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4 But oh, when that last conflict's o'er,
And I am chained to flesh no more,
To join the music of the skies! 5 Soon shall I learn the exalted strains
Which echo o'er the heavenly plains;
The glowing seraphs round Thy throne. 6 The cheerful tribute will I give,
Long as a deathless soul can live;
573 Our citizenship is in heaven.— Phil.
1 AVIOUR! we seek Thy high abode, Along a strange and dangerous road,
And through enchanted ground. 2 But we will tread the desert through,
With eager, hopeful feet;
The terrors that we neet.
Around the forest roar;
And they can hurt no more. 4 Storm, mist, and darkness dwell below,
And long and frequent night,
To everlasting light.
But we march upward still; And cheer our path with heavenly lays,
Up to the heavenly hill. 6 And often, to our faith's clear sight,
The glorious city nears! And then, indeed, our hopes are bright,
And we forget our fears. 7 See the kind angels at the gates,
Smile forth their greetings fair; And Jesus our Forerunner waits To give us entrance there.
8 So, faith and patience, still hold on!
Trust in the Master's love; Trials and toils will soon be gone,
And home be reached above.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE:
C.M. 574 There remaizeth therefore a rest
to people of God.--4 1L
ORD, I believe a rest remains,
To all Thy people known,
And Thou art loved alone:
Is fixed on things above;
Cast out by perfect love.
Believe, and enter in : Now, Saviour, now the power bestow,
And let me cease from sin. 4 Remove this hardness from my heart,
This unbelief remove:
575 The Sun of” righteousness.—Mak 10
From the shining seats of day!
Warm our hearts, and cheer our eyes.
Upwards to our native sky.
4 Give O give us wings to rise
light.-Col 1,, 12.
His heart revives, if'cross the plains He sees his home, though distant still. 2 While he surveys the much-loved spot, He slights the space that lies between: His past fatigues are now forgot,
Because his journey's end is seen. 3 Thus, when the Christian pilgrim views
By faith his mansion in the skies,
And wings his speed to reach the prize. 4 The thought of home his spirit cheers ;
No more he grieves for troubles past:
So he may safe arrive at last.
With Jesus, in the realms of day;
And He will wipe my tears away. 6 Jesus, on Thee our hope depends,
To lead us on to Thine abode;
577 Seek those things which are above. HE
2. 1 EAVENWARD doth our journey
Yonder is our native land. 2 Heavenward stretch, my soul, thy
There is nought in earthly things
Up to Him, its source, aspires.
When I hear Him in His word,
Be my watchword on the earth;
578 Now is our salvation nearer than
, 1 WAKE, ye saints, and raise your
[eyes, Awake, and praise the sovereign love
That shows salvation nigh. 2 On all the wings of time it flies,
Each moment brings it near; Then welcome each declining day,
And each revolving year.
Nor many mornings rise,
To our admiring eyes.
Ye mortal powers, decay
Ye bring eternal day.
579 He hath prepared for them a city.
That girds our dull horizon round,
And glory ever dwells.
2 For thee the early patriarch sighed,
And hailed the blest abode;
The city of his God. 8 Oft by Siloa's sacred stream, In heavenly trance and raptured dream,
To faithful Israel shown; Triumphant over all her foes, The true celestial Salein rose,
Jehovah's promised throne. 4 We, too, O Lord, would seek that land Follow the tribes that crowd its strand,
From every peril saved; And march, as when in olden time. Were marshalled all Thy host sublime,
And high Thy banner waved. 580
HEN musing sorrow mourns the
past, And weeps o'er present pain, How sweet to think of peace at last,
And feel that death is gain! 2 Tis not that murmuring thoughts arise,
And dread a Father's will;
And would not suffer still.
The pangs of struggling sin; [heals, And sees, though far, the hand that
And ends the strife within. 4 It is, that hope with ardour glows,
To see Him face to face, Whose dying love no language knows
Sufficient art to trace.
The path to realms of light:
And lose herself in sight.
From earth-born woe and care: And soar above, to perfect
day, My Saviour's bliss to share.