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3 Never, from Thy pasture roving,

Let them be the lion's prey ;
Let Thy tenderness so loving

Keep them all life's dangerous way:

4 Then, within Thy fold eternal,

Let them find a resting-place,
Feed in pastures ever vernal,

Drink the rivers of Thy grace!

5* Glory give we, praise and blessing,

To the Father, and the Son,
And the Holy Ghost, confessing

One true God, the Three in One. Amen.

Confirmation.

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O GOD, in whose all-searching eye
Thy servants stand, to ratify
The Vow Baptismal by them made,
When first Thy hand was on them laid !
Bless them, O Holy Father, bless,
Who Thee with heart and voice confess ;
May they, acknowledged as Thine own,
Stand evermore before Thy Throne.

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O Christ, who didst at Pentecost
Send down from heaven the Holy Ghost !
Arm these thy youthful soldiers, Lord,
With shield of faith, and Spirit's sword;

Forth to the battle may they go,
And boldly fight against the foe,
And so at last receive from Thee
The palm and crown of victory.

3 Come, ever-blessed Spirit, come !

And make Thy servants' hearts Thy home;
Thus consecrated, Lord, to Thee
May each a living temple be:
Enrich that temple's holy shrine
With sevenfold gifts of grace divine ;
With wisdom, light, and knowledge, bless,
Strength, counsel, fear, and godliness.

4 O Trinity in Unity,

One only God, and Persons Three !
In whom, through whom, by whom we live,
To Thee we praise and glory give :
O grant us so to use Thy grace,
That we may see Thy glorious face,
And ever with the heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

C. Wordsworth.

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THINE for ever! God of love,
Hear us from Thy throne above;
Thine for ever may we be,
Here and in eternity.

2 Thine for ever! Lord of life,

Shield us through our earthly strife;
Thou, the Life, the Truth, the Way,
Guide us to the realms of day.

3 Thine for ever! O how blest

They who find in Thee their rest;
Saviour, Guardian, heavenly Friend,
O defend us to the end.

4 Thine for ever! Saviour, keep

These Thy frail and trembling sheep ;
Safe alone beneath Thy care

Let us all Thy goodness share.
5 Thine for ever! Thou our Guide,

All our wants by Thee supplied,
All our sins by Thee forgiven,
Lead us, Lord, from earth to heaven! Amen.

Holy Matrimony.

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THE voice that breathed o'er Eden,

That earliest wedding day,
The primal marriage blessing,

It hath not passed away.

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2 Still in the pure espousal

Of Christian man and maid,
The Holy Three are with us,

The three-fold grace is said :

3 For dower of blessèd children,

For love and faith's sweet sake,
For high mysterious union

Which nought on earth may break.

4 Be present, awful Father,

To give away this Bride,
As Eve Thou gav'st to Adam

Out of his own pierc'd side.

5 Be present, Son of Mary,

To join their loving hands,
As Thou didst bind two natures

In Thine eternal bands.

6 Be present, Holiest Spirit,

To bless them as they kneel;
As Thou, for Christ the Bridegroom,

The heavenly Spouse dost seal.

? O spread Thy pure wing o'er them !

Let no ill power find place,
When onward to Thine altar

The hallowed path they trace,

8 To cast their crowns before Thee

In perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness
With Christ's own Bride they rise. Amen.

7. Keble.

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LORD, who at Cana's wedding feast

Didst as a guest appear,
Thou dearer far than earthly guest,

Vouchsafe Thy presence here:
For holy Thou indeed dost prove

The marriage vow to be,
Proclaiming it a type of love

Between the Church and Thee. 3. On those who at Thy altar kneel,

O Lord, Thy blessing pour,
That each may wake the other's zeal

To love Thee more and more.
4 O give them here in peace to live,

In purity and love,
And, this world leaving, to receive

A crown of life above.
5* To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

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

now,
And shall be evermore. Amen.

Burial of the Dead.

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Now lay we calmly in the grave
This form, whereof no doubt we have
That it shall rise again that day,
In glorious triumph o'er decay.

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