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2 “ Come unto me, dear children,
And I will give you light.”
Which comes to cheer the night!
And we had lost our way,
And songs the break of day.
And I will give you life.”
Which comes to end our strife!
The fight is fierce and long;
And stronger than the strong.
I will not cast him out.”
Which drives away our doubt!
Unworthy though we be
To come, dear Lord, to thee.
346 The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. [S.M.
Rev. xxii. 17. 1 The Spirit in our hearts
Is whispering, Sinner, come:
To all her children, Come. 2 Let him that heareth say
To all about him, Come:
To Christ, the fountain, come.
3 Yea, whosoever will,
O let him freely come,
'Tis Jesus bids him come.
Declares, I quickly come.
O blest Redeemer, come.
zaints' Days: The Church Triumphant. « MAKE THEM TO BE NUMBERED WITH THY SAINTI
IN GLORY EVERLASTING."
THE INNOCENTS' DAY.
347 There is hope in thine end, that thy children [S.M.
shał come again.-Jer. xxxi. 17. 1 GLORY to thee, O Lord,
Who from this world of sin,
Those precious ones didst win. 2 Glory to thee, O Lord;
For now, all grief unknown,
the martyr's heavenly crown. 3 Baptized in their own blood,
Earth's untried perils o'er,
And safely gain’d the shore. 4 Glory to thee, for all
The ransom'd infant band,
And reach'd the quiet land. 5 O that our hearts within,
Like theirs, were pure and bright;
O that, as free from wilful sin,
We shrank not from thy sight!
Thy cleansing grace to claim;
In death to praise thy name.'
THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE.
348 They brought him to Jerusalem, to present him [8s. 78.
to the Lord.—Luke ii. 22.
See the long-expected Lord :
God hath now fulfill'd his word.
Shall break forth with one accord.
Virgin pure, behold him lie;
Ere in perfect faith they die.
Lo, the incarnate God Most High.
Thou who didst for us endure,
Seal us with thy promise sure;
To thy Father, cleansed and pure.
Be thy boundless love our theme:
By the world thou didst redeem,
Lord of majesty supreme. Amen.
349 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see [S.M.
God.-Matt. v. 8.
For they shall see our God:
Their soul is Christ's abode.
Our life and peace to bring,
Their pattern and their king:
Doth still himself impart,
Chooseth the pure in heart.
May ours this blessing be;
A temple meet for thee.
THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
350 A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shull[Sıx 8s.
call his name Emmanuel.-Isa. vii. 14.
A human body, for our sake;
Thou didst this day thyself begin.
Helpless, upon thy mother's breast;
Up from the cradle to the grave.
From heaven to be the sinner's friend,
So high our nature lift with thine,
God's image to the soul restore.
Forgetful of our heavenly birth.
« WITH ALL THE COMPANY OF HEAVEN WE LAUD AND
MAGNIFY THY GLORIOUS NAME."
351 Be ye followers of them who through faith and [S.M.
patience inherit the promises.---Heb. vi. 12.
Who strove in thee to live,
Our grateful hymn receive.
Accept our thankful cry;
And strove in thee to die.
With thee their Lord in view,
To suffer and to do.
And humbly pray that we
And live and die in thee.
352 The armies in heaven followed hinz. [D.C.M.
Rev. xix. 14.
A kingly crown to gain;
Who follows in his train ?