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3 Until, released from carnal ties,

Our spirit upward springs,
And sees true peace above the skies,

True joy in heavenly things.
4 There, as we gaze, may we become

United, Lord, to thee;
And in a fairer happier home

Thy perfect beauty see.

308 My soul thirsteth for thee.-Ps. lxii. 1. [C.M. 1 The dove let loose in eastern skies,

Returning fondly home,
Ne'er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies

Where idler warblers roam :
2 But high she shoots through air and light

Above each low delay,
Where nothing earthly bounds her flight,

Nor shadow dims her way.
3 So grant me, God, from earthly care,

From pride and passion free,
Aloft through faith and love's pure air

To hold my course to thee.
4 No lure to tempt, no art to stay

My soul as home she springs;
Thy sunshine on her joyful way,

Thy freedom on her wings.

309 If any man will come after me, let him take up (L.M.

his cross daily, and follow me.—Luke ix. 23. 1 Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,

If thou wouldst my disciple be; Deny thyself, the world forsake,

And humbly follow after me. 2 Take up thy cross; let not its weight

Fill thy weak spirit with alarm : My strength shall bear thy spirit up,

And brace thine heart and nerve thine arm.

3 Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,

Nor let thy foolish pride rebel; Thy Lord for thee the cross endured,

To save thy soul from death and hell. 4. Take up thy cross then in his strength,

And calmly every danger brave; 'Twill guide thee to a better home,

And lead to victory o’er the grave. 5 Take up thy cross and follow him,

Nor think till death to lay it down; For only he who bears the cross

May hope to wear the glorious crown. 6 To Thee, O God, the One in Three,

All praise for evermore ascend; O grant us in our home to see

The heavenly life that knows no end."

310 Put on the whole armour of God.-Eph. vi. 11. [D.S.M. 1 JESU, my strength, my hope,

On thee I cast my care ;
With humble confidence look up,

And know thou hear'st my prayer.
Give me on thee to wait

Till I can all things do;
On thee, almighty to create,

Almighty to renew.
2 I want a sober mind,

A self-renouncing will,
That tramples down and casts behind

The baits of pleasing ill;
A soul inured to pain,

To hardship, grief, and loss,
Bold to take up, firm to maintain

The consecrated cross.
3 I want a godly fear,

A quick discerning eye,

That looks to thee when sin is near,

And sees the tempter fly;
A spirit still prepared,

And arm’d with jealous care,
For ever standing on its guard,

And watching unto prayer.
4 I rest upon thy word,

The promise is for me;
My succour and salvation, Lord,
Shall surely come from thee.
But let me still abide,

Nor from my hope remove,
Till thou my patient spirit guide

Into thy perfect love."

311 What things were gain to me, those I counted [D. 88. 78.

loss for Christ.-Phil. iii. 7. 1 JESUS, I my cross have taken,

All to leave and follow thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken,

Thou from hence my all shalt be:
Perish every fond ambition,

All I've sought, or hoped, or known;
Yet how rich is


condition ! God and heaven are still my own. 2 Man may trouble and distress me,

'Twill but drive me to thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me,

Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
O'tis not in grief to harm me,

While thy love is left to me;
O’twere not in joy to charm me,

Were that joy unmix'd with thee. 3 Take, iny soul, thy full salvation;

Rise o'er sin, and fear, and care;
Joy to find in

Something still to do or bear:


Think what Spirit dwells within thee;

What a Father's smile is thine;
What a Saviour died to win thee;

Child of heaven, shouldst thou repine ? 4 Haste then on from grace to glory,

Arm’d by faith, and wing'd by prayer; Heaven's eternal day's before thee,

God's own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,

Swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition,

Faith to sight, and prayer to praise."


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A people near unto him.-Ps. cxlviii. 14.
1 NEARER, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee;
Even though it be a cross

That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee.
2 Though like the wanderer,

The sun gone down,
Darkness be over me,

My rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I'd be
Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee.
3 There let the way appear

Steps unto heaven;
All that thou sendest me

In mercy given;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee.
4 Then with my waking thoughts,

Bright with thy praise,

Out of my stony griefs

Bethel I'll raise;
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee.
5 And when on joyful wing,

Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
Upward I fly;

Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee.

313 The things which are not seen are eternal. [D.C.Y.

2 Cor. iv. 18.
1 The roseate hues of early dawn,

The brightness of the day,
The crimson of the sunset sky,

How fast they fade away :
O for the pearly gates of heaven;

O for the golden floor;
O for the Sun of Righteousness,

That setteth never more!
2 The highest hopes we cherish here,

How fast they tire and faint;
How many a spot defiles the robe

That wraps an earthly saint:
O for a heart that never sins;

O for a soul wash'd white;
O for a voice to praise our King,

Nor weary day or night!
3 Here faith is ours, and heavenly hope,

And grace to lead us higher;
But there are perfectness and peace

Beyond our best desire.
O by thy love and anguish, Lord,

O by thy life laid down,
O that we fall not from thy grace,

Nor cast away our crown !!



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