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From many an ancient river,
From many a palmy plain,

They call us to deliver
Their land from error's chain.

2 What though the spicy breezes

Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle,
Though every prospect pleases,

And only man is vile;
In vain with lavish kindness

The gifts of God are strewn,
The heathen, in his blindness,

Bows down to wood and stone.

3 Can we, whose souls are lighted

With wisdom from on high,
Can we to men benighted

The lamp of life deny?
Salvation! oh, salvation!

The joyful sound proclaim,
Till each remotest nation

Has learnt Messiah's name.

4 Waft, waft, ye winds, His story,

And you, ye waters, roll,
Till like a sea of glory

It spreads from pole to pole;
Till o'er our ransomed nature

The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,

In bliss returns to reign.

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1 n OD of grace, oh let Thy light VJ Bless our dim and blinded sight; Like the day-spring on the night,

2 To the nations led astray Thine eternal love display; Let Thy truth direct their way

Till the world be Thine.

3 Praise to Thee, the faithful Lord; Let all tongues in glad accord Learn the good thanksgiving word,

Ever praising Thee.

4 Let them, moved to gladness, sing, Owning Thee their Judge and King; Righteous Truth shall bloom and spring

Where Thy rule shall be.

5 Praise to Thee, all-faithful Lord; Let all tongues in glad accord Speak the good thanksgiving word,

Heart-rejoicing praise.

6 So the fruitful earth's increase, Bounty of the God of peace, Never in its course shall cease,

Through the length of days.

7 While His grace our life shall cheer, Farthest lands shall own His fear, Brought to Him in worship near,

Taught His mercy's ways.

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1 T ORD, a Saviour's love displaying,
L Show the heathen lands Thy way;
Millions still like sheep are straying

In the dark and cloudy day.

2 Shades of death are gathering o'er them;

Lord, they perish from Thy sight!
Let Thine angel go before them;
Bring the Gentiles to Thy light.

3 Fetch them home from every nation,

From the islands of the sea;
By the word of Thy salvation
Call the wanderers back to Thee.

4 Thou their pasture hast provided,

Grant the blessing long foretold; Let Thy sheep, Divinely guided, Find at last the common fold.

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1 nnHOU, whose almighty Word
l Chaos and darkness heard,

And took their flight,
Hear us, we humbly pray,
And where the Gospel-day
Sheds not its glorious ray

Let there be light!

2 Thou, who didst come to bring
On Thy redeeming wing

Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
Oh, now to all mankind

Let there be light!

3 Spirit of truth and love,
Life-giving, holy Dove,

Speed forth Thy flight;
Move on the waters' face,
Spreading the beams of grace,
And in earth's darkest place

Let there be light!

4 Blessed and Holy Three,
Glorious Trinity,

Grace, Love, and Might:

Boundless as ocean's tide
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the world, far and wide,
Let there be light!

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1 pRACIOUS Saviour, holy Shepherd, IT Little ones are dear to Thee; Gathered with Thine arms, and carried

In Thy bosom, may they be
Sweetly, fondly, safely tended,
From all want and danger free.

2 Tender Shepherd, never leave them

From Thy fold to go astray;
By Thy warning love directed,

May they walk the narrow way;
Thus direct them, thus defend them,

Lest they fall an easy prey.

3 Let Thy holy word instruct them,

Fill their minds with heavenly light,
Let Thy powerful grace constrain them

To approve whate'er is right;
Let them feel Thy yoke is easy,

Let them prove Thy burden light.

4 Taught to lisp the holy praises

Which on earth Thy children sing,
Both with lips and hearts unfeigned,

Glad thank-offerings may they bring;
Then, with all the saints in glory,

Join to praise their Lord and King.

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1 /^REAT God! in heaven and earth supreme, IT Whose glories all creation fill;

Our souls adore Thy awful name,
And humbly wait to do Thy will.

2 Thy glorious might what tongue can tell,
What force Thy sovereign power withstand?
Yet Thou dost stoop with men to dwell,
And give Thy blessings through their hand.

3 'Tis ours to feed these lambs of Thine,
And train their footsteps on to heaven;
We hail with joy the charge Divine,
And freely give as Thou hast given.

4 0 fount of love, all-gracious God!
What can we offer but Thine own?
For we are Thine, redeemed with blood,
The precious blood of Christ Thy Son.

5 On these, on us, Thy grace bestow,
The contrite heart, the lowly mind;
The love of God in Christ to know,
The wisdom from above to find.

6 Defend us from the power of sin,
Save us from all self-righteous pride;
Our sure support, Thy peace within,
Our only plea, that Christ has died.

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1 piOME, ye thankful people, come,
\J Raise the song of harvest-home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.

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