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841 Mine house shall be called an house

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of prayer for all people.-Isa. 56,7. ILLIONS within Thy courts have met, Millions this day before Thee bowed; Their faces Zion-ward were set, [vowed: Vows with their lips to Thee they 2 People of many a tribe and tongue, Men of strange colours, climates, lands, Have heard Thy truth, Thy glory sung, And offered prayer with holy hands. 3 Soon as the light of morning broke O'er island, continent, or deep, Thy far-spread family awoke,

Sabbath all round the world to keep. 4 From east to west, the sun surveyed, From north to south, adoring throngs; And still, where evening stretched her shade,

The stars came out to hear their songs. 5 And not a prayer, a tear, a sigh,

Hath failed this day some suit to gain; To those in trouble Thou wert nigh; Not one hath sought Thy face in vain. 6 Thy poor have all been freely fed, Thy chastened sons have kissed the rod, Thy mourners have been comforted, The pure in heart have seen their God. 7 Yet one prayer more-and be it one, In which both heaven and earth accord; Fulfil Thy promise to Thy Son, Let all that breathe call Jesus, Lord.


842 Abide with us, for it is toward

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evening.-Luke 24, 29.

TOLY Father! whom we praise
With imperfect accents here;

Ancient of eternal days!

Lord of heaven and earth and air;
Stooping from amid the blaze
Of the flaming seraphim;

Hear and help us while we raise,
This our Sabbath evening hymn.

2 We have trod Thy temple, Lord;
We have joined the public praise;
We have heard Thy holy word;
We have sought Thy heavenly grace;
All Thy goodness we record,
All our powers to Thee we bring;
Let Thy faithfulness afford,
Now the shadow of Thy wing.
3 We have seen Thy dying love,
Jesus! once for sinners slain;
We would follow Thee above;
We like Thee would rise and reign.
Let revolving Sabbaths prove
Seasons of delight in Thee;
Let Thy presence, Holy Dove,
Fit us for eternity.


843 The end of the Sabbath.-Matt.


28, 1.

1 RE another Sabbath close,
Ere again we seek repose,
Lord, our song ascends to Thee,
At Thy feet we bow the knee.
2 For the mercies of the day,
For this rest upon our way,
Thanks to Thee alone be given,
Lord of earth, and King of heaven.
3 Cold our services have been,
Mingled every prayer with sin;
But Thou canst and wilt forgive:
By Thy grace alone we live.

4 Whilst this thorny path we tread,
May Thy love our footsteps lead;
When our journey here is past,
May we rest with Thee at last.
5 Let these earthly Sabbaths prove
Foretastes of our joys above;

While their steps Thy children bend
To the rest which knows no end.



844 We are His people, and the sheep of

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His pasture.-Ps. 100, 3.

E nations round the earth, rejoice Before the Lord, your sovereign King; [voice, Serve Him with cheerful heart and With all your tongues His glory sing. 2 The Lord is God: tis He alone

Doth life, and breath, and being give; We are His work and not our own, The sheep that on His pastures live. 3 Enter His gates with songs of joy, With praises to His courts repair; And make it your divine employ To pay your thanks and honours there, 4 The Lord is good, the Lord is kind; Great is His grace, His mercy sure; And the whole race of man shall find His truth from age to age endure.


845 Neither in this mountain, nor yet

at Jerusalem.-John 4, 21.

1THOU to whom in ancient time Thelyre of Hebrew bards was strung; Whom kings adored in songs sublime, And prophets praised with glowing tongue :

2 Not now on Zion's height alone,
The favoured worshipper may dwell;
Nor where at sultry noon Thy Son
Sat weary by the patriarch's well:
3 From every place below the skies,
The grateful song, the fervent prayer,
The incense of the heart, may rise
To heaven, and find acceptance there.
4 To Thee shall age with snowy hair,
And strength, and beauty, bend the

And childhood lisp, with reverent air,
Its praises and its prayers to Thee.

5 O Thou, to whom in ancient time, The lyre of prophet bards was strung; To Thee at last in every clime,

Shall temples rise, and praise be sung.

846 Behold I lay in Zion a chief corner

stone.-1 Pet. 2, 6.

1 THOU who hast in Zion laid




The true Foundation-stone,

And with those a covenant made
Who build on that alone:
Hear us, Architect divine!

Great Builder of Thy church below
Now upon Thy servants shine,

Who seek Thy praise to show.
Earth is Thine; her thousand hills
Thy mighty hand sustains;
Heaven, Thine awful presence fills;
O'er all, Thy glory reigns.
Yet the place of old prepared
By royal David's favoured son,
Thy peculiar blessing shared,
And stood Thy chosen throne.

We, like Jesse's son, would raise
A temple to the Lord;

Sound throughout its courts His
His saving name record;
Dedicate a house to Him,

Who, once in mortal weakness shrined,
Sorrowed, suffered, to redeem;—
The Saviour of mankind!

4 Father, Son, and Spirit! send
The consecrating flame;
Now in majesty descend;

Inscribe the living Name;
That great Name by which we live,
Now write on this accepted stone;
Us into Thy hands receive;

Our temple make Thy throne!


847 Will God in very deed dwell with



men on the earth.-2 Chron. 6, 18.

HIS stone to Thee in faith we lay;
We build the temple, Lord. to Thee:

Thine eye be open night and day,

Here to protect Thy sanctuary.

2 Here, when Thy people seek Thy face, And dying sinners pray to live; place, Hear Thou, in heaven, Thy dwellingAnd, when Thou hearest, O forgive! 3 Here, when Thy messengers proclaim The blessed Gospel of Thy Son,

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Still, by the power of His great name,
Be mighty signs and wonders done.
4 Hosanna! to their Heavenly King,-
When children's voices raise that song.
Hosanna! let their angels sing, [long.
And heaven with earth the strain pro-
5 But will, indeed, Jehovah deign
Here to abide no transient guest?
Here will the world's Redeemer reign,
And here the Holy Spirit rest?

6 O may Thy glory ne'er depart!
Yet choose not, Lord! this house alone;
Thy kingdom come to every heart,
In every bosom fix Thy throne.


848 Neither on this mountain, nor pet


in Jerusalem.-John 4, 21.

No hears and answers prayer;

OT in Jerusalem alone,

Nor, on Samaria's mountain known,
Dispenses blessings there.

2 True worshippers may now draw nigh,
Sinners may seek His face;
Assured to meet His ear and eye,
All times in every place.

3 Hence in the secrecy of thought,
Our silent souls may pray;

Or round the household altar brought, Begin and close the day.

4 Yet meet it is, and right, and good
Where He records His name,

To mingle with the multitude,
And His high praise proclaim.

5 There while the Lord their God they
And He shines forth on them, [bless,
His church appears in holiness,
Their new Jérusalem,

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