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HYMN 166.


1 TO thee let my first off'rings rise,
Whose sun creates the day,

Swift as his gladd`ning influence flies,
And spotless as his ray.

2 This day thy fav'ring hand be nigh,
So oft vouchsaf'd before;

Still may it lead, protect, supply,
And I that hand adore.

3 If bliss thy Providence impart,
For which, resign'd, I pray,
Give me to feel a cheerful heart,
And grateful homage pay.

4 Affliction should thy love intend,
As vice or folly's cure,
Patient to gain that gracious end,
May I the means endure.

5 Be this and ev'ry future day
Still wiser than the past,
And when I all my life survey,
May grace sustain at last.

HYMN 167.


1 NOW the shades of night are gone;
Now the morning light is come;
Lord, may we be thine to day;
Drive the shades of sin away.
2 Fill our souls with heav'nly light,
Banish doubt and clear our sight;
In thy service, Lord, to-day,
May we labour, watch and pray.

3 Keep our haughty passions bound;
Save us from our foes around;
Going out and coming in
Keep us safe from ev'ry sin.

4 When our work of life is past,
O receive us then at last;
Night and sin will be no more,
When we reach the heav'nly shore.

HYMN 168.

Evening Hymn.

1 GLORY to thee, my God, this night, For all the blessings of the light:

(C. M.)

(IIL 1)

(L. M.)

Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Under thine own Almighty wings.

5 Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
The ills that I this day have done;
That with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

3 Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed;
Teach me to die, that so I may
Triumphing rise at the last day.
4 O may my soul on thee repose,

And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close:
Sleep, that may me more vig'rous make,
To serve my God, when I awake.

5 When in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heav'nly thoughts supply:
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
No pow'rs of darkness me molest.

6 Oh! when shall I, in endless day,
For ever chase dark sleep away,
And hymns divine with angels sing,
Glory to thee, eternal King!

7 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, y' angelic host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

HYMN 169.


1 GREAT God! to thee my ev❜ning song
With humble gratitude I raise:

O let thy mercy tune my tongue,
And fill my heart with lively praise.

2 My days unclouded as they pass,
And ev'ry onward rolling hour,
Are monuments of wondrous grace,
And witness to thy love and pow'r.
3 And yet this thoughtless, wretched heart,
Too oft regardless of thy love,
Ungrateful, can from thee depart,
And from the path of duty rove.

4 Seal my forgiveness in the blood
Of Christ, my Lord; his name alone
I plead for pardon, gracious God,
And kind acceptance at thy throne.

(L. M.)

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3 Soon, for me, the light of day Shall for ever pass away;

Then, from sin and sorrow free, Take me, Lord, to dwell with thee! 4 Thou who, sinless, yet hast known All of man's infirmity;

Then, from thine eternal throne,

Jesus, look with pitying eye.

HYMN 173.

(IV. 2)


1 INSPIRER and hearer of pray'r,

Thou shepherd and guardian of thine,
My all to thy covenant care

I, sleeping or waking, resign.

2 If thou art my shield and my sun, The night is no darkness to me; And, fast as my minutes roll on, They bring me but nearer to thee. 3 A sov'reign protector I have,

Unseen, yet for ever at hand;
Unchangeably faithful to save,

Almighty to rule and command.
4 His smiles and his comforts abound,
His grace, as the dew, shall descend,
And walls of salvation surround

The soul he delights to defend.


HYMN 174.

Renouncing the World.

1 LET worldly minds the world pursue,

It has no charms for me;

Once I admir'd its follies too,

But grace has set me free.

2 Those follies now no longer please,
No more delight afford;

Far from my heart be joys like these,
Now I have known the Lord.

3 As by the light of op'ning day
The stars are all conceal'd,
So earthly pleasures fade away
When Jesus is reveal'd.

4 Creatures no more divide my choice,
I bid them all depart;

(C. M.

His name, and love, and gracious voice
Shall fix my roving heart.

5 Now, Lord, I would be thine alone,
And wholly live to thee;
Yet worthless still, myself I own,
Thy worth is all my plea.

HYMN 175.

Not ashamed of Christ.

1 JESUS! and shall it ever be,

A mortal man asham'd of thee!

Asham'd of thee, whom angels praise,
Whose glories shine through endless days!

2 Asham'd of Jesus! sooner far

Let night disown each radiant star;
'Tis midnight with my soul, till he,
Bright morning Star, bid darkness flee.

3 Asham'd of Jesus! O, as soon
Let morning blush to own the sun;
He sheds the beams of light divine
O'er this benighted soul of mine.

4 Asham'd of Jesus! that dear friend

On whom my hopes of heav'n depend:
No; when I blush, be this my shame,
That I no more revere his name.

5 Asham'd of Jesus! empty pride;
I'll boast a Saviour crucifi'd;
And, O, may this my portion be,
My Saviour not asham'd of me!

HYMN 176.

Prayer for Christian Graces.

1 JESUS, my strength, my hope,

On thee I cast my care,

With humble confidence look up,

And know thou hear'st my pray❜r:

Give me on thee to wait, Till I can all things do; On thee, almighty to create, Almighty to renew.

2 I want a sober mind,

A self-renouncing will,

That tramples down and casts behind,
The baits of pleasing ill:


(S. M.)

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