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Shine on us now, to heal and bless With brighter beams than e'er before. 2 Shine on Thy work of grace within, On each celestial blossom there; Destroy each bitter root of sin, And make Thy garden fresh and fair. 3 Shine on Thy pure eternal word, Its mysteries to our souls reveal; And whether read, remembered, heard, O let it quicken, strengthen, heal. 4 Shine on the temples of Thy grace, In holy robes Thy priests be clad; Unveil the brightness of Thy face, And make Thy chosen people glad. 5 Shine, till Thy glorious beams shall chase The brooding cloud from every eye! Till every earthly dwelling-place Shall hail the Day-spring from on high. 6 Shine on, shine on, Eternal Sun! Pour richer floods of life and light, Till that bright Sabbath be begun, That glorious day which knows no night.
8320 come, let us worship and bow
down.-Ps. 95, 6.
COME sound His praise abroad,
And hymns of glory sing;
Jehovah is the sovereign God,
He formed the deeps unknown;
The watery worlds are all His own,
3 Come, worship at His throne;
We are His works, and not our own,
To-day attend His voice,
Come, like the people of His choice,
833 When Jesus was risen early the
first day of the week.-Mark 16, 9. WAKE, ye saints, awake,
1A and hall this sacred day;
In loftiest songs of praise
Come bless the day that God hath blest The type of heaven's eternal rest. 2 On this auspicious morn
The Lord of life arose,
And burst the bars of death,
All hail, triumphant Lord!
This day let sinners own Thy sway,
The Sabbath a delight.-Isa. 58, 13.
HOW welcome to the saints, when
With six days' noise, and care, ond toil Is the returning day of rest, [awhile Which hides them from the world 2 Now, from the throng withdrawn away, They seem to breathe a different air; Composed and softened by the day, All things another aspect wear. 3 With joy they hasten to the place Where they the Saviour oft have met; And, while they feast upon His grace, Their burdens and their griefs forget. 4 This highly favoured lot is oursMay we the privilege improve;
And find these consecrated hours Sweet earnests of the joys above. 5 We thank Thee for Thy day, O Lord: Here we Thy promised presence seek; Open Thy hand with blessings stored, And give us manna for the week.
835 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's
day. Rev 1, 10.
FATHER! though the anxious fear
Nor fear nor doubt shall enter here;
2 We will not bring divided hearts
3 Sleep, sleep to-day, tormenting cares, Of earth and folly born;
Ye shall not dim the light that streams
4 At least until to-morrow wait;
5 Sleep, sleep for ever, guilty thoughts; Let restless passions die:
And, cleansed from sin, may we behold The God of purity!
836 There remaineth therefore a rest to
the people of God.-Heb. 4, 9.
1 ORD of the Sabbath, hear our vows
And own, as grateful sacrifice,
The songs which from the desert rise. 2 Thine earthly sabbaths, Lord, we love, But there's a nobler rest above; To that our labouring souls aspire With ardent pangs of strong desire. 3 No more fatigue, no more distress, Nor sin, nor hell. shall reach the place; No groans, to mingle with the songs Which warble from immortal tongues.
4 No rude alarms of raging foes,
Dawn on these realms of woe and sin;
Thou shalt rest.-Dan. 12, 13.
FREQUENT the day of God returns
To shed its quickening beams.
2 Accept our faint attempts to love,
We would be like Thy saints above,
Increase, O Lord, our faith and hope,
Where the assembly ne'er breaks up,
4 Where we shall breathe in heavenly air,
5 Where we, in high seraphic strains,
Then face to face.-1 Cor. 13, 12.
WHEN, O dear Jesus, when shall I
Behold Thee all serene;
Blest in perpetual Sabbath-day,
2 Assist me, while I wander here,
Incline my heart to pray with love,
3 Release my soul from every chain-
4 Spare me, my God, O spare the soul
5 Thy Spirit, O my Father, give,
839 Receive not the grace of God in
vain.-2 Cor. 6, 3.
1 THE light of Sabbath eve
2 Is it a Sabbath spent,
Fruitless, and vain, and void,
Or have these precious moments lent
How dreadful and how drear,
In yon dark world of pain,
Will Sabbath seasons lost appear,
That cannot come again!
God of these blissful hours,
O may we never dare
To waste, in worldly thoughts of ours, These sacred days of prayer!
840 Thy word have I hid in mine heart.
-Ps. 119, 11.
1 THIS sacred day, great God, we close With gratitude and love,
And bless Thee for the joyful news,
2 May we retain the glorious truths
And, with obedient lives, adorn
3 Ere long we hope to meet and join