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5 Grant her to thee an ever free access, That cheerful to the mark she onward press;

And far and near, supported by thy aid, Extend thy knowledge, and thy gospel spread.

596.* T. 11.

LORD, with ev'ry needful grace
Bless thy church in ev'ry place;
Fill her with thy love divine,
And each member own as thine.

6 Thou know'st her wants, and comfort 2 Grant us all to feel thy peace,
dost impart
Set each troubled heart at ease;
Unto each needy, poor, and sin-sick Purify us by thy blood,


Yea, by thy body and thy precious blood Which hath brought us nigh to God. Thou giv'st to her an ever-strength'ning


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597. T. 185. GRACIOUS Saviour, bless thy congregation,

Richly all her wants supply;
Be our only joy and consolation,
Till we quit mortality:

Of each weight may we be more di


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LORD Jesus, with thy presence bless, By land and sea, thy witnesses; In ev'ry danger them defend, trial prove their Friend. 2 O may thy word in Christendom Be blest, and may thy kingdom come; May all thy ministers succeed In bringing fruit to thee their Head. 3 Preserve in constant love and peace, And thro' thy blessing, still increase Thy little flocks, which far and near [pray. In towns and villages appear.

60 may the children true obedience show,

And as

in years, in grace and knowledge grow.

7 Be thou the consolation, help and stay,

Of widowers and widows, Lord, we 4 Thy thoughts of peace o'er us fulfil, 8 Give unto all the needful gifts and grace,

[place. Yea, bless each soul thou hast in ev'ry

Incline our hearts to do thy will;
Thy gospel make more fully known,
May all the world thy goodness own.

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ATTEND, O Saviour, to our pray'r!
All things by thy appointment are;
The world O govern for the best!
The Lord of all thou art confest.

2 Thou who on earth the sick didst heal,
And to the poor thy love reveal,
O comfort by a look from thee
All who are now in misery.

3 Nearer and nearer draw us still;
Might all but know thy holy will:
Subdue all pride and stubbornness,
O Lord, by thy prevailing grace.
4 Preserve by thy most gracious aid
Those who have thee their Refuge

Grant that, in all things free from blame,
In meekness they may praise thy name.

601.* T. 97.
OFT as the church the blessings weighs
Deriv'd from Jesus' saving grace,
And ponders on his faithful care,
Which she each day doth richly share,
By love constrain'd, to pray she is inclin'd
For the prosperity of all mankind.

12 For all put in authority
We supplicate most fervently;
The magistrates thou hast ordain'd
Support by thy almighty hand,
In guarding church and state give
them success;

The land in which we live protect and

3 From strife and tumult, God of

Preserve us, bless the land with peace ;
May all men willingly obey
Rulers, ordain'd to bear the
And under their protection, grant that



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XXXI. Of the Christian Church in general, and the Brethren's Congregations in particular.

604. T. 167.

605.* T. 520.

GLORIOUS things of thee are PRAISE God for ever!


Zion, city of our God!

He whose words can ne'er be broken,
Form'd 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

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Ever flows their thirst t'assuage?
Grace, which like the Lord, the Giver,
Never fails from age to age.
3 Round each habitation hov'ring
See the cloud and fire appear!
For a glory and a cov'ring,

Showing that the Lord is near:
Thus deriving from their banner
Light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which he gives them when they pray.
5 Blest inhabitants of Zion,

Wash'd in the Redeemer's blood!
Jesus, whom their souls rely on,
Makes them kings and priests to God:
'Tis his love his people raises
Over self to reign as kings,
And as priests, his solemn praises
Each for a thank-off'ring brings.

5 Saviour, if of Zion's city

I thro' grace a member am;
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in thy name:
Fading is the worldling's pleasure,
All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure,

None but Zion's children know.

Boundless is his favor
To his church and chosen flock,
Founded on Christ the Rock,
His almighty Son;
On fair mount Zion,

By his Spirit, grace and word:
Blest city of the Lord!
Thou in spite of ev'ry pow'rful foe
Shalt unshaken stand, and prosp'ring

'Midst disgrace-to God's praise,
Both in love and unity,
To all eternity.

2 It plain appeareth,
As God's word declareth,
That the Lord his flock defends,
which ne'er ends;



As he was of old
With his chosen fold,

Thus his pow'r and faithfulness
We in the church may trace,
For our God his people still protects
And 'mongst them his righteous throne


Praises be-giv'n to thee,
Mighty God, Immanuel,
That thou with us wilt dwell!

Feeds his congregation
3 God our Salvation
With his word and sacrament;
All evil doth prevent,
That the weak and poor
Here may dwell secure;
Order is herein maintain'd
By discipline unstain'd,

And God's servants watch with faith-
ful care

O'er his flock, and offer fervent pray'r.
God our Lord-will afford
Righteousness, and joy, and peace,
Until the end of days.


