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At once they sing, at once they pray!
They hear of heav'n and learn the way. 2 I have been there and still would go,
'Tis like a little heav'n below :
Or tempt me to forget this day.
The text and doctrine of thy word:
break thy laws no more, But love thee better than before. 4 With thoughts of Christ, and things
434. The Eternal Sabbath. L.M.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of GOD..
HEB. iv. 9.
LORD of the Sabbath, hear us pray
The songs which from thy people rise. 2 Thine earthly sabbaths, LORD, we love;
But there's a nobler rest above;
3 No more fatigue, no more distress,
Nor sin, nor hell, shall reach the place;
Which issue from immortal tongues. 4 No rude alarms of raging foes,
No cares to break the long repose
But sacred, high, eternal noon, 5 O long-expected day, begin,
Dawn on these realms of woe and sin;
PRAYER. 435. Before Prayer. L.M. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit-Eph. vi. 18.
And lead me to thy blest abode. 2 Hast thou imparted to my soul
A living spark of heav'nly fire ? ?
With ardent zeal my soul inspire!
The love that Christ to sinners bore:
proAnd my redeeming God adore. [duc'd,
435 2 A Blessing sought on Prayer. 7s. I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.-GENESIS
Mine's an urgent pressing case. 2 Dost thou ask me who I am?
Ah! my LORD, thou know'st my name;
To support my suit with thee.]
In rebellion blindly bold,
That poor rebel, Lord, was I. 4 Once a sinner near despair
Sought thy mercy-seat by prayer;
LORD, that mercy came to me.
Who could hold me up but thou ?] 6 Thou hast help'd in ev'ry need;
This emboldens me to plead :
Cånst thou let me sink at last? 327
7 No-I must maintain my hold,
'Tis thy goodness makes me bold;
436. Encouragement to Prayer. C.M.
Ask, and it shall be given you.-MAT. vii. 7. APPROACH, my soul, the mercy-seat,
Where Jesus answers pray'r; There buinbly fall before his feet,
For none can perish there. 2 Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
And such, O LORD, am I.
By Satan sorely prest,
I come to thee for rest. 4 Be thou my shield and hiding-place;
That, shelter'd near thy side, I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him, thou hast died.
To bear the cross and shame,
Might plead thy gracious name.
437. Encouragement to Prayer. 78.
Ask what I shall give thee._1 Kings iii. 5.
COME, my soul, thy suit prepare,
Therefore will not turn away.
None can ever ask too much. 3 With my burden I begin,
O remove this load of sin !
Set my conscience free from guilt. 4 Lord, I come to thee for rest,
Take possession of my breast;
And without a rival reign. 5 While I am a pilgrim here,
Let thy love my spirit cheer;
Lead me to my journey's end. 6 [Show me what I bave to do,
Ev'ry hour my strength renew;