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325 1 THOU, whose almighty word Chaos and darkness heard,

And took their flight;
Hear us, we humbly pray;
And, where the gospel's day
Sheds not its glorious ray,

Let there be light !

2 Thou, Who didst come to bring On Thy redeeming wing

Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
Oh, now to all mankind,

Let there be light !

3 Spirit of truth and love,
Life-giving, holy Dove,

Speed forth Thy flight!
Move on the water's face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth's darkest place

Let there be light !

4. Holy and blessed Three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might!

Boundless as ocean's tide
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the earth, far and wide,
Let there be light! Amen.

7. Marriott

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O SPIRIT of the living God !

In all Thy plenitude of grace,
Where'er the foot of man hath trod,

Descend on our apostate race.


Give tongues of fire and hearts of love

To preach the reconciling word;
Give power and unction from above,

Whene'er the joyful sound is heard.

3 Be darkness, at Thy coming, light;

Confusion, order in Thy path;
Souls without strength inspire with might ;

Bid mercy triumph over wrath.

4. O Spirit of the Lord ! prepare

All the round earth her God to meet ;
Breathe Thou abroad like morning air,

Till hearts of stone begin to beat.

5 Baptize the nations far and nigh;

The triumphs of Thy Cross record; The name of Jesus glorify, 'Till every kindred call Him Lord. Amen.

7. Montgomery.


FATHER of mercies! send Thy grace

All-powerful from above;
To form in our obedient souls

The image of Thy love.

2 Oh, may our sympathizing breast

That generous pleasure know,
Freely to share in others' joy,

And weep for others' woe.

3 Whene'er the helpless sons of grief

In low distress are laid,
Soft be our hearts their pains to feel,

And swift our hands to aid.

4 So Jesus looked on dying men,

Enthroned above the skies ;
And, when He saw their lost estate,

Felt His compassion rise.
5 Since Christ, to save our guilty souls,

On wings of mercy flew,
We, whom the Saviour thus hath loved,
Should love each other too.

P. Doddridge.



FOUNTAIN of good! to own Thy love

Our thankful hearts incline;
What can we render, Lord, to Thee,

When all the worlds are Thine?


But Thou hast needy brethren here,

Partakers of Thy grace,
Whose humble names Thou wilt confess

Before Thy Father's face.

3 In their sad accents of distress

Thy pleading voice is heard,
In them Thou mayst be clothed and fed,

And visited and cheered.

4 Thy face, with reverence and with love,

We in Thy poor would see,
For while we minister to them,

We do it, Lord, to Thee.

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O HOLY Lord, content to live

In a poor home, a lowly child,
And in subjection meek to give

Obedience to Thy mother mild !


Lead every child that bears Thy Name

To walk in Thy pure upright way,
To dread the touch of sin and shame,

And humbly, like Thyself, obey.

3 O let not this world's scorching glow

Thy Spirit's quickening dew efface,
Nor blast of sin too rudely blow,

And quench the trembling flame of grace. 4 Gather Thy lambs within Thine arm,

And gently in Thy bosom bear;
Keep them, O Lord, from hurt and harm,

And bid them rest for ever there !

5 So shall they, waiting here below,

Like Thee, their Lord, a little span,
In wisdom and in stature grow,
And favour both with God and man.

W. W. How.

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SHEPHERD of Israel, from above

Thy feeble flock behold;
And let us never lose Thy love,

Nor wander from Thy fold.


Thou wilt not cast Thy lambs away ;

Thy hand is ever near,
To guide them lest they go astray,

And keep them safe from fear.

3 Thy tender care supports the weak,

And will not let them fall;
Then teach us, Lord, Thy praise to speak,

And on Thy Name to call.

4 We want Thy help, for we are frail ;

Thy light, for we are blind;
Let grace o'er all our doubts prevail,

To prove that Thou art kind.

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