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3 Saviour! breathe this benediction

O’er our spirits while we pray;
Let us part in sweet conviction

Thou hast blessed our souls to-day.

C. M.



God's Guidance.

1 In paths unknown God leads us on

To his divine abode,
And shows new miracles of

Through all the heavenly road.

, The ways, all rugged and perplexed,

He renders smooth and straight, And strengthens every feeble knee

To march to Zion's gate.

3 Through all the paths I 'll sing his name,

Till I the mount ascend,
Where toils and storms are known no more,

And anthems never end.

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Hymn at Parting.

Hec 31, és | As the sun's enlivening eye

Shines on every place the same,
So the Lord is always nigh
To the souls that love his name.

2. When they move at duty's call,
He is with them by the way;
He is ever with them all,
Those who go and those who stay.

3 From his holy mercy-seat

Nothing can their souls conline;
Still in spirit may they meet,
And in sweet communion join.

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C. ROBBINS. Close of Worship. Evening. i Lo! the day of rest declineth ;

Gather fast the shades of night; May the Sun that ever shineth,

Fill our souls with heavenly light.

9 Softly now the dew is falling;

Peace o'er all the scene is spread; On his children, meekly calling,

Purer influence God will shed.

3 While, thine ear of love addressing,

Thus our parting hymn we sing, Father, give thine evening blessing;

Fold us safe beneath thy wing.

L. M.



Close of Worship. Evening.

While now, upon this Sabbath eve, Thy house, Almighty God, we leave, 'Tis sweet, as sinks the setting sun, To think on all our duties done.


O evermore may all our bliss
Be peaceful, pure, divine, like this;
And may each Sabbath, as it flies,
Fit us for joy beyond the skies.

L. M.


Sunday Evening.
1 Millions within thy courts have been;

Millions this day have bent the knee;
But thou, soul-searching God! hast seen
The hearts of all that worshipped thee.

2 Still, as the light of inorning broke

O'er island, continent, or deep,
Thy far-spread family awoke,
Sabbath all round the world to keep.

3 From east to west, the sun surveyed,

From north to south, adoring throngs;
And still, where evening stretched her shade,
The stars came forth to hear their songs.

4 And not a prayer, a tear, a sigh,

Hath failed this day some suit to gain;
To those in trouble thou wert nigh;
Not one hath sought thy face in vain.

6 Yet one prayer more;- and be it one

In which both heaven and earth accord :
Fulfil thy promise to thy Son;
Let all that breathe call Jesus Lord!



P. M.



The Pilgrim Fathers.

1 The breaking waves dashed high

On a stern and rock-bound coast,
And the woods against a stormy sky
Their giant branches tossed ;
And the heavy night hung dark,
The hills and waters o'er,
When a band of exiles moored their bark
On the wild New England shore.


Not as the conqueror comes,
They the true-hearted, came;
Not with the roll of the stirring drums,
And the trumpet that sings of fame;
Not as the flying come,
In silence and in fear;
They shook the depths of the desert gloom
With their hymns of lofty cheer.


Amidst the storm they sang,
And the stars heard, and the sea !

And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang
To the anthem of the free.
The ocean eagle soared
From his nest by the white wave's foam,
And the rocking pines of the forest roared,
This was their welcome home.

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What sought they thus afar ?
Bright jewels of the mine?
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war ? -
They sought a faith's pure shrine !
Ay, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod!
They have left unstained what there they found, -
Freedom to worship God.

L. M.



Our Forefathers.

1 WHEN, driven by oppression's rod,

Our fathers fled beyond the sea,
Their care was first to honor God,
And next to leave their children free.

2 Above the forest's gloomy shade

The altar and the school appeared ;
On that the gifts of faith were laid,
In this their precious hopes were reared.

3 Armed with intelligence and zeal,

Their sons shook off the tyrant's chain,
The rights of freemen quick to feel,
And nobly daring to maintain.

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