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4 Blest be the Lord, Who comes to men

With messages of grace-
Who comes in God His Father's name,

To save our sinful race.

5 Hosanna in the highest strains

The Church on earth can raise !
The highest heavens, in which He reigns,
Shall give Him nobler praise. Amen.

1. Watts.



Psalm LXXXI.
SING to the Lord, our might,

With holy fervour sing;
Let hearts and instruments unite

To praise our heavenly King.


This is His holy house,

And this His festal day,
When He accepts the humblest vows

That we sincerely pay.


The Sabbath to our sires

In mercy first was given ;
The Church her Sabbaths still requires

To speed her on to heaven.


We still, like them of old,

Are in the wilderness;
And God is still as near His fold,

To pity and to bless.


5 Then let us open wide

Our hearts for Him to fill ;
And He, that Israel then supplied,
Will help His Israel still. Amen.

H. F. Lyte.
Ember Weeks.

(Advent. I O King of Salem, Prince of Peace,

Bid strife among Thy subjects cease!
One is our faith, and one our Lord ;
One body, Spirit, hope, reward :
One God and Father of us all,
On whom Thy Church and people call :
Oh! may we one communion be,

One with each other, one in Thee.
3 Bless all whose voice salvation brings,

Who minister in holy things ;
Our bishops, priests, and deacons bless :

Clothe them with zeal and righteousness. 4 Let many in the judgment day,

Turned from the error of their way,
Their hope, their joy, their crown appear ;
Save those who preach, and those who hear.


P. Doddridge. 282.

0 LORD, we come before Thee now

With earnest faith and prayer,
That in the world's great harvest Thou

Wouldst send more labourers there.


2 Endue the bishops of Thy flock

With wisdom and with grace
Against false doctrines like a rock

To set the heart and face.

3 To all Thy priests Thy truth reveal,

And make Thy precepts clear,
Make Thou Thy deacons full of zeal

And humble and sincere.

4. Give to their flocks a lowly mind

To hear and to obey :
That each and all may mercy find
At Thine appearing day. Amen.

7. M, Neale. *



THE Saviour, when to heaven He rose
In splendid triumph o'er His foes,
Scattered His gifts on men below;
And wide His royal bounties flow.


Hence sprang the Apostles' honoured name,
Sacred beyond heroic fame :
In lowlier forms, to bless our eyes,
Pastors from hence, and teachers rise.

3 From Christ their varied gifts derive,

And, fed by Christ, their graces live;
While, guarded by His potent hand,
'Midst all the rage of hell they stand.

4 So shall the bright succession run,

Through the last courses of the sun ;
While unborn Churches, by their care,
Shall rise and flourish, large and fair.

5* Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

P. Doddridge.



POUR out Thy Spirit from on high,
Lord, Thine ordained servants bless ;
Graces and gifts to each supply,
And clothe Thy priests with righteousness.


Within Thy temple when they stand,
To teach the truth as taught by Thee,
Saviour, like stars in Thy right hand,
Let all Thy Church's pastors be.

3 Wisdom, and zeal, and love impart,

Firmness with meekness from above,
To bear Thy people on their heart,
And love the souls whom Thou dost love :

4 To love, and pray, and never faint,

By day and night strict guard to keep,
To warn the sinner, cheer the saint,
Nourish Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.

5 Then, when their work is finished here,

May they in hope their charge resign ;
When the chief Shepherd shall appear,
O God, may they in glory shine. Amen.

7. Montgomery.*

Rogation Days.



LORD, in Thy Name Thy servants plead,

And Thou hast sworn to hear ;
Thine is the harvest, Thine the seed,

The spring and falling year.
Our hope, when autumn winds blew wild,

We trusted, Lord, with Thee :
And still, now Spring has on us smiled,

We wait on Thy decree.
3 The former and the latter rain,

The Summer sun and air,
The green ear, and the golden grain,

All Thine, are ours by prayer.
4 Thine too by right, and ours by grace,

The wondrous growth unseen,
The hopes that soothe, the fears that brace,

The love that shines serene.

5 Grant us Thy blessings so to use

Here in the world below,
That Thee in Thy new heaven and earth
We never may forego. Amen.

7. Keble.

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