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447 They desire a better country.--Heb. xi. 16. [P.M. 1 We speak of the realms of the blest,

Of that country so bright and so fair;
And oft are its glories confess'd;

But what must it be to be there ? 2 We speak of its pathways of gold,

Of its walls deck'd with jewels most rare, Its wonders and pleasures untold;

But what must it be to be there? 3 We speak of its freedom from sin,

From sorrow, temptation, and care,
From trials without and within ;

But what must it be to be there? 4 We speak of its anthems of praise,

With which we can never compare
The sweetest on earth we can raise;

But what must it be to be there? 5 We speak of its service of love,

of the robes which the glorified wear, The church of the First-born above ;

But what must it be to be there?
6 Do thou, Lord, midst pleasure or woe,

Still for heaven our spirits prepare;
And shortly we also shall know,

And feel what it is to be there.






448 Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be [Sıx 8s.

thy God.-Deut, xxvi. 17. 1 LORD, shall thy children come to thee?

A boon of Love divine we seek : Brought to thine arms in infancy,

Ere heart could feel, or tongue could speak, Thy children pray for grace, that they May come themselves to thee to-day.

2 Lord, shall we come? and come again,

Oft as we see yon table spread, And, tokens of thy dying pain,

The wine pour'd out, the broken bread ? Bless, bless, O Lord, thy children's prayer,

That they may come and find thee there. 3 Lord, shall we come ? not thus alone,

At holy time or solemn rite, But every hour till life be flown,

Through weal or woe, in gloom or light, Come to thy throne of grace, that we

In faith, hope, love, confirm’d may be. 4 Lord, shall we come ? come yet again?

Thy children ask one blessing more : To come, not now alone ;—but then

When life, and death, and time are o'er, Then, then to come, O Lord, and be Confirm'd in heaven, confirm’d by thee.s


449 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed.

[L.M. Ps. lvii. 7. 1 O HAPPY day that fix'd my choice

On thee, my Saviour and my God:
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,

And tell its raptures all abroad. 2 O happy bond, that seals my vows To him who merits all


love : Let cheerful anthems fill his house,

While to that sacred shrine I move.
3 Now rest, my long divided heart,

Fix'd on this blissful centre, rest:
O who with earth would grudge to part,

When call’d with angels to be bless'd ? 4 High heaven, that heard the solemn vow,

That vow renew'd shall daily hear;
Till in life's latest hour I bow,
And bless in death a bond so dear.b


450 I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have [L.M.

believed.-2 Tim. i. 12. 1 Jesus, and shall it ever be,

A mortal man ashamed of thee ?
Ashamed of thee, whom angels praise,

Whose glories shine through endless days ? 2 Ashamed of Jesus,of that Friend

On whom my hopes of heaven depend ?
No, when I blush, be this my shame,

That I no more revere his name.
3 Ashamed of Jesus ? Yes, I may

When I've no guilt to wash away,
No tear to wipe, no joy to crave,

No fears to quell, no soul to save.
4 Till then-nor is the boasting vain-

Till then I boast a Saviour slain;
And O may this my portion be,
That Saviour not ashamed of me.

451 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and [7s. 6s.

where I am, there shall also my serrant

be.- John xii. 26.
1 O Jesus, I have promised

To serve thee to the end ;
Be thou for ever near me,

My Master and my Friend ;
I shall not fear the battle

If thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway

If thou wilt be my Guide.
2 O let me feel thee near me :

The world is ever near ;
I see the sights that dazzle,

The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,

Around me and within ;
But, Jesus, draw thou nearer,

And shield my soul from sin.

3 O let me hear thee speaking

In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,

The murmurs of self-will;
O speak to re-assure me,

To hasten, or control;
O speak, and make me listen,

Thou Guardian of my soul.
4 O Jesus, thou hast promised

To all who follow thee,
That where thou art in glory

There shall thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised

To serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,

My Master and my Friend.
5 O let me see thy footmarks

And in them plant mine own:
My hope to follow duly

Is in thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me,

Uphold me to the end ;
And then in heaven receive me,

My Saviour and my Friend."

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452 I press toward the mark for the prize of the

high calling of God.-Phil. iii. 14.
1 AWAKE, my soul, stretch every nerve,

And press with vigour on:
A heavenly race demands thy zeal,

And an immortal crown.
2 A cloud of witnesses around

Hold thee in full survey :
Forget the steps already trod,

And onward urge thy way.


3 'Tis God's all-animating voice

That calls thee from on high ;
'Tis his own hand presents the prize

To thine aspiring eye.
4 Blest Saviour, introduced by thee,

Have I my race begun;
And crown'd with victory, at thy feet

I'll lay my honours down. [To be sung after the benedictory prayer, “ Defend, O Lord, this thy servant with thy heavenly grace, that he may contiuus thine for ever,” &c.] 453 I am thine : save me.-Ps. cxix. 94. [C.M. 1 « Tune-thine for ever "-blessed bond

That knits us, Lord, to thee:
May voice, and heart, and soul respond

Amen, so let it be.
2 When this world strikes its dulcet harp,

And earth our heaven appears,
Be “ Thine for ever," clear and sharp,

God's trumpet in our ears.
3 When sin in pleasure's soft disguise

Would work us deadliest harm,
May “ Thine for ever from the skies

Steal down, and break the charm.
4 When Satan flings his fiery darts

Against our weary shield,
May “ Thine for ever » in our hearts

forbid us faint or yield.
5 Thine all along the flowery spring,

Along the summer prime,
Till autumn fades in welcoming

The silver frost of time.
6 “ Thine, thine for ever,”—body, soul,

Henceforth devote to thee,
While everlasting ages roll:

Amen, so let it be.

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