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Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
And our defence is sure.
3 Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
To endless years the same.
4 A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Before the rising sun.
5 The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
And lost in following years.
6 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away ;
Dies at the opening day.
7 O God, our help in ages past;
Our hope for years to come ;
- HYMNS FOR VARIOUS OCCASIONS:
General Occasions of Worship.
Low on our knees before Him bend ;
Here on His worship we attend.
ise into Thy resting-place,
Thou and Thine ark of strength, O Lord ! Shine through the veil, we seek Thy face ;
Speak, for we hearken to Thy word.
With righteousness Thy priests array ;
Joyful Thy chosen people be:
2 While Thy glorious praise is sung,
Touch our lips, unloose our tongue,
3 While the prayers of saints ascend,
God of love, to ours attend :
4 While Thy ministers proclaim
Peace and pardon in Thy Name,
5 From Thy house when we return,
May our hearts within us burn;
FORTH from the dark and stormy sky,
2 Long have we roamed in want and pain ;
Long have we sought Thy rest in vain ;
Bp. R. Heber.
O quam juvat fratres, Deus.
With all the force of fervent prayer. 3 O may we love the house of God, Of
peace and joy the blest abode ! O may no angry strife destroy
That sacred peace, that holy joy!
Will only cling more close to Thee,
More weaned from earth. more fixed on heaven. 5 Lord, shower upon us from above
The sacred gift of mutual love ;
7. Chandler. (tr.)
Lo! God is here ! let us adore,
And own how dreadful is this place ;
And silent bow before His face !
His grace who prove, Serve Him with awe, with reverence love.
Lo! God is here! Him day and night
Th’united quires of angels sing :
Heaven's hosts their noblest praises bring :
3 Gladly the toys of earth we leave,
Wealth, pleasure, fame, for Thee alone :
O take, O seal them for Thine own!
4 Being of beings, may our praise
Thy courts with grateful fragrance fill ;
Still hear and do Thy sovereign will:
G. Tersteegen. C. Wesley. (tr.)