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[Behold, at Thy commanding word,
Lord, we are few, but Thou art near ;
MATTHEW xviii. 20.
transition from the Eucharistic Hynins
worship by these well-known stanzas of Cowper. The special allusions in some of the verses are explained by the fact that the Hymn was composed for the opening of a room for prayer-meetings at Olney, in 1769. Here the poet in his happier days often led the devotions.
As a specimen of unwarrantable interpolations,
Besides other ineffective alterations, Mr. Keble rewrote the last verse thus :
"Come, with Thy mighty, rushing wind,
Upon the battle-field,
Before the fight begins,
We seek, O Lord, Thy sheltering shield,
To guard us from our sins.
Ere yet our vessel sails
On the lone mountain side,
Before the morning's light, The Man of Sorrows wept and cried,
And rose refreshed with might.
478.-Songs of Praise.
PSALM cxi. I.
75. 'ONGS of praise the angels sang,
Heaven with hallelujahs rang When Jehovah's work begun, When He spake and it was done.
Oh hear us, then, for we
Are very weak and frail ; We make the Saviour's name our plea,
And surely must prevail.
C. H. SPURGEON.
Songs of praise awoke the morn When the Prince of peace was born; Songs of praise arose when He Captive led captivity.
Heaven and earth must pass away, Songs of praise shall crown that day; God will make new heavens and earth, Songs of praise shall hail their birth.
477.—Rest and Worship.
REVELATION i. 10. HE only one of the author's many
Hymns that is likely to live, and that for its tender restful tone rather
than for any poetic excellence. These five verses are from a longer poem of fourteen. In many hymn-books a second verse is added by a different writer : "Come bless the Lord, whose love assigns
So sweet a rest to wearied minds;
And gives this day the food of seven." This inversion of the history of the manna is undoubtedly ingenious and interesting; but the addition as a whole scarcely improves the Hymn.
Another Sabbath is begun,
And shall man alone be dumb
Saints below with heart and voice Still in songs of praise rejoice, Learning here by faith and love Songs of praise to sing above.
Borne upon their latest breath
Oh that our thoughts and thanks may rise
This heavenly calm within the breast
479.-The Day of Rest.
MARK xvi. 2. WO verses this beautiful Hymn (2 and 6) are often omitted in the collections; and the words in verse 5
"At His dear altar" are changed to "In Thy pure presence," the Hymn having been originally “sacramental." But take "altar" in its widest, spiritual sense, and there seems no real reason for the change.
Breaks o'er the earth again,
After a night of pain :
In holy duties let the day,
DR. JOSEPH STEVVETT.