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We only wish to speak of Him

Who lived, and died, and reigns for us. i How sweet to leave the world awhile,

And seek the presence of our Lord : 5 We'll talk of all He did and said Dear Saviour, on Thy people smile, And suffered for us here below, According to Thy faithful word.

The path He marked for us to tread, 2 From busy scenes we now retreat

• And what He's doing for us now. That we may here converse with Thee ; | 6 Thus, as the moments pass away, O Lord, behold us at Thy feet;

We 'll love, and wonder, and adore ; Let this the gate of heavén be.

And hasten on the glorious day, 3 “Chief of ten thousand” now appear,

When we shall meet to part no more. That we by faith may view Thy face;

622 Oh speak, that we Thy voice may hear, And let Thy presence fill the place.

I COME, dearest Lord, descend and 62 1

dwell,

By faith and love, in every breast; 1 KINDRED in Christ, for His dear sake

Then shall we know, and taste, and feel A hearty welcome here receive;

The joys that cannot be expressed. May we together now partake The joys which only He can give.

2 Come, fill our hearts with inward

strength, 2 To you and us by grace is given Make our enlargéd souls possess, To know the Saviour's precious Name;

And learn the height, and breadth, And shortly we shall meet in heaven,

and length Our hope, our way, our end the same.

Of Thine unmeasurable grace. 3 May He by whose kind care we meet,

3 Now to the God whose power can do Send His good Spirit from above,

More than our thoughts and wishes Make our communications sweet,

know, And cause our hearts to burn with love.

Be everlasting honors done, 4 Forgotten be each earthly theme By all the church, through Christ the When Christians see each other thus;

Son.

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Remember now Thy gracious word,

Our hopes on Thee rely.
4 Draw forth the melting tear,

The penitential sigh;
Inspire their hearts with faith sincere,

And fix their hopes on high. 5 These children now are Thine,

We give them back to Thee;
Oh lead them by Thy grace divine,

Along the heavenly way.

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1 Our children Thou dost claim,

O Lord, our God, as Thine:
Ten thousand blessings to Thy name

For goodness so divine ! 2 Thee let the fathers own,

Thee let the sons adore,
Joined to the Lord in solemn vows

To be forgot no more.
3 How great Thy mercies, Lord !

How plenteous is Thy grace,
Which, in the promise of Thy love,

Includes our rising race.
4 Our offspring, still Thy care,

Shall own their fathers' God,
To latest times Thy blessings share,

And sound Thy praise abroad.
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1 O God of Abraham, hear

The parents' humble cry;
In covenant mercy now appear,

While in the dust we lie. 2 These children of our love,

In mercy Thou hast given,
That

hrough grace may faithful prove In training them for heaven. 3 Oh grant Thy Spirit, Lord,

Their hearts to sanctify;

1 The Saviour kindly calls

Our children to His breast; He folds them in His gracious arms,

Himself declares them blest. 2 "Let them approach," He cries,

“Nor scorn their humble claim; The heirs of heaven are such as these,

For such as these I came."

3 With joy we bring them, Lord,

Devoting them to Thee, Imploring that as we are Thine,

Thine may our offspring be.

DOXOLOGY.

PRAISE to the Father be ;

Praise to His Only Son; Praise to the blesséd Paraclete,

While endless ages run.

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Assured that if to Thee we live

We gain in what we seem to give. 1 FATHER, in these reveal Thy Son,

In these, for whom we seek Thy face; 4 Large and abundant blessings shed, Adopt and seal them as Thine own,

Warm as these prayers, upon his head; By Thy regenerating grace.

And on his soul, the dews of grace,

Fresh as these drops upon his face! 2 Jesus, with us Thou always art;. Now ratify the sacred sign,

5 Make him and keep him Thine own

child, The gift unspeakable impart,

Meek follower of the Undefiled, And bless Thy sacrament divine.

Possessor here of grace and love, 3 Come, Holy Spirit, from on high, Inheritor of heaven above.

