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5 Or if on joyful wing

Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,

Upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to Thee! Amen.

286 “I will go in the strength of the Lord God, I

will make mention of Thy righteousness,

even of Thine only.' 1 I JOURNEY through a desert drear and wild, Yet is my heart by such sweet thoughts

beguiled Of Him on Whom I lean, my Strength, my Stay, I can forget the sorrows of the way.

2 Thoughts of His love—the root of every grace Which finds in this poor heart a dwelling-place, The sunshine of my soul, than day more bright, And my calm pillow of repose by night.

3 Thoughts of His sojourn in this vale of tears

The tale of love unfolded in those years
Of sinless suffering and of patient grace,
I love again, and yet again, to trace.

4 Thoughts of His glory—on the Cross I gaze,

And there behold its sad yet healing rays ; Beacon of hope, which, lifted up on high, Illumes with heavenly light the tear-dimmed


5 Thoughts of His coming ; for that joyful day

In patient hope I watch, and wait, and pray ; The dawn draws nigh, the midnight shadows O what a sunrise will that Advent be! (flee ;

6 Thus while I journey on, my Lord to meet,

My thoughts and meditations are so sweet Of Him on Whom I lean, my Strength, my Stay I can forget the sorrows of the way!

287 Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an

example, that ye should follow His steps.1 A PILGRIM through this lonely world,

The blessed Saviour passed;
A mourner all His life was He,

A dying Lamb at last.

2 That tender heart that felt for all,

For all its life-blood gave;
It found on earth no resting-place,

Save only in the grave.

3 Such was our Lord—and shall we fear

The Cross, with all its scorn?
Or love a faithless, evil world,

That wreathed His brow with thorn?

4 No, facing all its frowns or smiles,

Like Him obedient still,
We homeward press through storm or calm,

To Zion's blessed hill.

5 In tents we dwell amid the waste,

Nor turn aside to roam
In folly's paths, nor seek our rest

Where Jesus had no home.
6 Dead to the world with Him Who died

To win our hearts, our love,
We, risen with our risen Head,

In spirit dwell above. Amen.

288 "O God, Thou art my God.

1 O GOD, Thou art my God alone;

Early to Thee my soul shall cry;
A pilgrim in a land unknown,

A thirsty land whose springs are dry. [2 O that it were as it hath been!

When praying in the holy place,
Thy power and glory I have seen,

And marked the footsteps of Thy grace !) 3 Yet, through this rough and thorny maze

I follow hard on Thee, my God;
Thine hand unseen upholds my ways;

I safely tread where Thou hast trod. 4 Thee, in the watches of the night,

When I remember on my bed,
Thy presence makes the darkness light,

Thy guardian wings are round my head.

5 Better than life itself Thy love,

Dearer than all beside to me;
For whom have I in heaven above,

Or what on earth compared to Thee?

6 Praise with my heart, my mind, my voice,

For all Thy mercy I will give;
My soul shall still in God rejoice,
My tongue shall bless Thee while I live.


289 “Thy statutes have been my songs in the

house of my pilgrimage.
1 CHILDREN of the Heavenly King,

As ye journey, sweetly sing;
Sing your Saviour's worthy praise,
Glorious in His works and ways.
2 We are travelling home to God,

In the way the fathers trod :
They are happy now; and we
Soon their happiness shall see.
3 Sing, ye little flock, for blest

You on Jesus' throne shall rest:
There your seat is now prepared,
There your kingdom and reward.

4 Lift your eyes, ye sons of light;
Zion's city is in sight;
There our endless home shall be,

There our Lord we soon shall see.
5 Fear not, brethren; joyful stand

On the borders of your land;
Christ, the everlasting Son,

Bids you undismayed go on.
6 Lord, obediently we go,

Gladly leaving all below:
Only Thou our Leader be,
And we still will follow Thee. Amen.

290“At evening time it shall be light.
1 THE Christian's path shines more and more

From morn to perfect day;
Yet darkening storms will rise the while,

And hide the cheering ray;
Though clouds may dim faith's heavenward
At evening time it shall be light. [flight,
2 When comforts fail, and friends are few,

And griefs his path surround;
Though all is dark without, within

A heavenly light is found.
No change of scene his peace can blight,

At evening time it shall be light.
3 'Tis good at times that pilgrim-saints,

For but a moment's space,
Should feel that God, in wrath at sin,

Can hide His smiling face;
Behind that veil the Sun shines bright,
At evening time it shall be light.
4 At evening time it shall be light;

So runs the promise dear,
To cheer the pilgrim's fainting heart,

When death's dark hour draws near;
E'en midst the gloom of nature's night,
At evening time it shall be light. Amen.

291 "Lead me in the way everlasting.

JESUS, still lead on,

Till our rest be won;
And, although the way be cheerless,
We will follow, calm and fearless;

Guide us by Thy hand
To our Fatherland.

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