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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 !
A blast, loud rushing through the sky,

Gave notice that the Lord was nigh. 3 And then the Holy Spirit came,

In form of fast-descending flame,
And rested on the assembled choir,

Like cloven tongues of living fire. 4 And those bright flames, thus gently shed

On each apostle's hallowed head,
Within their hearts and senses pour

A life and strength unknown before. 5 Amazed the Gentiles stand around,

And listen to the varied sound;
Each hears the gospel's glad command
In accents of his native land.

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SECTION II.

THE SCRIPTURES.

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Watts.
Prophecy and Inspiration.
1 'TWAS by an order from the Lord

The ancient prophets spoke his word ;
His Spirit did their tongues inspire,

And warmed their hearts with heavenly fire. 2 The works and wonders which they wrought

Confirmed the messages they brought ;
The prophet's pen succeeds his breath

To save the holy words from death. 3 Let the false raptures of the mind

Be lost and vanish in the wind;
Here I can fix my hope secure;
This is thy word, and must endure.

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MRS. STEELE.
The Excellency of the Holy Scriptures.
1 FATHER of mercies, in thy word

What endless glory shines !
Forever be thy name adored,

For these celestial lines.

-2 Here may the wretched sons of want

Exhaustless riches find;
Riches, above what earth can grant,

And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,

And yields a free repast;
Sublimer sweets than nature knows

Invite the longing taste.
4 Here springs of consolation rise,

To cheer the fainting mind,
And thirsty souls receive supplies,

And sweet refreshment find.
5 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice

Spreads heavenly peace around,
And life and everlasting joys

Attend the blissful sound.
6 0, may these heavenly pages be

My ever-dear delight !
And still new beauties may I see,

And still increasing light!

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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 ;
Its influence makes the

inner live; It bids the drooping saint revive.

3 Our raging passions it controls,

And comfort yields to contrite souls ;
It brings a better world in view,
And guides us all our journey through.

4 May this blest volume ever lie

Close to my heart and near my eye,
Till life's last hour my soul engage,
And be my chosen heritage.

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Watts. The Excellency of Scripture. Ps. 119. 1 LORD, I have made thy word my choice,

My lasting heritage;
There shall my noblest powers rejoice,

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.
4 The best relief that mourners have,

It makes our sorrows blest,
Our fairest hope beyond the grave,

And our eternal rest.

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WATTS.

God's Word most excellent. Ps. 19.

1 BEHOLD, the morning sun

Begins his glorious way;
His beams through all the nations run,

And life and light convey. 2 But where the gospel comes,

It spreads diviner light;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,

And gives the blind their sight. 3 How perfect is thy word !

And all thy judgments just!
Forever sure thy promise, Lord,

And men securely trust.

4 My gracious God, how plain

Are thy directions given !
O, may I never read in vain,

But find the path to heaven!

5 I hear thy word with love,

And I would fain obey;
Send thy good Spirit from above,

To guide me lest I stray.
6 While with my heart and tongue

I spread thy praise abroad,
Accept the worship and the song,

My Savior and my God.

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