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4 Blest be the Lord, Who comes to men
With messages of grace-
To save our sinful race.
5 Hosanna in the highest strains
The Church on earth can raise !
With holy fervour sing;
To praise our heavenly King.
This is His holy house,
And this His festal day,
That we sincerely pay.
The Sabbath to our sires
In mercy first was given ;
To speed her on to heaven.
We still, like them of old,
Are in the wilderness;
To pity and to bless.
5 Then let us open wide
Our hearts for Him to fill ;
H. F. Lyte.
(Advent. I O King of Salem, Prince of Peace,
Bid strife among Thy subjects cease!
One with each other, one in Thee.
Who minister in holy things ;
Clothe them with zeal and righteousness. 4 Let many in the judgment day,
Turned from the error of their way,
P. Doddridge. 282.
With earnest faith and prayer,
Wouldst send more labourers there.
2 Endue the bishops of Thy flock
With wisdom and with grace
To set the heart and face.
3 To all Thy priests Thy truth reveal,
And make Thy precepts clear,
And humble and sincere.
4. Give to their flocks a lowly mind
To hear and to obey :
7. M, Neale. *
Hence sprang the Apostles' honoured name,
3 From Christ their varied gifts derive,
And, fed by Christ, their graces live;
4 So shall the bright succession run,
Through the last courses of the sun ;
5* Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Within Thy temple when they stand,
3 Wisdom, and zeal, and love impart,
Firmness with meekness from above,
4 To love, and pray, and never faint,
By day and night strict guard to keep,
5 Then, when their work is finished here,
May they in hope their charge resign ;
And Thou hast sworn to hear ;
The spring and falling year.
We trusted, Lord, with Thee :
We wait on Thy decree.
The Summer sun and air,
All Thine, are ours by prayer.
The wondrous growth unseen,
The love that shines serene.
5 Grant us Thy blessings so to use
Here in the world below,