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CHANDLER 284 L. M.
From the Breviary The Descent of the Spirit. 1 OUR prayer is heard ; the holy Dove,
1 Sent from the Father's breast above, Brings down to mortal man's abode
The gifts, the promised gifts, of God. 2 And, 0, what wonders were displayed,
When he on earth his entrance made !
Gave notice that the Lord was nigh. 3 And then the Holy Spirit came,
In form of fast-descending flame,
Like cloven tongues of living fire. 4 And those bright flames, thus gently shed
On each apostle's hallowed head,
A life and strength unknown before. 5 Amazed the Gentiles stand around,
And listen to the varied sound;
The ancient prophets spoke his word ;
And warmed their hearts with heavenly fire. 2 The works and wonders which they wrought
Confirmed the messages they brought ;
To save the holy words from death. 3 Let the false raptures of the mind
Be lost and vanish in the wind;
What endless glory shines !
For these celestial lines.
-2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find;
And lasting as the mind.
And yields a free repast;
Invite the longing taste.
To cheer the fainting mind,
And sweet refreshment find.
Spreads heavenly peace around,
Attend the blissful sound.
My ever-dear delight !
And still increasing light!
BEDDOME. Excellence of the Gospel. 1 GOD, in the gospel of his Son,
Makes his eternal counsels known; 'Tis here his richest mercy shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines. 2 Wisdom its dictates here imparts,
To form our minds, to cheer our hearts ;
inner live; It bids the drooping saint revive.
3 Our raging passions it controls,
And comfort yields to contrite souls ;
4 May this blest volume ever lie
Close to my heart and near my eye,
Watts. The Excellency of Scripture. Ps. 119. 1 LORD, I have made thy word my choice,
My lasting heritage;
My warmest thoughts engage. 2 I'll read the histories of thy love,
And keep thy laws in sight, While through the promises I rove
With ever-fresh delight. 3 'Tis a broad land of wealth unknown,
Where springs of life arise, Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,
And hidden glory lies.
It makes our sorrows blest,
And our eternal rest.
God's Word most excellent. Ps. 19.
1 BEHOLD, the morning sun
Begins his glorious way;
And life and light convey. 2 But where the gospel comes,
It spreads diviner light;
And gives the blind their sight. 3 How perfect is thy word !
And all thy judgments just!
And men securely trust.
4 My gracious God, how plain
Are thy directions given !
But find the path to heaven!
5 I hear thy word with love,
And I would fain obey;
To guide me lest I stray.
I spread thy praise abroad,
My Savior and my God.