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1 A PARTING hymn we sing
Around Thy table, Lord; Again our grateful tribute bring,
Our solemn vows record.
And felt Thy presence here;
In word and life appear.
By sin no longer led, The path our dear Redeemer trod,
May we rejoicing tread. 4 In self-forgetting love
Be our communion shown,
And know as we are known.
2 That so Thy wondrous way
May through the world be known; While distant lands their tribute pay,
And Thy salvation own. 3 Oh let them shout and sing
With joy and pious mirth; For Thou, the righteous Judge and King, Shalt govern
all the earth. 4 Let differing nations join
To celebrate Thy fame;
To praise Thy glorious name.
I LORD, at this closing hour
Establish every heart Upon Thy word of truth and power,
To keep us when we part. 2 Peace to our brethren give ;
Fill all our hearts with love;
And seek our rest above. 675
In mercy, Lord, incline;
On all Thy saints to shine:
Our Saviour and our King,
Their humble praises bring. 2 'Tis His almighty love,
His counsel and His care, Preserves us safe from sin and death,
And every hurtful snare. 3 He will present our souls,
Unblemished and complete,
With joys divinely great. 4 To our Redeemer-God
Wisdom and power belong,
And everlasting song.
3 The little cloud increases still,
The heavens are big with rain; 1 How sweet, how heavenly is the sight, When those who love the Lord
We haste to catch the teeming shower, In one another's peace delight,
And all its moisture drain.
4 A rill, a stream, a torrent flows! 2 When each can feel his brother's sigh,
But pour a mighty flood;
Oh sweep the nations, shake the earth, When sorrow flows from eye to eye,
'Till all proclaim Thee, God! And joy from heart to heart: 5 And when Thou mak'st Thy jewels up, 3 When, free from envy, scorn and pride, And sett'st Thy starry crown; Our wishes all above,
When all Thy sparkling gems shall Each can his brother's failings hide,
shine, And show a brother's love!
Proclaimed by Thee Thine own: 4 Let love in one delightful stream 6 May we, a little band of love, Through every bosom flow,
We, sinners saved by grace, And union sweet, and dear esteem, From glory unto glory changed, In every action glow.
Behold Thee face to face ! 5 Love is the golden chain that binds
That will not let us part ! 678
Our bodies may far off remove,
We still are one in heart.
2 Joined in one Spirit to our Head, One hope, one heart, one mind, one
Where He appoints we go; voice,
We still in Jesus' footsteps tread, 'Tis heaven on earth begun.
And show His praise below. 2 Our hearts have often burned within, 3 Oh may we ever walk in Him, And glowed with sacred fire,
And nothing know beside ! While Jesus spoke,and fed,and blessed, Nothing desire, nothing esteem, And filled the enlarged desire.
But Jesus crucified !
4 Together oft they seek the place 1 Come in, thou blesséd of our God,
Where God reveals His awful face; In Jesus' name we bid thee come;
How high, how strong, their raptures No more thy feet shall roam abroad;
swell, Henceforth a brother, welcome home.
There's none but kindred souls can tell. 3 Those joys which earth cannot afford, 5 Nor shall the glowing flame expire We'll seek in fellowship to prove,
When nature droops her sickening fire; Joined in one Spirit to our Lord,
Then shall they meet in realms above, Together bound by mutual love.
A heaven of joy, a heaven of love. 3 And while we pass this vale of tears,
682 We'll make our joys and sorrows known;
I O LORD, how joyful 'tis to see We'll share each other's hopes and
The brethren join in love to Thee ! fears,
On Thee alone their heart relies; And count our brother's cares our own.
Their only strength Thy grace supplies. 4 Once more our welcome we repeat; Receive assurance of our love ;
2 How sweet, within Thy holy place,
With one accord to sing Thy grace, Oh may we all together meet
Besieging Thine attentive ear Around the throne of God above!
With all the force of fervent prayer. 1 How blest the sacred tie that binds
may we love the house of God, In union sweet according minds;
Of peace and joy the blest abode; How swift the heavenly course they run
Oh may no angry strife destroy Whose hearts, whose faith, whose hopes
That sacred peace, that holy joy. are one!
4. The world without may rage, but we 2 To each the soul of each how dear! Will only cling more close to Thee, What jealous love, what holy fear!
With hearts to Thee more wholly given, How doth the generous flame within More weaned from earth, more fixed Refine from earth and cleanse from sin !
on Heaven. 3 Their streaming tears together flow 5 Lord, shower upon us from above
For human guilt and mortal woe; The sacred gift of mutual love; Their ardent prayers together rise Each other's wants may we supply, Like mingling flames in sacrifice. And reign together in the sky.
2 For all Thy saints, O Lord,
Accept our thankful cry, Who counted Thee their great reward,
And strove in Thee to die. 3 They all, in life or death,
With Thee, their Lord, in view, Learned from Thy Holy Spirit's breath
To suffer and to do.
And humbly pray that we
And live and die in Thee.
I Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love:
Is like to that above.
pour our ardent prayers ; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts and our cares. 3: We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear ;
The sympathizing tear. 4 When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
And hope to meet again. 5 This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
And longs to see the day. 6 From sorrow, toil, and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
Through all eternity.
Who strove in Thee to live,
Our grateful hymn receive.
1 Oh what, if we are Christ's,
Is earthly shame or loss?
When we have borne the cross. 2 Keen was the trial once,
Bitter the cup of woe, When martyred saints, baptized in
Boundless their joy above,
They rest in perfect love.
Like them in faith to bear
May be our portion here!
That have obtained the prize ;
To joys celestial rise.
With those to glory gone ;
In heaven and earth, are one. 3 One family, we dwell in Him,
One church above, beneath,
The narrow stream of death. 4 One army of the living God,
To His command we bow;
And part are crossing now.
This solemn moment fly;
And we expect to die.
With wishful looks we stand,
And reach the heavenly land.
Within the veil, and see
How bright their glories be.
2 Once they were mourning here below,
And wet their couch with tears; They wrestled hard, as we do now,
With sins and doubts and fears. 3 I ask them, whence their victory came;
They, with united breath,
Their triumph to His death. 4 They marked the footsteps He had trod;
His zeal inspired their breast;
Possess the promised rest. 5 Our glorious Leader claims our praise
For His own pattern given, While the long cloud of witnesses
Show the same path to heaven. 688 1 Glory to God! whose witness-train,
Those heroes bold in faith, Could smile on poverty and pain,
And triumph e'en in death. 2 God whom we serve, our God, can save,
Can damp the scorching flame, Can build an ark, can smooth the wave,
For such as love His name.
With its eternal strength,
And conquerors prove at length.