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ERE, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face:

Here would I touch and handle things unseen, Here grasp with firmer hand the eternal grace,

And all my weariness upon Thee lean.

2 Here would I feed upon the bread of God,

Here drink with Thee the royal wine of heaven; Here would I lay aside cach earthly load,

Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

3 This is the hour of banquet and of song;

This is the heavenly table spread for me:
Here let me feast, and, feasting, still prolong
The brief, bright hour of fellowship with Thee.

Horatius Bonar. 1855

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100 soon we rise; the symbols disappear;

The feast, though not the love, is past and gone.
The bread and wine remove, but Thou art here,

Nearer than ever,--still my Shield and Sun. 2 I have no help but Thine; nor do I need

Another arm save Thine to lean upon. It is enough, my Lord, enough, indeed;

My strength is in Thy might --Thy might alone. 3 I have no wisdom, save in Him who is

My Wisdom and my Teacher, both in one; No wisdom can I lack while Thou art wise,

No teaching do I crave save Thine alone. 4 I know that deadly evils compass me,

Dark perils threaten, yet I would not fear, Nor poorly shrink, nor feebly turn to flee,

Thou, O my Christ, art Buckler, Sword and Spear. 5 Feast after feast thus comes and passes by;

Yet, passing, points to the glad feast above,
Giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy,
The Lamb's great bridal feast of bliss and love.

Horatius Bonar, 1855

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1 PARTING hymn we sing

Around Thy table, Lord; Again our grateful tribute bring,

Our solemn vows record.

2 Here have we seen Thy face,

And felt Thy presence here; So may the savor of Thy grace

In word and life appear.

3 The purchase of Thy blood,

By sin no longer led,
The path our dear Redeemer trod

May we rejoicing tread.

4 In self-forgetting love

Be our communion shown, Until we join the Church above,

And know as we are known.

Aaron R. Wolfe 1858

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1 O PERFECT Love, all human thought transcending,

Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne,
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending,

Whom Thou for evermore dost join in one.
2 O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance

Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
Of patient hope, and quiet, brave endurance,

With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.
3 Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;

Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
That dawns upon eternal love and life.

Dorothy F. Blomfield, 1883

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