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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.

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BRYANT. Imploring the Compassion of God. 1 O GOD, whose dread and dazzling brow

Love never yet forsook,
On those who seek thy presence now,

In deep compassion look ;-
2 For many a frail and erring heart

Is in thy holy sight,
And feet too willing to depart

From the plain way of right.
3 Yet, pleased the humble prayer to hear,

And kind to all that live,
Thou, when thou seest the contrite tear,

Art ready to forgive.
4 Lord, aid us with thy heavenly grace

Our truest bliss to find,
Nor sternly judge our erring race,

So feeble and so blind.

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ANONYMOUS. Close of the Evening Service. 1 SOON will our fleeting hours be past,

And, as the setting sun
Now leaves the clouds in yonder west,

Our parting beams be gone.
2 May He, from whom all blessings flow,

Our sacred rites attend,
Unite our hearts in wisdom's ways,
Till life's short journey end, —

3 And, as the rapid sands run down,

Our virtue still improve;
Till each receives the glorious crown

Of never-fading love.

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SALISBURY COL.

Humble Adoration.

1 HOLY, holy, holy Lord,

Be thy glorious name adored ;
Lord, thy mercies never fail ;

Hail, celestial Goodness, hail !
2 Though unworthy, Lord, thine ear,

Deign our humble songs to hear ;
Purer praise we hope to bring,

When around thy throne we sing.
3 While on earth ordained to stay,

Guide our footsteps in thy way;
Then on high we'll joyful raise
Songs of everlasting praise.

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DODDRIDGE. The Christian Farewell. 1 THY presence, everlasting God,

Wide o'er all nature spreads abroad;
Thy watchful eyes, which cannot sleep,

In every place thy children keep. 2 While near each other we remain,

Thou dost our lives and souls sustain ;
When absent, happy if we share
Thy smiles, thy counsels, and thy care.

3 To thee we all our ways commit,

And seek our comforts near thy feet;
Still on our souls vouchsafe to shine,

And guard and guide us still as thine. 4 Give us in thy beloved house

Again to pay our grateful vows;
Or, if that joy no more be known,
Give us to meet around thy throne.

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C. M. CHRISTIAN PSALMIST. The good Seed. After Sermon. 1 ALMIGHTY God, thy word is cast

Like seed into the ground;
Now let the dew of heaven descend,

And righteous fruits abound.
2 Let not the foe of Christ and man

This holy seed remove;
But give it root in every heart

To bring forth fruits of love.
3 Let not the world's deceitful cares

The rising plant destroy ;
But let it yield, a hundred fold,

The fruits of peace and joy.
4 Nor let thy word, so kindly sent

To raise us to thy throne,
Return to thee, and sadly tell

That we reject thy Son.
5 Oft as the precious seed is sown,

Thy quickening grace bestow,
That all whose souls the truth receive,

Its saving power may know.

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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.
3 Though buried deep, or thinly strown,

Do thou thy grace supply;
The hope in earthly furrows sown

Shall ripen in the sky.

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The Seed sown.

1 NOW, Lord, the heavenly seed is sown,

Be it thy servants' care
Thy heavenly blessing to bring down,

By humble, fervent prayer.
2 In vain we plant without thine aid,

And water, too, in vain ;
Lord of the harvest, God of grace,

Send down thy heavenly rain.
3 Then shall our cheerful hearts and tongues

Begin this song divine: “Thou, Lord, hast given the rich increase,

And be the glory thine.”

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