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One only Being!

GOD of Three incorporate!

All Thy Creation

Thee with Praises celebrate!

FATHER! Exhaustless

Fountain of the Trinity!

SON, of the Father

Born, Supreme Divinity!

HOLY GHOST, flowing

From Them Both! All Uncreate,

Are One in Substance;

Naught Them can separate.

Threefold in Person,

In One Unity They meet: SON in the FATHER,

FATHER in the SON complete;

And Both for ever

In the HOLY GHOST abide,

In SON and FATHER

Which doth evermore reside.

None of These Persons

Is in degree Inferior;
None of Them Greater,

Or in Power Superior:
Three, like in Empire,
Co-equal in Majesty,
None aught the other

Excelleth in Dignity.

Maker of all things!

Living Father! Praise to Thee;

To the Redeemer,

Son of GOD, like Honour be!

And to the Spirit,

Who into our Hearts doth pour

Ardours Celestial,

Glory be for evermore.

Amen.'

From 'Lauda Syon.'

'I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER.' The Father in

Whom we are thus taught to believe, is the Father of GOD the Son. (Ephes. i. 3. Rom. xv. 6.) 'For as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself.' (St. John, v. 26.) Both the same life; Both in the same degree; as in the One, so in the Other; but with this difference-The Father giveth it, the Son receives it; the Father hath the Essence in Himself, the Son hath it by communication from the Father; and the Holy Ghost proceeds from Both.

He is also the Father of all Mankind by virtue of their Creation by Him. He is, in a more special manner, the Father of Christians, as having adopted them into His Family through the Merits of His Son Jesus Christ, Whose Members they were made at Holy Baptism. (2 Cor. vi. 18.)

Let us here consider how great the Love of GOD the Father is towards us; for 'He spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all,' (Rom. viii. 32.) to Redeem us from the curse of Sin, and to make us 'meet to be partakers of the Inheritance of the Saints in light.' (Col. i. 12.) He thus gave us the dearest He possessed! Can we, then, be unwilling to offer our souls and bodies to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto Him' Who has bestowed so much upon us !

Holy Scripture seems to delight in expressing in forcible language the tender Love and Merciful compassion of GOD the Father, drawing similitudes from the deepest affections of human nature to express the Infinity of His Love towards us. 'Like as a Father pitieth his own children, even so is the LORD merciful unto them that fear Him.' (Psalm ciii. 13.) 'Can a

woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.' (Isaiah, xlix. 15.) "They that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His Name. And they shall be Mine, saith the LORD of Hosts, in that day when I make up My Jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own Son that serveth him.' (Mal. iii. 16, 17.)

To perfect the Salvation of man, and to order all events for his final good, seems to be the unchanging purpose of all GOD's dispensations. It is Man's part and duty to acknowledge this, and to Trust with full Confidence in his Father's Boundless Power and Love. "His Faithfulness and Truth shall be thy Shield and Buckler.' (Psalm xci. 4.) 'How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O GOD! therefore the children of men put their Trust under the Shadow of Thy Wings.' (Psalm xxxvi. 7.)

These are words of support to the Faithful heart, more especially so when it considers that in Him, his GOD and Father, there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.' (James, i. 17.)

'Shall I not sing Praise to Thee,

Shall I not give Thanks, O LORD ?
Since for us in all I see

How Thou keepest watch and ward;
How the truest tenderest Love
Ever fills Thy heart, my GOD;
Helping, cheering on their road,
All who in Thy Service move.
All things else have but their day—
God's Love only lasts for aye!

As the eagle o'er her nest

Spreads her sheltering wings abroad, So from all that would molest

Doth Thine arm Defend me, Lord. From my youth up e'en till now, Of the being Thou didst give,

And the earthly Life I live, Faithful Guardian still art Thou. All things else have but their dayGod's Love only lasts for aye!

Nay, He kept not back His Son,

But hath given Him for our good;

And our safety He hath won
By the shedding of His Blood.
O Thou Fathomless abyss !

My weak powers but strive in vain Knowledge of Thy depths to gain! Man knows not of such Love as this! All things else have but their dayGod's Love only lasts for aye!

And His Spirit, Blessed Guide!

In His Holy Word doth teach How on earth we may abide

So that Heaven at last we reach!
Every longing heart doth fill

With the pure true Light of Faith,
That can break the bonds of Death,

And control the powers of ill.

All things else have but their day-
God's Love only lasts for aye!

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All things else have but their day—
God's Love only lasts for aye!

As a Father ne'er withdraws
From a Child his all of Love,
Though it often break his Laws,
Though it careless, wilful, prove:
Even so, my Loving LORD

Doth my faults with Pity see;
With His rod He chastens me,
Not avenging with His sword.
All things else have but their day-
God's Love only lasts for aye!

When His strokes upon me light,
Bitterly I feel their smart;
Yet they are, if seen aright,

Tokens that my Father's heart

Yearns to bring me back again

Through these crosses to His Fold,
From the World that fain would hold

Soul and Body in its chain.

All things else have but their day-
God's Love only lasts for aye!

All my Life I still have found,
And I will forget it never,
Every sorrow hath its bound,

And no cross endures for ever.
After all the winter's snows

Comes sweet summer back again;
Patient souls ne'er wait in vain,

Joy is given for all their woes.
All things else have but their day-
God's Love only lasts for aye!

Since, then, neither change nor end
In Thy Love can e'er have place,

Father, I beseech Thee, send

Unto me Thy Loving Grace;

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