Baptizer of our spirits, Thou !
The purifying grace apply,

628 And witness with the water now. 1 DEAR Saviour, if these lambs should

stray 4 Pour forth Thine energy divine,

From Thy secure enclosure's bound, And sprinkle the atoning blood;

And, lured by worldly joys away, May Father, Son and Spirit join

Among the thoughtless crowd be found; To seal each child a child of God.

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That Thy dear sacred Name they bear; i God of that glorious gift of grace Think that the seal of love divine,

By which Thy people seek Thy face, The sign of covenant grace, they wear.
When in Thy presence we appear,
Vouchsafe us faith to venture near.

3 In all their erring, sinful years,

Oh let them ne'er forgotten be ; 2 Confiding in Thy truth alone,

Remember all the prayers and tears Here, on the steps of Jesus' throne, Which made them consecrate to Thee. We lay the treasure Thou hast given, To be received and reared for heaven. 4 And when these lips no more can pray,

These eyes can weep for them no more, 3 Lent to us for a season, we

Turn Thou their feet from folly's way, Lend him forever, Lord, to Thee ! The wanderers to Thy fold restore.

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E'en we shall crowns of honor wear,

When we the thorns have worn.
I SEE Israel's gentle Shepherd stand,
With all-engaging charms;

4 Thy crown of thorns is all our boast, Hark! how He calls the tender lambs,

While now we fall before
And folds them in His arms !

The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 2 "Permit them to approach," He cries,

And tremble, love, adore.
“Nor scorn their humble name ;
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The Lord of angels came.”

1 Thus saith the mercy of the Lord,

I'll be a God to thee; 3 We bring them, Lord, in thankful

I'll bless thy numerous race, and they hands,

Shall be a seed to Me.
And yield them up to Thee,
Joyful that we ourselves are Thine,-

2 Jesus the ancient faith confirms,
Thine let our offspring be.

To our forefathers given;

He takes young children to His arms, 630

And calls them heirs of heaven. I We long to move and breathe in Thee, Inspired with Thine own breath,

3 Our God, how faithful are His ways !

His love endures the same ; To live Thy life, O Lord, and be

Nor from the promise of His grace Baptized into Thy death.

Blots out his children's name.
2 Thy death to sin we die below,
But we shall rise in love;

DOXOLOGY.
We here are planted in Thy woe,
But we shall bloom above.

To praise the Father and the Son,

And Spirit all divine, 3 Above we shall Thy glory share,

The One in Three, and Three in One, As we Thy cross have borne ;

Let saints and angels join.

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634 1 "FORBID them not,” the Saviour cried, 1 O God of Bethel, by whose hand "But suffer them to come :"

Thy people still are fed ; Ah, then maternal tears were dried, Who through this weary pilgrimage And unbelief was dumb.

Hast all our fathers led : 2 Lord, we believe, and we obey ; 2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present We bring them at Thy word;

Before Thy throne of grace: Be Thou our children's Strength and God of our fathers, be the God Stay,

Of their succeeding race. Their Portion and Reward.

3 Through each perplexing path of life 633 Psalm 78.

Our wandering footsteps guide ; 1 LET children hear the mighty deeds Give us each day our daily bread, Which God performed of old,

And raiment fit provide. Which in our younger years we saw,

4 Oh spread Thy covering wings around, And which our fathers told.

Till all our wanderings cease, ? He bids us make His glories known, And at our Father's loved abode His works of

power

and
grace ;

Our souls arrive in peace.
And we'll convey His wonders down
Through every rising race.

5 Such blessings from Thy gracious hand

Our humble prayers implore; 3 Our lips shall tell them to our sons, And Thou shalt be our chosen God, And they again to theirs,

Our Portion evermore.
That generations yet unborn
May teach them to their heirs.

DOXOLOGY.
4 Thus they shall learn, in God alone To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Their hope securely stands,

One God, whom we adore, That they may ne'er forget His works, Be glory as it was,

is

now, But practise His commands.

And shall be evermore.

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