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While, guarded by His potent hand,
Midst all the rage of hell they stand. 4 So shall the bright succession run, Through the last courses of the sun ;
While unborn churches, by their care,
And we receive thee in His stead.
This fold from hell and earth and sin; Nourish the lambs, and feed the sheep,
The wounded heal, the lost bring in. 3 Come as a watchman; take thy stand
Upon thy tower amidst the sky; And, when the sword comes on the land,
Call us to fight, or warn to fly. 4 Come as an angel; hence to guide
A band of pilgrims on their way, That, safely walking at thy side,
Wé faint not, fail not, turn, nor stray. 5 Come as a teacher sent from God,
Charged His whole counsel to declare ; Lift o'er our ranks the prophet's rod,
While we uphold thy hands with prayer. 6 Come as a messenger of peace,
Filled with the Spirit, fired with love ;
Live, to behold our large increase,
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on Lord! Thine assembled servants
bless; Graces and gifts to each supply,
And clothe us all with righteousness. Wisdom and zeal and faith impart,
Firmness with meekness, from above, To bear Thy people on our heart, And love the souls whom Thou dost
love ;To watch and pray, and never faint ;
By day and night strict guard to keep ; to warn the sinner, cheer the saint,
Nourish Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep. 'hen, when our work is finished here,
In humble hope our charge resign; When the Chief Shepherd shall appear, O God ! may they and we be Thine !
2 The bruised reed, O Jesus,
Thou breakest not in twain ;
Into a flame again.
Once more to front the host,
In weakness shineth most. 4 O Lord, our human weakness
With pitying eye behold ;
And make the coward bold. 5 Our hearts, so frail and feeble,
With love like Thine, Lord, fill,
But hopeth all things still. 6 0 Saviour, glorious Victor
O'er all the hosts of sin,
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C.. TE thank Thee, Lord, for using us, However trembling is the hand,
The voice however weak. 2 We thank Thee, Lord, that some true rays
Of Thine from us have shone Into a world so dark as ours, However faint and wan.
or those to whom, through us, Thou hast
Some heavenly guidance given; pr some, it may be, saved from death, And some brought nearer heaven. or solace ministered perchance In days of grief and pain ; br peace to troubled weary souls Not spoken all in vain. rd, keep us still the same, as in Remembered days of old ; keep us fervent still in love, Mid many waxing cold : ly name to name, Thyself to own, With voice unfaltering, d face as bold and unashamed, As in our Christian spring.
DEATH OF A MINISTER.
OW let our mourning hearts revive,
And all our tears be dry : y should those eyes be drowned in
grief, hich view a Saviour nigh? at though the arm of conquering death bes God's own house invade? it though the prophet and the priest e numbered with the dead ? 1gh earthly shepherds dwell in dust, e agèd and the young,
The watchful eye in darkness closed,
And mute the instructive tongue, 4 The Eternal Shepherd still survives,
New comfort to impart;
Still animates our heart.
'My Church shall safe abide ; For I will ne'er forsake My own,
Whose souls in Me confide.' 6 Through every scene of life and death,
This promise is our trust :
When we are turned to dust.
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Thine open grave, we stand, With hearts all full of gladness,
To keep Thy blest command": So Thee in faith we follow,
And trace Thy path of love, Through the strange solemn waters, Up to Thy throne above.