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Scott. “ Ask and ye shall receive.” Matt. vii. 7. 1 OUR Father, throned above the sky,
To thee our empty hands we spread ; Thy children at thy footstool lie,
And ask thy blessings on their head. 2 With cheerful hope and filial fear,
In that august and precious name By thee ordained, we now draw near,
And would the promised blessing claim. 3 Does not an earthly parent hear
The cravings of his famished son? Will he reject the filial prayer,
Or mock him with a cake of stone ? 4 Our heavenly Father, how much more
Will thy divine compassion rise, And open thine unbounded store
To satisfy thy children's cries ! 5 Yes, we will ask, and seek, and press
For gracious audience to thy seat; Still hoping, waiting, for success,
If persevering to entreat ;6 For Jesus, in his faithful word,
The patient supplicant has blessed ; And all thy saints, with one accord,
The prevalence of prayer attest.
BRYANT. Imploring the Compassion of God. 1 O GOD, whose dread and dazzling brow
Love never yet forsook,
In deep compassion look ;-
Is in thy holy sight,
From the plain way of right.
And kind to all that live,
Art ready to forgive.
Our truest bliss to find,
So feeble and so blind.
ANONYMOUS. Close of the Evening Service. 1 SOON will our fleeting hours be past,
And, as the setting sun
Our parting beams be gone.
Our sacred rites attend,
3 And, as the rapid sands run down,
Our virtue still improve;
Of never-fading love.
1 HOLY, holy, holy Lord,
Be thy glorious name adored ;
Hail, celestial Goodness, hail !
Deign our humble songs to hear ;
When around thy throne we sing.
Guide our footsteps in thy way;
DODDRIDGE. The Christian Farewell. 1 THY presence, everlasting God,
Wide o'er all nature spreads abroad;
In every place thy children keep. 2 While near each other we remain,
Thou dost our lives and souls sustain ;
3 To thee we all our ways commit,
And seek our comforts near thy feet;
And guard and guide us still as thine. 4 Give us in thy beloved house
Again to pay our grateful vows;
C. M. CHRISTIAN PSALMIST. The good Seed. After Sermon. 1 ALMIGHTY God, thy word is cast
Like seed into the ground;
And righteous fruits abound.
This holy seed remove;
To bring forth fruits of love.
The rising plant destroy ;
The fruits of peace and joy.
To raise us to thy throne,
That we reject thy Son.
Thy quickening grace bestow,
Its saving power may know.
Bishop HEBER. The Seed of the Word. 1 O GOD), by whom the seed is given,
By whom the harvest blest; Whose word, like manna showered from heaven,
Is planted in our breast; 2 Preserve it from the passing feet,
And plunderers of the air; The sultry sun's intenser heat,
And weeds of worldly care.
Do thou thy grace supply;
Shall ripen in the sky.
RIPPON S COL.
The Seed sown.
1 NOW, Lord, the heavenly seed is sown,
Be it thy servants' care
By humble, fervent prayer.
And water, too, in vain ;
Send down thy heavenly rain.
Begin this song divine: “Thou, Lord, hast given the rich increase,
And be the glory thine.”