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3 Endue the creatures with Thy grace,

That shall adorn Thy dwelling-place ;
The beauty of the oak and pine,
The gold and silver, make them Thine.

4 To Thee they all pertain ; to Thee

The treasures of the earth and sea;
And when we bring them to Thy throne,
We but present Thee with Thine own.

5 The heads that guide endue with skill :

The hands that work preserve from ill;
That we who these foundations lay
May raise the top-stone in its day.

6 Both now and ever, Lord, protect

The temple of Thine own elect;
Be Thou in them, and they in Thee,
O ever-blessèd Trinity! Amen.

.' 7. M. Neale.

Consecration of a Church.

321.

Angulare Fundamentum. i CHRIST is made the sure Foundation

And the precious Corner-stone ;
Who, the twofold walls surmounting,

Binds them closely into one ;
Holy Sion's help for ever,

And her confidence alone.

2 All that dedicated City

Dearly loved by God on high,
In exultant jubilation

Pours perpetual melody:
God the One, and God the Trinal

Singing everlastingly.

3 To this Temple, where we call Thee,

Come, O Lord of Hosts, to-day !
With Thy wonted loving-kindness

Hear Thy servants as they pray:
And Thy fullest benediction

Shed within these walls for aye.

4 Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants,

What they supplicate, to gain :
Here to have and hold for ever

Those good things their prayers obtain ;
And hereafter, in Thy glory,

With Thy blessèd ones to reign.

5 Laud and honour to the Father,

Laud and honour to the Son,
Laud and honour to the Spirit,

Ever Three and ever One:
Consubstantial, co-eternal,
While unending ages run.

Amen.
7. M. Neale. (tr.)
322.
LORD of Hosts! to Thee we raise
Here a house of prayer and praise :
Thou Thy people's heart prepare,

Here to meet for praise and prayer ! 2 Let the living here be fed

With Thy Word, the heavenly bread;
Here, in hope of glory blest,

May the dead be laid to rest ! 3 Here to Thee a temple stand

While the sea shall gird the land !
Here reveal Thy mercy sure,

While the sun and moon endure ! 4 Hallelujah! earth and sky

To the joyful sound reply !
Hallelujah ! hence ascend
Prayer and praise till time shall end! Amen

7. Montgomery.

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Gird you

Missions.

[Home. 323. SOLDIERS of the Cross, arise,

with your armour bright;
Mighty are your enemies,

Hard the battle ye must fight.
O’er a faithless fallen world

Raise your banner in the sky;
Let it float there wide unfurled ;

Bear it onward, lift it high.

2

3 'Mid the homes of want and woe,

Strangers to the living Word,
Let the Saviour's herald go,

Let the voice of hope be heard.

4 Where the shadows deepest lie,

Carry truth's unsullied ray ;
Where are crimes of blackest dye,

There the saving sign display.

5 To the weary and the worn

Tell of realms where sorrows cease ;
To the outcast and forlorn

Speak of mercy and of peace.

6 Guard the helpless, seek the strayed,

Comfort trouble, banish grief;
With the Spirit's sword arrayed,

Scatter sin and unbelief.

7 Be the banner still unfurled,

Bear it bravely still abroad,
Till the kingdoms of the world
Are the kingdoms of the Lord. Amen.

W. W. How.

324.

[Foreign. FROM Greenland's icy mountains,

From India's coral strand,
Where Afric's sunny fountains

Roll down their golden sand,

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From many an ancient river,

From many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver

Their land from error's chain.

2

What though the spicy breezes

Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle ;
Though every prospect pleases,

And only man is vile ?
In vain with lavish kindness

The gifts of God are strown;
The heathen in his blindness

Bows down to wood and stone.

3 Can we, whose souls are lighted

With wisdom from on high,
Can we to men benighted

The lamp of life deny ?
Salvation ! O salvation !

The joyful sound proclaim,
Till each remotest nation

Has learnt Messiah's Name.

4 Waft, waft, ye winds, His story,

And you, ye waters, roll,
Till like a sea of glory

It spreads from pole to pole ;
Till o'er our ransomed nature

The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,
In bliss returns to reign. Amen.

Bp. R. Heber.

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