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2 Permit them to approach, he cries,

Nor scorn their humble name;
For 'twas to bless such souls as these

The Lord of angels came. 3. We bring them, Lord, in thankful hands,

And yield them up to thee; Joyful that we ourselves are thine,

Thine let our offspring be. 257

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God's gracious promises.
UR children thou dost claim,

O Lord our God, as thine :
Ten thousand blessings to thy Name,

For goodness so divine.
2 Thee let the fathers own,

Thee let the sons adore ;
Join'd to the Lord in solemn vows,

To be forgot no more.
3 How great thy mercies, Lord !

How plenteous is thy grace, Which, in the promise of thy love,

Includes our rising race.
4 Our offspring, still thy care,

Shall own their father's God;
To latest times thy blessings share,

And sound thy praise abroad. 258

5th P. M. 4 lines 78. Little ones brought to Jesus. CESUS, kind, inviting Lord,

We with joy obey thy word,
And in earliest infancy
Bring our little ones to thee.
2 Born they are, as we, in sin;
Make the unconscious lepers clean;
Purchase of thy blood they are,-
Let them in thy glory share.

JESI

GOD

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1st P. M. 6 lines 8s. The Spirit's hallowing seal. 10D of eternal truth and love,

Vouchsafe the promised aid we claim, Thine own great ordinance approve;

The child, baptized into thy name,
Partaker of thy nature make,
And give him all thine image back.
2 Father, if such thy sov'reign will,

If Jesus did the rite enjoin,
Annex thy hallwing Spirit's seal,

And let thy grace attend the sign:
The seed of endless life impart;
Take for thine own this infant's heart.
3 Answer on him thy wisdom's end,

In present and eternal good;
Whate'er thou didst for man intend,

Whate'er thou hast on man bestow'd, Now to this favour'd child be given, Pardon, and holiness, and heaven.

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A blessing on the ordinance.
GREAT. God, now condescend
Soon may their willing spirits bend,

The subjects of thy grace. 2 O what a pure delight

Their happiness to see;
Our warmest wishes all unite,

To lead their souls to thee.
3 Now bless, thou God of love,

This ordinance divine ;
Send thy good Spirit from above,

And make these children thine.

BEJO

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Children in the arms of Jesus.
EHOLD what condescending love

Jesus on earth displays ! -
To babes and sucklings he extends

The riches of his grace.
2 He still the ancient promise keeps,

To our forefathers given;
Young children in his arms he takes,

And calls them heirs of heaven.
3 Forbid them not, whom Jesus calls,

Nor dare the claim resist, Since his own lips to us declare

Of such will heaven consist. 4 With flowing tears, and thankful hearts,

We give them up to thee;
Receive them, Lord, into thine arms;

Thine may they ever be. 262

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Baptized into His death.
ESUS, we lift our souls to thee;

Thy Holy Spirit breathe,
And let this little infant be

Baptized into thy death.
2 O let thine unction on him rest,

Thy grace his soul renew,
And write within his tender breast

Thy name and nature too. 3 If thou shouldst quickly end his days,

His place with thee prepare ; And if thou lengthen out his race,

Continue still thy care. 4 Thy faithful servant let him prove,

Begirt with truth divine ; A sharer in thy dying love,

A follower of thine.

THE LORD'S SUPPER.

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Its institution.
N that sad, memorable night,

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He left his death-recording rite:

He took, and blest, and brake the bread; And gave his own their last bequest, And thus his love's intent express'd :2 Take, eat, this is my body, given

To purchase life and peace for you, —
Pardon, and holiness, and heaven:

Do this, my dying love to show :
Accept your precious legacy,
And thus, my friends, remember me.
3 He took into his hands the cup,

To crown the sacramental feast,
And, full of kind concern, look'd up,

And gave to them what he had blest:
And,-Drink ye all of this, he said,
In solemn mem'ry of the dead.
4 This is my blood, which seals the new

Eternal cov'nant of my grace:
My blood, so freely shed for you,
For
you

and all the sinful race:
My blood, that speaks your sins forgiven,
And justifies your claim to heaven.

THAT

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Its design.
THAT doleful night before his death,

The Lamb, for sinners slain,
Did, almost with his dying breath,

This solemn feast ordain.

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2 To keep the feast, Lord, we have met,.

And to remember thee:
Help each poor trembler to repeat,

For me he died, for me!
3 Thy sufførings, Lord, each sacred sign

To our remembrance brings:
We eat the bread, and drink the wine,

But think on nobler things.
4 O tune our tongues, and set in frame

Each heart that pants for thee, To sing,–Hosanna to the Lamb,

The Lamb that died for me!

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Approaching the table.

JESUS, at whose supreme command,

Before us in thy vesture stand,

Thy vesture dipp'd in blood. 2 Now, Saviour, now thyself reveal,

And make thy nature known; Affix thy blessed Spirit's seal,

And stamp us for thine own.
3 The tokens of thy dying love,

O let us all receive,
And feel the quick’ning Spirit move,

And sensibly believe.
4 The cup of blessing, blest by thee,

Let it thy blood impart;
The bread thy mystic body be,

To cheer each languid heart.
5 The living bread sent down from heaven,

In us vouchsafe to be:
Thy flesh for all the world is given,

And all may live by thee.

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