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AN INTROIT TO BE SUNG BETWEEN THE
LITANY AND COMMUNION SERVICE.
Oh most merciful !
BEFORE THE SACRAMENT.
BREAD of the world, in mercy broken!
Wine of the soul, in mercy shed !
And in whose death our sins are dead!
Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
Look on the tears by sinners shed, And be thy feast to us the token
That by thy grace our souls are fed !
AT A FUNERAL.
BENEATH our feet and o’er our head
Is equal warning given ; Beneath us lie the countless dead,
Above us is the heaven!
Their names are graven on the stone,
Their bones are in the clay ; And ere another day is done,
Ourselves may be as they.
Death rides on every passing breeze,
He lurks in every flower ; Each season has its own disease,
Its peril every hour :
have seen the rosy light Of youth's soft cheek decay, And Fate descend in sudden night
On manhood's middle day.
have seen the steps of age Halt feebly towards the tomb, And yet shall earth our hearts engage,
And dreams of days to come ?
Turn, mortal, turn ! thy danger know;
Where'er thy foot can tread
And warns thee of her dead !
Turn, Christian, turn ! thy soul apply
To truths divinely given ;
Shall live for hell or heaven !
ON THE DEATH OF A FRIEND.
Thou art gone to the grave ! but we will not de
plore thee, Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb: Thy Saviour has pass’d through its portal before
thee, And the lamp of his love is thy guide through
Thou art gone to the grave ! we no longer behold
thee, Nor tread the rough paths of the world by thy side; But the wide arms of Mercy are spread to enfold
thee, And sinners may die, for the SINLESS has died !