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Christ spake the words of life,
Beyond a world of strife:
The promise was made good,
In light itself He stood.
In days of old on Sinai
The Lord of Sabaoth came
In thunder-cloud and flame :
Of sunniest light for vest,
In Jesus was express’d.
3 O holy wondrous vision !
But what, when this life past,
Shall end in heaven at last ?
Of uncreated Light
St. Cosmas. 7. M. Neale. (tr.)
Send down a gracious rain ;
The thirsty land again.
2 There dwells Thy chosen flock, for whom
Thou hast prepared a place,
Of Thine especial grace.
3 God gave the word, His voice was heard
By nations far abroad;
The gospel of our God.
4 Kings heard and quaked, then rose the Church
Fresh from her martyrs' fires ;
And kings her nursing sires.
5 Therefore, ye islands of the sea !
Give thanks with one accord ;
O Israel ! praise the Lord !
6 Praise to the Father, to the Son,
And Holy Ghost on high ;
Through all eternity. Amen.
Zion, city of our God;
Formed thee for His own abode :
What can shake thy sure repose ?
Thou may'st smile at all thy foes.
See the streams of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
And all fear of want remove:
Ever flows their thirst tassuage?
Never fails from age to age.
3 Saviour, if in Zion's city
Thou record my worthless name,
I will glory in the shame :
All his boasted pomp and show;
7. Newton, *
2 For Him shall endless prayer be made,
And princes throng to crown His Head ;
3 People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song,
4 Blessings abound where'er He reigns;
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;
5 Where He displays His healing power,
Death and the curse are known no more ;
6 Let every creature rise, and bring
Peculiar honours to our King;
What endless glory shines !
For these celestial lines :
Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around,
Attend the blissful sound.
3 O may the heavenly pages be
My ever dear delight,
And still increasing light.
4. Divine Instructor, glorious Lord,
Be Thou for ever near;
2 The prisoner here may break his chains;
The weary rest from all his pains;