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2 Oh, may this bounteous God

Through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts

And blessèd peace to cheer us; And keep us in His grace,

And guide us when perplexed, And free us from all ills

In this world and the next.

3 All praise and thanks to God,

The Father, now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns

With them in highest heaven,
The One Eternal God,

Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

M. Rinkart, 1644 Tr. C. Winkworth, 1858

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For the love which from our birth

Christ, our God, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grate-ful praise.

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2 For the wonder of each hour

Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,

Sun and moon, and stars of light,
Christ our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

4 For Thy Church, that evermore

Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
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sacrifice of love : Christ our God, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

3 For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child, Friends on earth, and friends above,

For all gentle thoughts and mild : Christ our God, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

5 For Thyself, best Gift Divine !

To our race so freely given,
For that great, great love of Thine,

Peace on earth and joy in heaven;
Christ our God, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

F. S. Pierpoint, 1864

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1. O PER-FECT Love, all

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2 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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Here in earth's home preparing

For the bright home above,
And there for ever sharing
Its joy where “God is Love."

J. S. B. Monsell, 1862

The Geneva Psalter, 1543 (L. Bourgeois)

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2 Anoint them prophets! Make their ears attent

To Thy divinest speech; their hearts awake To human need; their lips make eloquent

To assure the right, and every evil break.
3 Anoint them priests! Strong intercessors they

For pardon, and for charity and peace!
Ah, if with them the world might pass, astray,

Into the dear Christ's life of sacrifice !
4 Anoint them kings! aye kingly kings, O Lord !

Anoint them with the spirit of Thy Son!
Theirs, not a jewelled crown, a blood-stained sword;

Theirs, by sweet love, for Christ a kingdom won! 5 Make them apostles! Heralds of Thy cross;

Forth may they go to tell all realms Thy grace ; Inspired of Thee, may they count all but loss,

And stand at last with joy before Thy face. 6 O mighty age of prophet-kings, return!

O truth, O faith, enrich our urgent time!
Lord Jesus Christ, again with us sojourn;
A weary world awaits Thy reign sublime !

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