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3 To thee we all our ways commit,

And seek our comforts near thy feet;
Still on our souls vouchsafe to shine,

And guard and guide us still as thine. 4 Give us in thy beloved house

Again to pay our grateful vows;
Or, if that joy no more be known,
Give us to meet around thy throne.

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CHRISTIAN PSALMIST. The good Seed. After Sermon. 1 ALMIGHTY God, thy word is cast

Like seed into the ground;
Now let the dew of heaven descend,

And righteous fruits abound.
2 Let not the foe of Christ and man

This holy seed remove;
But give it root in every

heart
To bring forth fruits of love.
3 Let not the world's deceitful cares

The rising plant destroy ;
But let it yield, a hundred fold,

The fruits of peace and joy.
4 Nor let thy word, so kindly sent

To raise us to thy throne,
Return to thee, and sadly tell

That we reject thy Son.
5 Oft as the precious seed is sown,

Thy quickening grace bestow,
That all whose souls the truth receive,

Its saving power may know.

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Bishop HEBER The Sced of the Word. 1 O GOD, by whom the seed is given,

By whom the harvest blest; Whose word, like manna showered from heaven,

Is planted in our breast; 2 Preserve it from the passing feet,

And plunderers of the air ; The sultry sun's intenser heat,

And weeds of worldly care.
3 Though buried deep, or thinly strown,

Do thou thy grace supply ;
The hope in earthly furrows sown

Shall ripen in the sky.

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RIPPOK S COL. The Seed soun. 1 NOW, Lord, the heavenly seed is sown,

Be it thy servants' care
Thy heavenly blessing to bring down,

By humble, fervent prayer.
2 In vain we plant without thine aid,

And water, too, in vain;
Lord of the harvest, God of grace,

Send down thy heavenly rain.
3 Then shall our cheerful hearts and tongues

Begin this song divine: -
Thou, Lord, hast given the rich increase,
And be the glory thine."

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CONDER.

Peace with God.

TO all thy faithful people, Lord,

Pardon and peace impart;
And be thy Spirit shed abroad,

Thy love in every heart;
That they, from conscious guilt made clean,
May serve thee with a mind serene.

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8s & 7 M. TOPLADY's Col.

Hymn of Dismission.
1 LORD, dismiss us with thy blessing,

Hope and comfort from above ;
Let us each, thy peace possessing,

Triumph in redeeming love. 2 Thanks we give, and adoration,

For thy gospel's joyful sound;
May the fruits of thy salvation

In our hearts and lives abound.

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J. NEWTON. Benediction. 1 MAY the grace of Christ our Savior,

And the Father's boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit's favor,

Rest upon us from above.
2 Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord,
And possess, in sweet communion,

Joys which earth cannot afford.

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7 M.

J. NEWTON. Benediction. 1 NOW may He who from the dead

Brought the Shepherd of the sheep, Jesus Christ, our King and Head,

All our souls in safety keep. 2 May he teach us to fulfil

What is pleasing in his sight, Perfect us in all his will,

And preserve us day and night.

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Estlin. Dorology. 1 THOU art the first, and thou the last;

Time centres all in thee;
The Almighty God, who was, and is,

And evermore shall be.
2 To thee let every tongue be praise,

And every heart be love,
All grateful honors paid on earth,

And nobler songs above.

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DODDRIDGE. Christ's Regard to little Children. 1 SEE Israel's gentle Shepherd stand

With all-engaging charms;
Hark ! how he calls the tender lambs,

And folds them in his arms!

2 " Permit them to approach,” he cries,

“Nor scorn their humble name ; For 'twas to bless such souls as these,

The Lord of angels came."
3 We bring them, Lord, in thankful hands,

And yield them up to thee;
Joyful that we ourselves are thine,

Thine let our offspring be.
4 Ye little flock, with pleasure hear;

Ye children, seek his face,
And fly with transport to receive

The blessings of his grace.
5 If orphans they are left behind,

God's guardian care we trust;
That care shall heal our bleeding hearts,

If weeping o'er their dust.

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PARADISE ST. COL. Children devoted to God. 1 LORD, what our ears have heard,

Our eyes, delighted, trace -
Thy love in long succession shown

To Zion's chosen race.
2 Our children dost thou claim,

And mark them out for thine ;
Ten thousand blessings to thy name,

For goodness so divine. 3 Thee let the fathers own,

And thee the sons adore ;
Joined to the Lord in solemn vows,

To be forgot no more.

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