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L. M. 1 GREAT God! we sing that mighty Hand,

By which supported still we stand:
The opening year Thy mercy shows;

Let mercy crown it, till it close.
2 By day, by night, at home, abroad,

Still we are guarded by our God;
By His incessant bounty fed,

By His unerring counsel led.
3 With grateful hearts the past we own;

The future, all to us unknown,
We to Thy guardian care commit,

And, peaceful, leave before Thy feet. 4 In scenes exalted or deprest,

Be Thou our joy, and Thou our rest;
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,
Adored through all our changing days.
5 When death shall interrupt our songs,

And seal in silence mortal tongues;
Our Helper God, in whom we trust,
In better worlds our souls shall boast.

Doddridge. 1755. 137

anys, 1 For Thy mercy and Thy grace,

Constant through another year,
Hear our song of thankfulness:

Father and Redeemer, hear. 2 In our weakness and distress,

Rock of strength! be Thou our Stay:
In the pathless wilderness,

Be our true and living Way. 3 Which of us death's awful road

In the coming year shall tread ?
With Thy rod and staff, O God,
Comfort Thou his dying bed.

4 Make us faithful; make us pure :

Keep us evermore Thine own:
Help Thy servants to endure:

Fit us for the promised crown. 5 So within Thy palace gate

We shall praise, on golden strings,
Thee, the only Potentate,
Lord of lords, and King of kings.

Henry Downton. 1851. a. 138

78. 1 WHILE with ceaseless course the sun

Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,

Never more to meet us here;
Fixed in an eternal state,

They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,

But how little, none can know.
2 As the wingéd arrow flies

Speedily, the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies

Darts, and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days

Bear us down life's rapid stream:
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise;

All below is but a dream.
3 Thanks for mercies past receive,

Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us henceforth how to live

With eternity in view.
Bless Thy Word to young and old,

Fill us with a Saviour's love;
And when life's short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.

John Newton. 1779.

2 Once far off, but now invited,

We approach Thy sacred throne;
In Thy covenant united,

Reconciled, redeemed, made one.
Now revealed to eastern sages,

See the star of mercy shine;
Mystery hid in former ages,

Mystery great of Love divine.
3 Hail, Thou all-inviting Saviour!

Gentiles now their offerings bring;
In Thy temple seek Thy favor,

Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.
May we, body, soul and spirit,

Live devoted to Thy praise,
Glorious realms of bliss inherit,
Grateful anthems ever raise.

Robert Robinson. ab. 1780.
At tharmanebt dud dalk der Heiden. 7s.
So may we, with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin's alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ! to Thee, our heavenly King.

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4 Holy Jesus! every day

Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,

Where no clouds Thy glory hide.
5 In the heavenly country bright

Need they no created light:
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There for ever may we sing
Hallelujahs to our King.
William Chatterton Dix. 1880.

4 Make us faithful; make us pure :

Keep us evermore Thine own:
Help Thy servants to endure:

Fit us for the promised crown.
5 So within Thy palace gate

We shall praise, on golden strings,
Thee, the only Potentate,
Lord of lords, and King of kings.

Henry Downton. 1851. a. 138

rys. 1 WHILE with ceaseless course the sun

Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,

Never more to meet us here;
Fixed in an eternal state,

They have done with all below;
5 Here behold the Day-spring rise,

Pouring eye-sight on your eyes :
God in His own light survey,

Shining to the perfect day.
6 Sing, ye morning stars again!

God descends on earth to reign:
Deigns for man His life to employ:
Shout, ye sons of God, for joy.

C. Wesley. 1739. 141

8,7. 1 Hail, Thou Source of every blessing,

Sovereign Father of mankind !
Gentiles now, Thy grace possessing,

In Thy courts admission find.
Grateful now we fall before Thee,

In Thy Church obtain a place;
Now by faith behold Thy glory,

Praise Thy truth, adore Thy grace.

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2 Once far off, but now invited,

We approach Thy sacred throne;
In Thy covenant united,

Reconciled, redeemed, made one.
Now revealed to eastern sages,

See the star of mercy shine;
Mystery hid in former ages,

Mystery great of Love divine,
3 Hail, Thou all-inviting Saviour !

Gentiles now their offerings bring;
In Thy temple seek Thy favor,

Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.
May we, body, soul and spirit,

Live devoted to Thy praise,
Glorious realms of bliss inherit,
Grateful anthems ever raise,

Robert Robinson. ab. 1780. 142 Werde Licht du Volk der Heiden. 1 All ye gentile lands awake!

Thou, O Salem, rise and shine!
See the Day-spring o'er you break,

Heralding a morn divine;
Telling, God hath called to mind

Those who long in darkness pined.
2 Lo, the shadows flee away,

For our Light is come at length,
Brighter than all earthly day,

Source of being, life and strength.
Whoso on this Light would gaze,

Must forsake all evil ways.
3 Yes, the glory of the Lord

Hath arisen on us to-day !
We have seen the light outpoured,

That must surely drive away
All things that to night belong,
All the sad earth's woe and wions.

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