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6 [The doubting, the fearful, the weak
are my care,
The helpless, the hopeless-I hear their sad prayer;
From all their afflictions my glory shall spring,
The deeper their sorrows, the louder they'll sing.]
214. The depressed state of the Church lamented. L.M.
O ZION, when I think on thee,
2 A captive here, and far from home,
4 But yet we shall behold the day
5 The hope that such a day will come, Makes e'en the captive's portion sweet: Tho' now we're distant far from home, In Zion soon we all shall meet.
215 The Excellency of the Church. 8-8-6.
For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo the people shall dwell alone.-NUMB. Xxiii. 9.
THE Sons of Israel stand alone,
2 0! Israel, who is like to thee?
Thy shield! he guards thee from the foe;
3 Fear not, though many should oppose,
4 In glory there the King appears,
And makes their sorrows cease:
5 [Sweet hope! it makes the coward brave;
* The Extension of the Church. 7-7-8.
The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. Then shalt thou say in thine heart, who hath begotten me these?-ISAIAH xlix. 20, 21.
"GIVE us room that we may dwell"
2 O how bright the morning seems!
Fill'd with wonder and delight:
* This and the Hymns to the end of the Section are appropriate to Missionary meetings.
Zion's night of grief is ended:
3 Zion, now arise and shine;
Lo! thy light from heav'n is come: These that crowd from far are thine: Give thy sons and daughters room. Sorrow from thy cup is taken; Thou shalt be no more forsaken. 4 Lo! thy sun goes down no more; God himself will be thy light: All that caus'd thee grief before, Buried lies in endless night. Earthly pomp is short and wasting, Thine is glory everlasting.
217. The Extension of the Church. L.M.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea: all nations shall serve him: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.-PSALM lxxii. 8, 11, 17.
JESUS shall reign where'er the sun
2 To him shall endless pray'r be made,
3 People and realms of ev'ry tongue
Dwell on his love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim, Their early blessings on his name. 4 Blessings abound where'er he reigns; The pris'ner leaps to lose his chains: The weary find eternal rest;
And all the sons of want are blest.
5 Where he displays his healing pow'r,
218. The Extension of the Church. C.M.
O sing unto the Lord all the earth, Sing unto the Lord, bless his name: show forth his salvation from day to day. PSALM xcvi. 1, 2.
SING to the Lord, ye distant lands,
His new-discover'd grace demands
2 Say to the nations-JESUS reigns,