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691 wherefore comfort one another.

Thess. 4, 1

When God recals His own; [flow And bids them leave a world of woe

For an immortal crown? 2 Is not e'en death a gain to those

Whose life to God was given ? Gladly to earth their eyes they close,

To open them in heaven. 3 Their toils are past, their work is done;

And they are fully blest: [won, They've fought the fight, the victory

And entered into rest. 4 The flock must feel the shepherd's loss,

And miss his tender care; But they who bear with joy the cross,

The crown shall soonest wear. 5 And is not He who called them home,

Still to His church most nigh; To bid yet other labourers come,

And all her need supply?
6 Then let our sorrows cease to flow,

God has recalled His own;
But let our hearts, in every woe,

Still say, “Thy will be done!"

S.M. 692 They were not suffered to continue

by reason of death.-Heb. 7, 23. 1

, , Soul of the just, set free! Blest be thy memory, and blest

Thy bright example be.
2 Faith, perseverance, zeal,

Language of light and power,
Love, prompt to act and quick to feel,

Marked thee till life's last hour. 8 Now, toil and conflict o'er,

Go, take with saints thy place:
Bút go as each has gone before,

A sinner saved by grace.

1 Saviour! into Thy hands

Our pastor we resign,
And now we wait Thy own commands,

We were not his, but Thine. 5 Thou art Thy church's Head;

And when the members die,
Thou raisest others in their stead;

To Thee we lift our eye;-
6 On Thee our hopes depend,

We gather round our Rock ;
Send whom Thou wilt, but condescend

Thyself to feed Thy flock.

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S.M. 693 Well done, good and faithful ser

vant.-Matt, 25, 23.
VERVANT of God, well done!

Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master's joy.
The voice at midnight came;
He started up to hear :
A mortal arrow pierced his frame;

He fell, but felt no fear.
2 At midnight came the cry,

To meet thy God prepare!" He woke,-and caught his Captain's eye Then, strong in faith and prayer,

His spirit with a bound
Left its encumbering clay:
His tent at sunrise on the ground,

A darkened ruin lay.
3 The pains of death are past;

Labour and sorrow cease;
And life's long warfare closed at last,

His soul is found in peace.
Soldier of Christ, well done!

Praise be thy new employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Saviour's joy.




C.M. 694 Baptized in the name of the Lord.

-Acts 10. 48.j 1 HW great, how solemn, is the work

Which we !
Now for a holy, solemn frame,

O God, to Thee we pray.
2 Lord, may we feel as once we felt,

When, pained and grieved at heart,
Thy kind, forgiving, melting look

Relieved our keenest smart. 3 Let graces then in exercise


exercised again;
And, nurtured by celestial power,

In exercise remain.
4 Awake, our fear, our love, our hope,

Waké, fortitude and joy;
Vain world begone! let things above

Our happy thoughts employ. 5 Whilst Thee, our Saviour, and our God

To all around we own;
Drive each rebellious rival lust,

Each traitor, from Thy throne.
6 Instruct our minds, our wills subdue,

To heaven our spirits raise;
That hence our lives, our all, may be
Devoted to Thy praise.

C.M. 695 Baptized into his death.– Rom.

6, 3. 1 1 Α.

MIGHTY mystery we set forth,

A wondrous sign and seal;
Lord, give our hearts to know its worth,

And all its truth to feel.
2 Death to the world, we thus avow,

Death to each sinful lust;
The risen Life is our Life now,

The risen Christ, our trust.

3 Baptized into the Father's name,

We're children of our God; Baptized into the Son, we claim

The ransom of His blood.
4 Baptized into the Holy Ghost,

In this accepted hour,
Give us to own the Pentecost,
And the descending Power!

C.M. 696 Thy vows are upon me,0 God.-Ps.

56, 12. 1 WE

TE gave ourselves to Thee, O Lord,

Content to be despised ;
When we, obedient to Thy word,

Believed and were baptized.
2 Then we avowed that we would die

Unto the world and sin;
And live for immortality,

And be for ever Thine.
3 Oh! never may our sonls forget

Those solemn, joyful days,
Which live in grateful memory yet,

And prompt our hearts to praise. 4 Let not those holy joys be lost,

Let not our love expire;
Baptize us in the Holy Ghost,

Baptize in sacred fire! 5 And these who own their Lord to-day,

O keep them true and pure;
May they Thy glorious grace display,
And to the end endure.

of our . 68, 19.
1 CHO can forbear to sing,
When Zion's high celestial King

His saving power displays? 2 When sinners at His feet,

By meroy conquered, fall;
When grace, and truth and justice meet.

And peace unites them all.
3 When heaven's opening gates

Invite the pilgrims' feet;

697 Blessed be the Lord, even the God


And Jesus, at their entrance, waits

To place them on His seat. 4 Who can forbear to praise

Our high celestial King, When sovereign, rich, redeeming grace, Invites our tongues to sing !

C.M. 698 when they heard it, they giorified

God 1 THERE'S joy in heaven, and joy on

When . (earth, To see desponding souls rejoice,

And haughty sinners mourn. 2 Come, saints, and hear what God has

done, Is a reviving sound; O may it oft refresh our souls,

And spread the globe around. 3 Often, O Sovereign Lord, renew

The wonders of this day,
That Jesus here may see His seed,

And Satan lose his prey. 4 Great God! this work is all Thy own;

Thine be the praises too:
Let every heart and every tongue
Give Thee the glory due.

7.6. 699 Buried with Him in baptism.-Col. ? A ,

Thine open grave, we stand, With hearts all full of gladness,

To keep Thy blest command: So Thee in faith we follow,

And trace Thy path of love, Through the strange solemn waters,

Up to Thy throne above. 2 Lord Jesus! we remember

The coldness of Thy tombThe silence and the darkness

The corpse within the gloom: After Thy cross and passion,

The deep sleep came at last; O'er the Eternal radiance

The mortal shadow passed.

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