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Medford. Dedham 1 ETERNAL God, our wondering souls

Admire thy matchless grace;
That thou wilt walk-thal thou wilt dwel!

With Adam's sinful race.
2 Cheered with thy presence,

I can trace
The desert with delight:
Through all the gloom one'smile of thine

Can dissipate the night.
3 Nor shall I through eternal days

A restless pilgrim roam ;
Thy hand, that now directs my course,

Shall soon convey me home.
4 Joyful my spirit will consent

To drop its mortal load,
And hail the sharpest pangs of death,

That break its way to God. 393

Uxbridge. Danvers. 1 ARISE, my soul! on wings sublime,

Above the vanities of time;
Remove the parting vail--and see

The glories of eternity!
2 Born by a new, celestial birth,

Why should I grovel here on earth?
Why grasp at vain and fleeting toys,

So near to heaven's eternal joys?
3 Shall aught beguile me on the road,

While I am walking back to God?
Or can I love this earth so well

As not to long with God to dwell ?
4 To dwell with God !--to taste his love,

Is the full heaven enjoyed above;
The glorious expectation now

Is heavenly bliss begun below. 394

Hingham. Ward 1 WE’VE no abiding city here;

We seek a land beyond our sight;
Zion its name—the Lord is there;

It shines with everlasting light.
2 Oh! sweet abode of peace and love,

Where pilgrims, freed from toil, are blest!

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Had I the pinions of a dove,

I'd fly to thee-and be at rest.
pll 3 But hush, my soul-nor dare repine !

The time my God appoints is best:
While here, to do his will be mine,

And his to fix my time of rest.

8s, 78 & 4. Sicilian Hymn. Greenville. 395

God the Pilgrim's Guide and Strength. 1 GUIDE me, O thou great Jehovah,

Pilgrim through this barren land:
l am weak-but thou art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand;

Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.
2 Open now the crystal fountain,

Whence the healing streams do flow;
Let the fiery cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:

Strong Deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield.
3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,

Bid my anxious fears subside :
Bear me through the swelling current,
Land me safe on Canaan's side ;

Songs of praises
I will ever give to thee.

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Grafton. Medtield 396

Contemplation of Death and Glory.
1 MY soul, come, meditate the day,

And think how near it stands,
When thou must quit this house of clay,

And fly to unknown lands.
2 Oh! could we die with those who die,

And place us in their stead;
Then would our spirits learn to fly,

And converse with the dead :-
3 Then should we see the saints above

In their own glorious forms;
And wonder why our souls should love

To'dwell with mortal worms.
4 We should almost forsake our clay

Before the summons come,

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And pray, and wish our souls away
To their eternal home.
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Patmos. Judea. 397

Looking from Earth to Heaven.
mp 1 LET death dissolve my body now,

And bear my spirit home:
Why do my days move on so slow,

Nor my salvation come?
2 God has laid up in heaven for me

A crown which cannot fade;
The righteous Judge, at that great day,

Shall place it on my head.
3 Jesus, the Lord, shall guard me safe

From every ill design ;
And to his heavenly kingdom take

This feeble soul of niine.
4 God is my everlasting aid,

My portion-and my friend; f To him be highest glory paid,

Through ages without end. 398

C. M. Bedford. St. Martin's. 1 OH, could our thoughts and wishes fly,

Above these gloomy shades,
To those bright worlds beyond the sky,

Which sorrow ne'er invades!
2 There, joys unseen by mortal eyes,

Or reason's feeble ray,
In ever-blooming prospect rise,

Exposed to no decay.
3 Lord, send a beam of light divine,

To guide our upward aim!
With one reviving look of thine,

Our languid hearts inflame.
4 Oh then, on faith's sublimest wing,

Our ardent souls shall rise,
To those bright scenes, where pleasures spring,

Immortal in the skies. 399

C. M. Christmas. Warwick. 1 WHEN I can read my title clear

To mansions in the skies,
I bid farewell to every fear,

And wipe my weeping eyes.

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FII 2 Should earth against my soul engage,

And hellish darts be hurled,
Then I can smile at Satan's rage,

And face a frowning world.
3 Let cares, like a wild deluge, come,

And storms of sorrow fall;
May I but safely reach my home,

My God, my heaven, my all ;-
mp 4 There shall I bathe my weary soul

In seas of heavenly rest ;

And not a wave of trouble roll Len

Across my peaceful breast.

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Litchfield. Corinth.

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The heavenly Canaan.
1 THERE is a land of pure delight,

Where saints immortal reign ;
Eternal day excludes the night,

And pleasures banish pain.
2 There everlasting spring abides,

And never-fading flowers;
Death, like a narrow sea, divides

This heavenly land from ours.
3 Sweet fields, beyond the swelling flood,

Stand dressed in living green:
So to the Jews fair Canaan stood,

While Jordan rolled between.
4 But timorous mortals start and shrink,

To cross this narrow sea;
And linger, trembling, on the brink,

And fear to launch away.
5 Oh, could we make our doubts remove,

Those gloomy doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love

With unbeclouded eyes ;-
mf 6 Could we but climb where Moses stood,

And view the landscape o'er,
Not Jordan's stream-nor death's cold flood,

Should fright us from the shore. 401

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Stephens. Judea. 1 ON Jordan's stormy banks I stand,

And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan's fair and happy land,

Where my possessions lie.

2 Oh! joyful and transporting scene,

That rises to my sight!
Sweet fields arrayed in living green,

And rivers of delight!
3 O’er all those wide-extended plains

Shines one eternal day;
There, God the Son forever reigns,

And scatters night away.
4 No chilling winds-no poisonous breath,

Can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness and sorrow-pain and death

Are felt and feared no more.
5 When shall I reach that happy place,

And be forever blest ?
When shall I see my Father's face,
And in his bosom rest?

C. M. Nottingham. York 402

Rest from Sin and Trouble in Heaven.
1 OUR sins, alas! how strong they are!

And, like a raging flood,
They break our duty, Lord, to thee,

And force us from our God.
2 The waves of trouble, how they rise!

How loud the tempests roar
But death shall land our weary souls

Safe on the heavenly shore.
3 There, to fulfil his high commands

Our cheerful feet shall move;
No sin shall clog our active zeal,

Or cool our burning love.
4 There shall we ever sing and tell

The wonders of his grace,
Till heavenly raptures fire our hearts,

And smile in every face.
5 Forever his dear, sacred name

Shall dwell upon our tongue,
And Jesus and salvation be

The close of every song.
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Plsgala mf111 HEAD of the church triumphant,

We joyfully adore thee;
Till thou appear, thy members here,

Shall sing like those in glory,

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