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488 Let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord; [THREE 75.

and give not thine heritage to reproach.
-Joel ii. 17.
1 LORD, in this thy mercy's day,

Ere the time shall pass away,

On our knees we fall and pray. 2 Holy Jesu, grant us tears,

Fill us with heart-searching fears,

Ere the hour of doom appears. 3 Lord, on us thy Spirit pour,

Kneeling lowly at thy door,

Ere it close for evermore. 4 By thy night of agony,

By thy supplicating cry,

By thy willingness to die,
5 By thy tears of bitter woe,

For Jerusalem below,

Let us not thy love forego.
6 Judge and Saviour of our race,

When we see thee face to face,

Grant us 'neath thy wings a place.
7 On thy love we rest alone,

And that love will then be known
By the pardon'd round thy throne,


[78. 5.

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee,

O Lord.—Ps. cxxx. 1.
1 Thou who didst on Calvary bleed,

Thou who dost for sinners plead,
Help me in my time of need;

Jesu, hear my cry. .

2 In my darkness and my grief,

With my heart of unbelief,
I, who am of sinners chief,

Lift to thee mine eye.
3 Foes without and fears within,

With no plea thy grace to win,
But that thou canst save from sin,

To thy cross I fly.
4 Others, long in fetters bound,

There deliverance sought and found,
Heard the voice of mercy sound,

Surely so may I.
5 There on thee I cast my care,

There to thee I raise my prayer,
Jesu, save me from despair,

6 When the storms of trial lower,

When I feel temptation's power,
In the last and darkest hour,

Jesu, be thou nigh."

me, or I die.

Psalms and Hymns of Praise.

“VENITE, EXULTEMUS DOMINO.” 490 Serve the Lord with gladness.-Ps. c. 2. [L.M 1 All people that on earth do dwell,

Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice :
Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell,

Come ve before him and rejoice.
2 The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;

Without our aid he did us make :
We are his flock, he doth us feed;

And for his sheep he doth us take.

3 O enter then his gates with praise,

Approach with joy his courts unto :
Praise, laud, and bless his name always;

For it is seemly so to do.
4 For why? The Lord our God is good;

is for ever sure
His truth at all times firmly stood;
And shall from age to age endure."


491 Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our [L.M.

salvation, 8C.-Ps. xcv. 1-7.
1 O COME, loud anthems let us sing,

Loud thanks to our almighty King,
And high our grateful voices raise,

As our Salvation's rock we praise.
2 Into his presence let us haste

To thank him for his favours past;
To him address, in joyful songs,

The praise that to his name belongs.
3 For God the Lord, enthroned in state,

Is with unrivall’d glory great;
The depths of earth are in his hand,

Her secret wealth at his command.
4 O let us to his courts repair,

And bow with adoration there;
Low on our knees with reverence fall,
And on the Lord our Maker call.*

492 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting (L.M.

to everlasting.–Ps. cvi. 48.
1 O RENDER thanks to God above,

The fountain of eternal love,
Whose mercy firm through ages past

Has stood, and shall for ever last.
2 Who can his mighty deeds express,

Not only vast, but numberless ?

What mortal eloquence can raise

His tribute of immortal praise ?
3 Happy are they, and only they,

Who from his judgments fear to stray,
Who know and love his perfect will,

And all his righteous laws fulfil.
4 Extend to me that favour, Lord,

Thou to thy chosen dost afford;
When thou return'st to set them free,
Let thy salvation visit me.

493 0 praise ye the Lord, all ye nations.-Ps. cxvii. 1. (L.M. 1 From all that dwell below the skies,

Let the Creator's praise arise ;
Let the Redeemer's name be

sung Through every land, by every tongue. 2 Eternal are thy mercies, Lord,

Eternal truth attends thy word :
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.*

494 And again they said, Alleluia.- Rev. xix. 3. [P.M. 1 Sing Alleluia forth in duteous praise, O citizens of heaven : in sweet notes raise

An endless Alleluia ! 2 Ye next who stand before the eternal light, In hymning choirs re-echo to the height

An endless Alleluia ! 3 The holy city shall take up your strain, And with glad songs resounding wake again

An endless Alleluia ! 4. In blissful answering strains ye thus rejoice To render to the Lord with thankful voice

An endless Alleluia !

5 Ye who have gain’d at length your palms in

bliss, Victorious ones, your chants shall still be this

An endless Alleluia !. 6 There, in one grand acclaim for ever ring The strains which tell the honour of your King

An endless Alleluia ! 7 This is the rest for weary ones brought back : This is the food and drink which none shall lack :

An endless Alleluia ! 8 While thee, by whom all things were made, we

praise For ever, and tell out in sweetest lays

An endless Alleluia ! 9 Almighty Christ, to thee our voices sing Glory for evermore : to thee we bring

An endless Alleluia ! Amen.

495 While I live will I praise the Lord. [Six 8s.

Ps. cxlvi. 2.
1 I'LL praise my Maker with my breath,
And when my voice is lost in death,

Praise shall employ my nobler powers :
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
While life and thought and being last,

Or immortality endures.
2 Happy the man whose hopes rely
On Israel's God: he made the sky,

And earth, and seas, with all their train :
His truth for ever stands secure ;
He saves the oppress’d, he feeds the poor,

And none shall find his promise vain 3 The Lord gives eyesight to the blind ;

The Lord supports the sinking mind :

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