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On Sharon's fertile plains, once shone

The glory, pure and bright:
2 From thence its mild and cheering ray

Stream'd forth from land to land;
And empires now behold its day;

And still its beams expand.
3 Its brightest splendours, darting west,

Our happy shores illume;
Our farther regions, once unblest,

Now like a garden bloom :
4 But ah! our deserts deep and wild

See not this heav'nly light;
No sacred beams, no radiance mild,

Dispel their dreary night.
5 Thou, who didst lighten Zion's hill,

On Carmel who didst shine,
Our deserts let thy glory fill,

Thy excellence divine !
6 Like Lebanon, in tow'ring pride,

May all our forests smile;
And may our borders blossom wide,

Like Sharon's fruitful soil.

HYMN 107.

(11. 6.) 1

FROM Greenland's icy, mountains,
Where Afric's sunny fountains

Roll down their golden sand;
From many an ancient river,

From many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver

Their land from error's chain.
2 What though the spicy breezes

Blow soft o'er Ceylon's Isle;
Though ev'ry prospect pleases,

And only man is vile:
In vain with lavish kindness

The gifts of God are strewn;
The Heathen in his blindness

Bows down to wood and stone.
3 Shall we, whose souls are lighted

With wisdom from on high,

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Shall we, to men benighted

The lamp of life deny ?
Salvation ! oh, Salvation !

The joyful sound proclaim,
Till each remotest nation

Has learnt Messiah's name!
4 Waft, waft, ye winds, his story,

And you, ye waters, roll,
Till, like a sea of glory,

It spreads from pole to pole;
Till o'er our ransom'd nature

The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,
In bliss returns to reign.
HYMN 108.

(L. M.) For the Jews. 1 DIS

ISOWN'D of heav'n, by man opprest,

Outcasts from Zion's hallow'd ground, Wherefore should Israel's sons, once blest,

Still roam the scorning world around? 2 Lord ! visit thy forsaken race,

Back to thy fold the wand'rers bring; Teach them to seek thy slighted grace,

And hail in Christ their promis'd King. 3 The veil of darkness rend in twain

Which hides their Shiloh's glorious light; The sever'd olive branch again

Firm to its parent stock unite. 4 Hail, glorious day, expected long !

When Jew and Greek one pray’r shall pour; With eager feet one temple throng, With grateful praise one God adore. HYMN 109.

(iv. 1.)
1 OW wondrous and great

Thy works, God of praise !
How just, King of saints,

And true, are thy ways !
Oh! who shall not fear thee,

And honour thy name!

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Thou only art holy,

Thou only supreme!
2 To nations long dark

Thy light shall be shown;
Their worship and vows

Shall come to thy throne:
Thy truth and thy judgments

Shall spread all abroad,
Till earth's ev'ry people

Confess thee their God.
HYMN 110.


1 YOME let our voices join,

In one glad song of praise;
To God, the God of love,
Our grateful hearts we raise:

To God alone your praise belongs;
His love demands your earliest songs.

2 Now we are taught to read

The book of life divine;
Where our Redeemer's love,
And brightest glories shine:

To God alone the praise is due,
Who sends his word to us and

3 Within these hallow'd walls,

Our wand'ring feet are brought;
Where pray'r and praise ascend,
And heav'nly truths are taught:

To God alone your offrings bring;
Here in his church his praises sing.

4 For blessings such as these,

Our gratitude receive;

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Lord, here accept our hearts,
'Tis all that we can give:

Great God, accept their infant songs;
To thee alone their praise belongs.

5 Lord, bid this work of love

Be crown'd with meet success;
May thousands yet unborn,

This institution bless :
Thus shall the praise resound to thee,
Now, and through all eternity.

HYMN 111. (111. 1.) 1 LORY to the Father give,

God in whom we move and live;
Children's pray’rs he deigns to hear,

Children's songs delight his ear. 2 Glory to the Son we bring,

Christ our Prophet, Priest, and King;
Children, raise your sweetest strain

To the Lamb, for he was slain. 3 Glory to the Holy Ghost,

He reclaims the sinner lost;
Children's minds may he inspire,

Touch their tongues with holy fire. 4 Glory in the highest be

To the blessed Trinity,
For the Gospel from above,
For the word that “ God is love."
HYMN 112.

(c. m.) 1 HEN Jesus left his heav'nly throne,

He chose an humble birth; Like us unhonour'd and unknown,

He came to dwell on earth :
2 Like him, may we be found below

In wisdom's paths of peace;
Like him, in grace and knowledge grow

As years and strength increase.
3 Sweet were his words and kind his look,

When mothers round him press'd;


Their infants in his arms he took,

And on his bosom bless'd :
4 Safe from the world's alluring harms,

Beneath his watchful eye,
0, thus encircled in his arms,
May we for ever lie!

HYMN 113.
1 ORD, how delightful 'tis to see

(L. M.)


At once they sing, at once they prayi

They hear of heav'n, and learn the way.
2 I have been there, and still would go,

'Tis like a little heav'n below;
Not all that earth and sin can say,

Shall tempt me to forget this day.
30 write upon my mem’ry, Lord,

The text and doctrine of thy word;
That I may break thy laws no more,

But love thee better than before.
4 With thoughts of Christ and things divine,

Fill up this sinful heart of mine;
That hoping pardon through his blood,
may lie down and wake with God.
HYMN 114.

(c. m.) 1


O may each tender bosom move,

When mercy intercedes !
2 Children our kind protection claim,

And God will well approve,
When infants learn to lisp his name,

And their Creator love.
3 Delightful work! young souls to win,

And turn the rising race
From the deceitful paths of sin,

To seek their Saviour's face.
4 Almighty God! thine influence shed

To aid this blest design ;
The honour of thy name be spread,

And all the glory thine.



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