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3 Blest are the men whose hearts are set

To find the way to Sion's gate ;
God is their strength ; and through the road

They lean upon their helper, God.
4 Cheerful they walk with growing strength,

Till all shall meet in heaven at length;
Till all before Thy face appear,
And join in nobler worship there.

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How pleasant and how fair
The dwellings of Thy love,
Thine earthly temples are !

To Thine abode
My heart aspires,
With warm desires

To see my God.
2 O happy souls that pray

Where God appoints to hear !
O blessed those that pay
Their constant service there!

They praise Thee still ;
And happy they,
That love the

way
To Sion's hill.

3 They go from strength to strength

Through this dark vale of tears,
Till all arrive at length,

Till each in heaven appears :

P. M.

O glorious seat!
When God our King
Shall thither bring

Our willing feet.
4 The Lord His people loves,

His hand no good withholds
From those His heart approves,
From pure and faithful souls :

Thrice-happy he,
O God of Hosts,
Whose spirit trusts

Alone in Thee. 87

YLORIOUS things of thee are spoken,

Sion, city of our God;
He, whose word cannot be broken,

Formed thee for His own abode ;
On the Rock of ages founded,

What can shake thy sure repose ?
With salvation's walls surrounded,

Thou may’st smile at all thy foes. 2 See! the streams of living waters,

Springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters,

And all fear of want remove :
Who can faint, while such a river

Ever flows their thirst to assuage ?
Blessings, like the Lord, the Giver,

Never fail from age to age.
3 May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father's boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit's favour,

Rest upon us from above :
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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Version 2.

S. M.

1 THE Church of God below

Is like His Church above,
Safe shielded from her

every

foe
By heavenly power and love.
2 On high and holy ground

Her deep foundations rest:
And God within her courts is found

An ever-present Guest.
3 The Church of God below

Shall yet more honoured be;
The nations to her side shall flow,

The world her glories see.
4 O blest and favoured men,

That in her courts are born!
Their life but sets to rise again

In heaven's eternal morn.

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C. M.

1

LEST are the souls that hear and know

The Gospel's joyful sound;
Peace shall attend the path they go,

And light their steps surround.

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age to

2 Their joy shall bear their spirits up,

Through their Redeemer's Name;
His righteousness exalts their hope,

Nor Satan dares condemn.
3 The Lord, our glory and defence,

Strength and salvation gives;
Israel, thy King for ever reigns,

Thy God for ever lives.
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LORD, the Saviour and defence

Of us, Thy chosen race,
From

age

Thou still hast been
Our sure abiding place.
2 Thou turnest man, O Lord, to dust,

Of which he first was made :
And when Thou speak’st the word, “Return,”

'Tis instantly obeyed.
3 So teach us, Lord, the uncertain sum

Of our short days to mind,
That to true wisdom all our hearts

May ever be inclined.
4 Turn Thee again, O Lord, our God !

Be gracious at the last,
That the bright hope of future bliss

May heal our sorrows past. 90

Version 2.
1 HINE on our souls, eternal God,

With rays of beauty shine ;
O let Thy favour crown our days,

And all their course be Thine !

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SHWE

2 Did we not raise our hearts to Thee,

Our hands might toil in vain :
Small joy success itself could give,

If Thou Thy love restrain.
3 With Thee let every week begin,

With Thee each day be spent ;
For Thee each fleeting hour improved,

Since each by Thee is lent.
4 Thus cheer us through this desert road,

Till all our labours cease;
And heaven refresh our weary souls

With everlasting peace.

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L. M,

WEET is the work, my God, my King,

To show Thy love by morning light,

And talk of all Thy truth at night. 2 Sweet is the day of sacred rest, No earthly cares shall fill

my

breast; O may my heart in tune be found,

Like David's harp of solemn sound ! 3 My heart shall triumph in the Lord,

And bless His works, and bless His word ;
Thy works of grace, how bright they shine!

How deep Thy counsels, how divine ! 4 Soon shall I see, and hear, and know

All I desired, or wished, below;
And every power

find sweet employ
In the eternal world of joy.

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