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AMONGST His twelve Apostles

Christ spake the words of life,
And shewed a realm of beauty

Beyond a world of strife:
Upon the mount of Tabor

The promise was made good,
When, baring all the Godhead,

In light itself He stood.

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In days of old on Sinai

The Lord of Sabaoth came
In majesty of terror,

In thunder-cloud and flame :
On Tabor, with the glory

Of sunniest light for vest,
The excellence of beauty

In Jesus was express’d.

3 O holy wondrous vision !

But what, when this life past,
The beauty of Mount Tabor

Shall end in heaven at last ?
But what, when all the glory

Of uncreated Light
Shall be the promised guerdon
Of them that win the fight ?

St. Cosmas. 7. M. Neale. (tr.)

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O LORD, upon Thy heritage,

Send down a gracious rain ;
And if it faint, with dews refresh

The thirsty land again.

2 There dwells Thy chosen flock, for whom

Thou hast prepared a place,
Which for the poor Thou didst provide

Of Thine especial grace.

3 God gave the word, His voice was heard

By nations far abroad;
For mighty were the men that preached

The gospel of our God.

4 Kings heard and quaked, then rose the Church

Fresh from her martyrs' fires ;
Her nursing mothers queens became,

And kings her nursing sires.

5 Therefore, ye islands of the sea !

Give thanks with one accord ;
And thou, in all thy temple gates,

O Israel ! praise the Lord !

6 Praise to the Father, to the Son,

And Holy Ghost on high ;
As was of old, is now, shall be,

Through all eternity. Amen.

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Psalm LXXXVII.
i GLORIOUS things of thee are spoken,

Zion, city of our God;
He whose word cannot be broken,

Formed thee for His own abode :
On the Rock of Ages founded,

What can shake thy sure repose ?
With salvation's walls surrounded,

Thou may'st smile at all thy foes.

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See the streams of living waters,

Springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters,

And all fear of want remove:
Who can faint, while such a river

Ever flows their thirst tassuage?
Grace, which like the Lord the giver,

Never fails from age to age.

3 Saviour, if in Zion's city

Thou record my worthless name,
Let the world deride or pity,

I will glory in the shame :
Fading is the sinner's pleasure,

All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joy and lasting treasure,
None but Zion's children know.

7. Newton, *

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Psalm LXXII.
JESUS shall reign where'er the sun
Does his successive journeys run ;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

2 For Him shall endless prayer be made,

And princes throng to crown His Head ;
His Name, like sweet perfume, shall rise
With every morning sacrifice ;

3 People and realms of every tongue

Dwell on His love with sweetest song,
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His Name.

4 Blessings abound where'er He reigns;

The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

5 Where He displays His healing power,

Death and the curse are known no more ;
In Him the tribes of Adam boast
More blessings than their father lost.

6 Let every creature rise, and bring

Peculiar honours to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the long Amen! Amen.

1. Watts.

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FATHER of mercies, in Thy Word

What endless glory shines !
For ever be Thy name adored

For these celestial lines :

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Here the Redeemer's welcome voice

Spreads heavenly peace around,
And life and everlasting joys

Attend the blissful sound.

3 O may the heavenly pages be

My ever dear delight,
And still new beauties may we see,

And still increasing light.

4. Divine Instructor, glorious Lord,

Be Thou for ever near;
Teach us to love Thy sacred Word,
And find the Saviour there. Amen.

A. Steele.

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GOD, in the gospel of his Son,
Makes His eternal counsels known;
Here love in all its glory shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.

2 The prisoner here may break his chains;

The weary rest from all his pains;
The captive feel his bondage cease ;
The mourner find the way of peace.

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