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If thou wouldst reap in love,

First sow in holy fear :
So life a winter's morn may prove

To a bright endless year.

87 Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his [78.

people from their sins.—Matt. i. 21.
1 CONQUERING kings their titles take

From the foes they captive make:
Jesus, by a nobler deed,

From the thousands he hath freed.
2 Yes : none other name is given

Unto mortals under heaven,
Which can make the dead arise

And exalt them to the skies.
3 That which Christ so hardly wrought,

That which he so dearly bought,
That salvation, brethren, say,
Shall we madly cast away?

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4 Rather gladly for that name

Bear the cross, endure the shame;
Joyfully for him to die

Is not death but victory.
5 Jesu, who dost condescend

To be call’d the sinner's Friend,
Hear us, as to thee we pray,
Glorying in thy name to-day.

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My times are in thy hand.-Ps. xxxi. 15.
1 My times are in thy hand,

My God, I wish them there;
My life, my friends, my soul I leave

Entirely to thy care.
2 My times are in thy band,

Whatever they may be,
Pleasing or painful, dark or bright,

As best may seem to thee.

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3 My times are in thy hand,

Why should I doubt or fear?
A Father's hand will never cause

His child a needless tear.
4 My times are in thy hand,

Jesus the crucified;
The hand my cruel sins had pierced

Is now my guard and guide.
5 My times are in thy hand;

I'll always trust in thee,
And after death at thy right hand

I shall for ever be.

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89 Then shall the Lord be my God. -Gen. xxviii. 21. [C.M. 1 O GOD of Bethel, by whose hand

Thy people still are fed ;
Who through this weary pilgrimage

Hast all our fathers led :
2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present

Before thy throne of grace:
God of our fathers, be the God

Of their succeeding race.
3 Through each perplexing path of life

Our wandering footsteps guide;
Give us each day our daily bread,

And raiment fit provide.
4 O spread thy covering wings around,

Till all our wanderings cease,
And at our Father's loved abode

Our souls arrive in peace.
5 Such blessings from thy gracious hand

Our humble prayers implore;
And thou shalt be our chosen God,

And portion evermore.o

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Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy [C.M.

power.-Ps. cx. 3.
1 Now, gracious Lord, thine arm reveal,

And make thy glory known;
Now let us all thy presence feel,

And soften hearts of stone.
2 Help us to venture near thy throne,

And plead a Saviour's name;
For all that we can call our own

Is vanity and shame.
3 From all the guilt of former sin

May mercy set us free;
And let the year, we now begin,

Begin and end with thee.
4 Send down thy Spirit from above,

That saints may love thee more;
And sinners now may learn to love,

Who never loved before.
5 And when before thee we appear

In our eternal home,
May growing numbers worship here,

And praise thee in our room.

The Epiphang.

" THE GENTILES SHALL COME TO THY LIGHT, AND

KINGS TO THE BRIGHTNESS OF THY RISING.'

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The star which they saw in the east went before [C.M.

them.-Matt. ii. 9.
1 0 Thou who by a star didst guide

The wise men on their way,
Until it came and stood beside

The place where Jesus lay;

2 Although by stars thou dost not lead

Thy servants now below,
Thy Holy Spirit, when they need,

Will show them how to go.
3 As yet we know thee but in part;

But still we trust thy word,
That blessèd are the pure in heart,

For they shall see the Lord.
4 O Saviour, give us then thy grace

To make us pure in heart,
That we may see thee face to face

Hereafter as thou art.

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We have seen his star in the east.- Matt. ii. 2.

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1 Sons of men, behold from far,

Hail the long-expected star;
Jacob's star that gilds the night,

Guides bewilder'd nature right.
2 Mild it shines on all beneath,

Piercing through the shades of death ;
Scattering error's wide-spread night,

Kindling darkness into light.
3 Nations all, remote and near,
Haste to see your

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appear :
Haste, for him your hearts prepare,

Meet him manifested there.
4 There behold the day-spring rise,

Pouring light upon your eyes :
See it chase the shades away,

Shining to the perfect day.
5 Sing, ye morning stars, again,

God descends on earth to reign,
Deigns for man his life to employ ;
Shout, ye sons of God, for joy.

93 I am the bright and morning star.-Rev. xxii. 16. [Six 78.

1 As with gladness men of old

Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hail'd its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious Lord, may we

Evermore be led to thee.
2 As with joyful steps they sped

To that lowly manger-bed,
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet

Ever seek the mercy-seat.
3 As they offer'd gifts most rare

At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin's alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.
4 Holy Jesu, every day

Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransom'd souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,

Where no clouds thy glory hide.
5 In the heavenly country bright

Need they no created light;
Thou its light, its joy, its crown,
Thou its sun which goes not down;
There for ever may we sing
Hallelujahs to our King."

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94 Until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in [P.M.

your hearts.--2 Pet. i. 19. 1 BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid : Star of the east, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

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