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I ABIDE in me, O Lord, and I in Thee,

From this good hour, oh leave me nevermore;
Then shall the discord cease, the wound be healed,

The life-long bleeding of the soul be o'er.

2 Abide in me; o'ershadow by Thy love

Each half-formed purpose and dark thought of sin;
Quench ere it rise each selfish, low desire,

And keep my soul as Thine, calm and divine.

3 As some rare perfume in a vase of clay,

Pervades it with a fragrance not its own,
So, when Thou dwellest in a mortal soul,

All heaven's own sweetness seems around it thrown.

4 Abide in me: there have been moments blest,

When I have heard Thy voice and felt Thy power;
Then evil lost its grasp ; and passion hushed,

Owned the divine enchantment of the hour.

5 These were but seasons beautiful and rare ;

Abide in me, and they shall ever be ;
Fulfil at once Thy precept and my prayer,

Come, and abide in me, and I in Thee.

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Zion, the marvellous story be telling,

The Son of the Highest, how lowly His birth;
The brightest archangel in glory excelling,

He stoops to redeem thee, He reigns upon earth.
2 Tell how He cometh ; from nation to nation,

The heart-cheering news let the earth echo round;
How free to the faithful He offers salvation,

How His people with joy everlasting are crowned.
3 Mortals, your homage be gratefully bringing,

And sweet let the gladsome hosanna arise ;
Ye angels, the full hallelujah be singing ;

One chorus resound through the earth and the skies.

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4 Ye who pine in weary sadness,

Weep no more,

For the door
Now is found of gladness :
Cling to Him, for He will guide you

Where no cross,

Pain or loss,
Can again betide you.

997
1 All my heart this night rejoices,

As I hear,

Far and near,
Sweetest angel voices:
“Christ is born,” their choirs are
Till the air

[singing, Everywhere Now with joy is ringing. 2 Hark! a voice from yonder manger,

Soft and sweet,

Doth entreat,
“Flee from woe and danger ;
Brethren, come : from all that grieves
You are freed;

[you need I will surely give you.” 3 Come, then, let us hasten yonder;

Here let all,

Great and small,
Kneel in awe and wonder;
Love Him who with love is yearning :

Hail the star

That from far
ht with hope is burning!

5 Blessed Saviour, let me find Thee !

Keep Thou me

Close to Thee,
Cast me not behind Thee :
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,

Calm I rest

On Thy breast,
All this void Thou fillest.

All you

6 Heedfully my Lord I'll cherish,

Live to Thee,

And with Thee,
Dying shall not perish;
But shall dwell with Thee forever,

Far on high,

In the joy
That can alter never.

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998 I COME, O Thou Traveller unknown,

Whom still I hold, but cannot see, My company before is gone,

And I am left alone with Thee; With Thee all night I mean to stay, And wrestle till the break of day.

2 I need not tell Thee who I am,

My misery or sin declare ; Thyself hast called me by my name ; Look on Thy hands and read it

there! But who, I ask Thee, who art Thou? Tell me Thy Name, and tell me now.

5 My prayer hath power with God; the

grace Unspeakable I now receive ; Through faith I see Thee face to face,

I see Thee face to face, and live ; In vain I have not wept and strove,

Thy Nature, and Thy Name, is Love. 6 I know Thee, Saviour, who Thou art,

Jesus, the feeble sinner's Friend! Nor wilt Thou with the night depart,

But stay, and love me to the end ; Thy mercies never shall remove,

Thy Nature, and Thy Name, is Love. 7 Contented now upon my thigh

I halt, till life's short journey end, All helplessness, all weakness, I

On Thee alone for strength depend; Nor have I power from Thee to move;

Thy Nature, and Thy Name, is Love. 8 Lame as I am I take the prey, Hell, earth, and sin, with ease o'er

come ;
I leap for joy, pursue my way,

And as a bounding hart fly home,
Through all eternity to prove,
Thy Nature, and Thy Name, is Love!

3 Wilt Thou not yet to me reveal

Thy new, unutterable Name ? Tell me, I still beseech Thee, tell;

To know it now resolved I am: Wrestling, I will not let Thee go Till I Thy Name, Thy Nature know.

4 Yield to me now, for I am weak,

But confident in self-despair; Speak to my heart, in blessings speak,

Be conquered by my instant prayer ! Speak, or Thou never hence shalt move, And tell me if Thy Name is Love!

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