,

With thee to watch and pray. 11

The hour of prayer.--Acts iii. 1. 1 My God, is any hour so sweet,

From blush of morn to evening star,
As that which calls me to thy feet,-

The hour of prayer ?
2 Blest be that tranquil hour of morn,

And blest that hour of solemn eve,
When, on the wings of prayer upborne,

The world I leave.
3 For then a day-spring shines on me,

Brighter than morn's ethereal glow;
And richer dews descend from theo

Than earth can know.
4 Then is my strength by thee renew'd;

Then are my sins by thee forgiven;
Then dost thou cheer my

solitude
With hopes of heaven.
5 No words can tell what blest relief,

There for my every want I find;
What strength for warfare, balm for grief;

What peace of mind.
6 Hush'd is each doubt; gone every fear;

My spirit seems in heaven to stay;
And even the penitential tear

Is wiped away.
7 Lord, till I reach yon blissful shore,

No privilege so dear shall be,
As thus my inmost soul to pour

In prayer to thee. 12 Walk before me, and be thou perfect.--Gen. xvii. 1. [L.M. 1 Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go

My daily labour to pursue;
Thee, only thee, resolved to know,

In all I think, or speak, or do.

2 The task thy wisdom hath assign’d

O let me cheerfully fulfil ;
In all my works thy presence find,

And prove thy good and perfect will. 3 Thee may I set at my right hand,

Whose eyes my inmost substance see;
And labour on at thy command,

And offer all my works to thee.
4 Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
And
every

moment watch and pray; And still to things eternal look,

And hasten to thy glorious day. 5 For thee delightfully employ

Whate’er thy bounteous grace hath given; And run my course with even joy,

And closely walk with thee to heaven.

Evening Prayer.
" LIGHTEN OUR DARKNESS, WE BESEECH THEE,

O LORD.13 Abide with us; for the day is far spent. [10s.

Luke xxiv. 29. 1 ABIDE with me : fast falls the eventide ;

The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide: When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me. 2 Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;

Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see;

O thou, who changest not, abide with me. 3 Come not in terrors, as the King of kings;

But kind and good, with healing in thy wings; Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea ;

Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me. 4 I need thy presence every passing hour:

What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power? Who like thyself my guide and stay can be ?

Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me. 5 I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless :

Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness : Where is death's sting? where, grave, thy

victory? I triumph still, if thou abide with me. 6 Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the

skies; Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain

shadows flee; In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.P

14 I will arise and go to my Father.—Luke xv. 18. [103. 1 FATHER, again in Jesus' name we meet,

And bow in penitence beneath thy feet;
Again to thee our feeble voices raise,

To sue for mercy, and to sing thy praise. 2 O we would bless thee for thy ceaseless care,

And all thy work from day to day declare:
Is not our life with hourly mercies crown'd ?

Does not thine arm encircle us around ? 3 Alas! unworthy of thy boundless love,

Too oft with careless feet from thee we rove;
But now, encouraged by thy voice, we come,

Returning sinners to a Tather's home.
4 O by that name in whom all fulness dwells,

O by that love which every love excels,
O by that blood so freely shed for sin,
Open blest mercy's gate, and take us in.”

[L.M.

15 Under his wings shalt thou trust.-Ps. xci. 4.
1 All praise to thee, my God, this night,

For all the blessings of the light;
Keep me, I keep me, King of kings,
Beneath thine own almighty wings.

2 Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,

The ill that I this day have done :
That with the world, myself, and thee,

I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
3 Teach me to live, that I may dread

The grave as little as my bed;
To die, that this vile body may

Rise glorious at the awful day. 4 O may my soul on thee repose,

And may sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
Sleep that shall me more vigorous make,

To serve my God when I awake. 5 When in the night I sleepless lie,

My soul with heavenly thoughts supply:
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,

No powers of darkness me molest.
6 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

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I will lary me down in peace.-Ps. iv. 8. 1 Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear,

It is not night if thou be near;
Oh may no earthborn cloud arise,

To hide thee from thy servant's eyes. 2 When the soft dews of kindly sleep

My wearied eyelids gently steep,
Be

my last thought, how sweet to rest
For ever on my Saviour's breast.
3 Abide with me from morn till eve,

For without thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without thee I dare not die.

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