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903. C. M. DoDDRIDGE

Christian Ambition.

1 NOW let a true ambition rise,
And ardor fire our breast,
To reign in worlds above the skies,
In heavenly glories dressed.

2 Behold Jehovah's royal hand
A radiant crown display,
Whose gems with vivid lustre shine,
While suns and stars decay.

3 Ye hearts, with youthful vigor warm,
The glorious prize pursue ;
Nor shall ye want the goods of earth,
While heaven is kept in view.

904. L. M. HENRY MooRE

For Steadiness of Principle.

1 AMIDST a world of hopes and fears,
A wild of cares, and toils, and tears,
Where foes alarm, and dangers threat,
And pleasures kill, and glories cheat :

2 Shed down, O Lord ' a heavenly ray
To guide me in the doubtful way ;
And o'er me hold thy shield of power,
To guard me in the dangerous hour.

3 Teach me the flattering paths to shun,
In which the thoughtless many run,
Who for a shade the substance miss,
And grasp their ruin in their bliss.

4 May never pleasure, wealth, or pride
Allure my wandering soul aside ;
But, through this maze of mortal ill,

Safe lead me to thy heavenly hill.

905. C. M. Knowles

The Mourner comforted.
1 O, WEEP not for the joys that fade

Like evening lights away,
For hopes that, like the stars decayed,
Have left thy mortal day;
The clouds of sorrow will depart,
And brilliant skies be given ;
For bliss awaits the holy heart,
Amid the bowers of heaven.

2 O, weep not for the friends that pass

Into the lonely grave,

As breezes sweep the withered grass
Along the restless wave ;

For though thy pleasures may depart,
And mournful days be given ;

Yet bliss awaits the holy heart,
When friends rejoin in heaven.

906. 8 & 7s. M. CowPER

Future Peace and Glory of the Church.

1 HEAR what God, the Lord, hath spoken :

O my people, faint and few,

Comfortless, afflicted, broken,
Fair abodes I build for you ;

Scenes of heartfelt tribulation
Shall no more perplex your ways;

You shall name your walls salvation,
And your gates shall all be praise.

2 There, like streams that feed the garden,
Pleasures without end shall flow ;
For the Lord, your faith rewarding,
All his bounty shall bestow ;
Still in undisturbed possession
Peace and righteousness shall reign :

Never shall you feel oppression,
Hear the voice of war again.

3 Ye, no more your suns descending,

Waning moons no more shall see :

But, your griefs for ever ending,
Find eternal noon in me ;

God shall rise, and, shining o'er you,
Change to day the gloom of night;

He, the Lord, shall be your glory,
God your everlasting light.

907. C. M. S. F. SMITH

The Departed.

1 WHEN spirits from their cumbering clay
Ascend to heaven’s bright shore,
Our hoping hearts with triumph say, -
“Not lost, but gone before.”

2 Then calmly may our spirits bow
Beneath affliction’s rod ;
Who, who would murmur that his friend

Is safe in joy and God 908. H. M. ANoNYMoUs

Close of Service.

BY us the seed is sown, –
Thy blessing, Lord, bestow ;
The power is thine alone
To make it spring and grow :
Do thou the gracious harvest raise,
And thou alone shalt have the praise.

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