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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,
I wish for pinions like the dove;
And mourn to think that I should be
So distant from the place I love.

2 A captive here, and far from home,
For Zion's sacred courts I sigh:
Thither the ransom'd nations come,
And see the SAVIOUR eye to eye.
3 While here, I walk on hostile ground;
The few that I can call my friends
Are, like myself, with fetters bound,
And weariness our steps attends.

4 But yet we shall behold the day
When Zion's children shall return:
Our sorrows then shall flee away,
And we shall never, never mourn.


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,
JEHOVAH claims them for his own;
His cause and their's the same;
He sav'd them from the tyrant's hand;
Allots to them a pleasant land,
And calls them by his name,

2 0! Israel, who is like to thee?
A people sav'd, and call'd to be
Peculiar to the Lord!

Thy shield! he guards thee from the foe;
Thy sword! he fights thy battle too;
Himself thy great reward!

3 Fear not, though many should oppose,
For GoD is stronger than thy foes,
And makes thy cause his own:
The promis'd land before thee lies,
Go, and possess the glorious prize,
Reserv'd for thee alone.

4 In glory there the King appears,
He wipes away his people's tears,

And makes their sorrows cease:
From toil and strife they there repose,
And dwell secure from all their foes,
In everlasting peace.

5 [Sweet hope! it makes the coward brave;
It makes a freeman of the slave,
And bids the sluggard rise:
It lifts a worm of earth on high;
Provides him wings, and makes him fly
To mansions in the skies.]


* 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"
Zion's children cry aloud:
See their numbers how they swell,
How they gather like a cloud :
Go and tell the joyful story:
'Tis the day of Zion's glory.

2 O how bright the morning seems!
Brighter from so dark a night:
Zion is like one that dreams,

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:
Zion of her Goo befriended.

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
Does his successive journies run :
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

2 To him shall endless pray'r be made,
And princes throng to crown his head:
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise,
With ev'ry morning sacrifice.

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,
Death and the curse are known no more:
In him the tribes of Adam boast
More blessings than their father lost.
6 Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honours to our King:
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen!

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,
Ye tribes of ev'ry tongue;

His new-discover'd grace demands
A new and nobler


2 Say to the nations-JESUS reigns,
GOD's own Almighty Son;
His pow'r the sinking world sustains,
And grace surrounds his throne.

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