T. 69.

10 Yea, his condition

HOW amiable

Thy habitations are! Wherein assemble

Thy christian people dear,

O Lord,-Thy praises to record. 2 My heart with fervor

And inward longing, pants Thy grace and favor

To tell there with thy saints, Boldly-The truth to testify. 3 For there thou choosest

To dwell, my living Tow'r; 'Sweet rest diffusest

From that place evermore,
Which thou-Ordained hast thereto.

4 There is asserted

The new birth spiritual;
Souls are converted

By thy pure gospel's call,
And there-In Christ's church grafted


5 For this I'm longing,
To be throughout my days
Thereto belonging,

Thy holy name to praise,
And thee To serve incessantly.

6 All-those are blessed

That come into thine house, With awe expressed,

Which deep conviction shows, And pray-And to thee homage pay. 7 Thou dost deliver

Thy church in all distress; Thou art our Saviour;

Whate'er may us oppress, Vict'ry-We may obtain thro' thee.

8 One day is better

Spent in the christian church, Thy praise to utter,

Than thousands spent in search Of joy In the broad worldly way.

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How splendid 'tis, O Lord,
Whom thou admission

Dost to thy church afford,
And so-The heav'nly kingdom too!
11 Thro' grace afford us,
Dear Lord, church-liberty,
To each good purpose,

That we our days employ
With care-Thy holy word to hear.

607. T. 161.

HIGHLY favor'd congregation,
Founded firm on Christ the Rock!
Own with thanks and adoration,

He's the Shepherd, we his flock;
He's our Saviour,-whose great favor
We've 'midst many trials proved,
We're unworthy, yet beloved,

2 Most who enter your blest borders
View with awe your Master's aim;
And your government and orders

Prompt them to revere his name.
Lord most holy!-may we truly
Prize our great predestination
In thy chosen congregation.

3 Think, my soul, how great the favor
In Jehovah's courts to dwell!

poor sinners meet their Saviour;
There the sin-sick souls grow well.
Was not Jesus-always gracious,
When we, conscious how we failed.
To his loving heart appealed?

4 Here by faith we're humbly eying
Our Redeemer on the cross;
We behold him bleeding, dying,

To gain endless bliss for us.
Here is ready for the needy,
Meat and drink at Jesus' table,
Which t'explain we are not able.
5 In thy family, O Jesus,

Love should more and more abound,
This thy word and Spirit teach us,
As its mark to all around.
May we learning-and discerning
Both thy doctrine and example,
Be in truth thy holy temple,

6 Grant that 'mongst thy chosen people
Each may serve thee evermore,
Foll'wing thee as thy disciple,
And in spirit thee adore,
Gracious Saviour-with heart's fervor;
May we walk as thine anointed,
In the path thou hast appointed.

608.* T 166.

UNFATHOM'D wisdom of our King!
In stillness he collects his flock,
Leads on, doth to perfection bring,
And ground it on himself, the Rock;
With little hurry, noise or show,
He safely guideth ev'ry soul;
No more the blinded world can do,
Than scorn and ridicule the whole.

2 Thy church, great Saviour, bought with blood,

Despis'd of men, but dear to thee,
Esteems thy cross a pleasant load,
An easy yoke, thrice happy she!
When, bearing thy reproach below,
She still partakes of thy free grace,
The grace thou richly dost bestow,
And which affliction's load outweighs.
3 Thou hast, with shepherd's faith-

Brought many souls to thy blest fold,
Made them partakers of thy grace,
Amongst thy foll'wers them enroll'd:
They yield thee pleasure and delight,
When they thy voice hear and obey,
And while they in thy love unite,
Thou guid'st them thro' life's narrow


4 We humbly pray, support the weak,
Support thy children by thy grace;
Thou know'st for thee a-thirst we seek,
Kind Master of thy chosen race!
We know thy faithfulness and love,
Thy mercy all our wants supplies;
May spirit, soul and body prove
To thee a pleasing sacrifice.

5 By thee protected, gracious Lord,
O may we ever live secure;
Led by thy Spirit, grace, and word,
Relying on thy cov❜nant sure;

Thy work O prosper and defend, We're feeble but confide in thee; Let thy true follwers to the end Amidst oppression conqu❜rors be.

609.* T. 22.

As long as Jesus Lord remains
Each day new rising glory gains,
With his church militant below!
It was, it is, and will be so

2 Our only stay is Jesus' grace,
In ev'ry time and ev'ry place;
And Jesus' blood-bought righteousness
Remains his church's glorious dress.

3 All self-dependence is but vain,
Christ doth our Corner-stone remain,
Our Rock, which will unshaken stay
When heav'n and earth are fled away.

4 The Spirit which anointed Christ,
By which th' apostles were baptiz'd,
Proceeding from the church's Head,
Is giv'n to us, and makes us glad.

5 That cause shall never suffer harm
Which rests on Jesus' mighty arm :
What men can do, we need not fear,
No foe shall even touch a hair.

6 For these our God hath number'd all,

Without his leave not one can fall:
If in the least he is so true,
What will he not in greater do?
7 He is and shall remain our Lord,
Our confidence is in his word:
And, while our Jesus reigns above,
His church will more than conqu❜ror

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