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Communion of Saints. Ps. 133.
1 BLEST are the sons of peace,

Whose hearts and hopes are one, Whose kind designs to serve and please

Through all their actions run. 2 Blest is the pious house

Where zeal and friendship meet; Their songs of praise, their mingled vows,

Make their communion sweet. 3 Thus, when on Aaron's head

They poured the rich perfume,
The oil through all his raiment spread,

And pleasure filled the room. 4 Thus, on the heavenly hills,

The saints are blest above,
Where joy like morning dew distils,

And all the air is love.

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OF PSALMS.
Brotherly Love. Ps. 133.

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1 BEHOLD, how good it is,

And what a joy to see,
When brethren with each other dwell

In love and unity!
2 'Tis like the precious oil

They poured on Aaron's head,
Which down his hair and garment flowed,

And fragrant odors spread.

3 Or as refreshing dew

On Hermon's mount distils;
Or like the pearly drops that shine

On Zion's joyful hills.
4 For there the Lord commands,

And doth his blessing give –
The foretaste of that blessedness

Which shall forever live.

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DODDRIDGE. Christian Sympathy. 1 HAIL, everlasting Prince of Peace!

Hail, Governor divine !
How gracious is thy sceptre's sway!

What gentle laws are thine !
2 His tender heart with love o'erflowed ;

Love spoke in every breath; Vigorous it reigned through all his life,

And triumphed in his death.
3 All these united charms he shows

Our frozen souls to move,
This proof of love to him demands

That we each other love. 4 O, be the sacred law fulfilled

In every act and thought,
Each angry passion far removed,

Each selfish view forgot!
5 Be thou, my heart, dilated wide

By thy Redeemer's grace,
And in one grasp of fervent love

All earth and heaven embrace.

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Scott. The Fear of God. 1 GREAT Author of all nature's frame,

Holy and reverend is thy name;
Against thee who shall lift his hand ?

Before thy terrors who can stand ?
2 But blest are they, O gracious Lord,

Who fear thy name, and keep thy word ; Thy wisdom guides, thy power defends

Their life, till life its journey ends. 3 O that my soul, with awful sense

Of thy transcendent excellence,
May close the day, the day begin,

Watchful against each darling sin. 4 Never, O never from my heart,

May this great principle de part,
But act, with unabating power,
Within me to my latest hour!

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EXETER COL. Fortitude founded on godly Fear. 1 BLEST is the man who fears the Lord;

His well-established mind,
In every varying scene of life,

Shall true composure find.
2 Oft through the deep and stormy sea

The heavenly footsteps lie;
But on a glorious world beyond

His faith can fix its eye.

3 Though dark his present prospects be,

And sorrows round him dwell,
Yet hope can whisper to his soul,

That all shall issue well.
4 Full in the presence of his God,

Through every scene he goes,
And, fearing him, no other fear

His steadfast bosom knows.

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WATTS. Submission to afflictice Providences. 1 NAKED as from the earth we came,

And crept to life at first,
We to the earth return again,

And mingle with our dust.
2 The dear delights we here enjoy,

And fondly call our own,
Are but short favors, borrowed now

To be repaid anon.
3 'Tis God that lifts our comforts high,

Or sinks them in the grave;
He gives, and, - blessed be his name !

He takes but what he gave.
4 Peace, all our angry passions, then;

Let each rebellious sigh.
Be silent at his sovereign will,

And every murmur die.
5 If smiling mercy crown our lives,

Its praises shall be spread,
And we'll adore the justice, too,

That strikes our comforts dead.

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DODDRIDGE.

Fortitude and Trust.

1 WAIT on the Lord, ye heirs of hope,

And let his word support your souls; Well can he bear your courage up,

And all your foes and fears control. 2 He waits his own well-chosen hour,

The intended mercy to display ; His fatherly compassion moves,

While wisdom dictates the delay. 3 Blest are the humble souls, that wait

With sweet submission to his will ; Harmonious all their passions move,

And in the midst of storms are still ; 4 Still, till their Father's well-known voice

Wakens their silence into songs; Then earth grows vocal with his praise,

And heaven the grateful shout prolongs.

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J. TAYLOR.
Trust in God through all Changes.
1 FATHER divine, before thy view

All worlds, all creatures lie;
No distance can elude thy search,

No action 'scape thy eye.
2 From thee our vital breath we drew;

Our childhood was thy care ;
And vigorous youth and feeble age

Thy kind protection share.

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