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4 Vouchsafe us, Lord, we pray Thee now,

To us it may be given,
Like them to live and die in Thee,

And with Thee rise to heaven.

5 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

The God whom we adore,
Be glory as it was, is now,

And shall be evermore. Amen.

St. Barnabas' Day.


235. BRIGHTLY did the light divine From his words and actions shine, Whom the Twelve, with love unblamed, “ Son of Consolation" named.


Full of peace and lively joy,
Sped he on his high employ :
By his mild exhorting word,
Adding many to the Lord.

3 Blessèd Spirit, Who didst call

Barnabas and holy Paul,
And didst them with gifts endue,
Mighty words and wisdom true;

4 Grant us, Lord of Life, to be,

By their pattern, full of Thee;
That beside them we may stand
In that day, on Thy right hand.

5* Glory be to God above,

Fountain of eternal love;
To the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, Three in One. Amen.

H. Alford.

St. John the Baptist's Day.


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Christ the Lord would come on earth
His messenger before Him went,
The greatest born of mortal birth,

And charged with words of deep intent.
The least of all that here attend

Hath honour greater far than he;
He was the Bridegroom's joyful friend,

His Body and his Spouse are we. 3 A higher race, the sons of light,

Of water and the Spirit born ;
He the last star of parting night,

And we the children of the morn. + And, as he boldly spake Thy word,

And joyed to hear the Bridegroom's voice,
Thus may Thy pastors teach, O Lord !

And thus Thy hearing Church rejoice. 5* To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

The God whom heaven and earth adore,
Be glory from the angel host
And all mankind for evermore. Amen.

H. Alford.


Nunc suis tandem novus e latebris.
LO! from the desert homes

Where he hath hid so long,
The new Elias comes,
In sternest wisdom strong ;
The voice that cries

Of Christ from high,

And judgment nigh

From opening skies.
2 Your God e'en now doth stand

Within heaven's opening door,
His fan is in His hand,
And He will purge His floor;
The wheat He claims,

And with Him stows;

The chaff He throws

To quenchless flames.
3 Ye haughty mountains, bow

Your sky-aspiring heads;
Ye valleys, bowing low,
Lift up your gentle meads ;
Make His way plain

Your King before,

For evermore

He comes to reign.
4 Let Thy dread voice around,

Thou harbinger of Light,
On our dull ears still sound

Lest here we sleep in night,

Till Judgment come,

And on our path

Shall burst the wrath,
And deathless doom.

5 O God, with love's sweet might,

Do Thou anoint and arm
Christ's soldier for the fight
With spells that shield from harm.
Thrice blessed Three,

Heaven's endless days

Shall sing Thy praise
Eternally. Amen.

1. Williams. (tr.)

St. Peter's Day.


i CREATOR of the rolling flood !

On whom Thy people hope alone,
Who cam'st by Water and by Blood,

For man's offences to atone:


Who from the labours of the deep

Did'st set Thy servant Peter free,
To feed on earth Thy chosen sheep,

And build an endless Church for Thee ;

3 Grant us, devoid of worldly care,

And leaning on Thy bounteous hand,
To seek Thy help in humble prayer,

And on Thy sacred Rock to stand.

4. And when our live-long toil to crown,

Thy call shall set the spirit free,
To cast with joy our burden down,

And rise, O Lord, and follow Thee.

5* To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

The God whom heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore. Amen.

Bp. R. Heber.

St. James's Day.


Oh what, if we are Christ's,

Is earthly shame or loss ?
Bright shall the crown of glory be,

When we have borne the cross.


Keen was the trial once,

Bitter the cup of woe,
When martyred saints, baptized in blood,

Christ's sufferings shared below.


Bright is their glory now,

Boundless their joy above,
Where, on the bosom of their God,

They rest in perfect love.


Lord ! may that grace be ours,

Like them in faith to bear
All that of sorrow, grief, or pain,

May be our portion here.

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