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5 Lord Christ, I thank thee for thy grace,
HAPPY race-of witnesses !
Whom God's Spirit doth ordain Now seal me thine and be thou mine, To makeknown—what God hath done; That nought on earth me ever
Ye can only vict'ry gain From thy communion sever.
By that sacred cov'nant blood,
Which the fathers, bold in God, 6 'Tis here my needy soul is fed, Wrote in faith on ev'ry dvor, But not with food terrestrial ;
That the slayer might pass o’er.
2 Israel's seed-from slav'ry freed
Eat with joy their paschal Lamb; And at thy feet-my rest how sweet!
But the bride-of Christ, who dy'd Here may I have my station,
Her from bondage to redeem, A trophy of thy passion.
Hath another passover; 7 And when I once, of heav'nly bliss (There the shadow, substance here :)
And perfect love possessed, She enjoys the flesh and blood Shall see my Saviour, as he is, Of the slaughter'd Lamb of God.
The Lamb for ever blessed, 3 Here we now-most humbly bow, Still shall each breath-show forth his
Being met in Jesus' name,
Who for us -dy'd on the cross My voice shall swell the chorus,
Bearing our reproach and shame, To sing that song most glorious. 'Fore the Father, 'fore the Son,
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With the countless heav'nly host, IN that important, doleful night, And th' assembly of the just. 'In which our Saviour was betray'd,
4 Ere we taste—the rich repast, Before his suff'rings, he took bread,
Which he offers graciously, Bless'd it, and brake it, and then said: On our food,-his fesh and blood, “ Take, eat; this is my body giv'n
Feasting in the sanctuary, For you, and offer'd on the tree.
Ere the sacrament t' enjoy, Perform this ord'nance as I do,
We with awe to him draw nigh: And doing it, remember me.”
We in love and fellowship 2 Then after supper took the cup,
This communion love-feast keep. And having given thanks, he said : 5 Eat and rest-at this great feast; “'Tis the New Test'ment in
blood, Then to serve him freely go, The blood for
shed. As it is—for pilgrims fit, Take this, and drink
As disciples ought to do;
Shall the marriage-supper share, 3 Yes, Lord, we will remember thee, If we his true follwers are. We'll ne'er forget thy love divine: 6 Then will be-of ransom'd souls Thy cross we'll ever bear in mind, An innumerable throng: Which made thee ours, and made us “ Lamb, once slain,--to thee pertain thine.
Thanks and praise” will be their song, We thus commemorate thy death, « Hallelujah" will they cry Till thou shalt once again appear: Singing in sweet harmony, Meanwhile remember, gracious Lord, “ 'Midst all trials we o'ercame Us thy unworthy foll'wers here.
Only by thy blood, O Lamb!”
Once more to eat the paschal lamb That in the sacrament our Saviour With thy dear ftock ! O what love's fire Himself will unto his people give,
Did here thy sorr’wing soul inflame! We weep for joy and grief: Each precious word thy kindness For joy, that we're thus brought nigh showeth,
Afford to him in word and in demeanor; 2 Thy love is great beyond all measure, Yea, sometimes frustrate his gracious
Thence we derive eternal good; Thou grantest us, O what a treasure !
And purposes Thy holy body, and thy blood;
Ah, then in faith we sigh, Lord Jesus, was it not sufficient
And to our Saviour cry: That thou shouldst die for our offence, O that thy hand, for us once pierced But, out of love, thou ev'ry patient Wouldst heal, and make thy re- Might bless all of us now, sidence!
And give absolving grace:
Lord, leave with us thy peace! 3 O love divine ! how strong, how ar
dent! More strong than death! our life to
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DEAR Lord! this congregation Th’incarnate God, thro' love most fer
Is poor, despise her not; vent,
She's taken with thy passion, Was as a Lamb for sinners slain.
As were she on the spot, Love urg'd the sov'reign great Creator, When, earning her election,
'Fore whom the universe doth shake, By whom all things subsist in nature, That stirs up her affection,
Thy heart-strings broke in death; Once in the earth his grave to make!
And gives her life and breath.
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For shame she hides her face ; THAT doleful night before his death, and shouldst thou look for duty, The Lamb, for sinners slain,
Her only plea is grace: Did almost with his latest breath
Tho' we are poor
and needy. This solenın feast ordain.
Yet we're thy property; To keep thy feast, Lord, are we met, When we enjoy thy body And to remember thee :
And blood, how blest are we ! Help each poor sinner to repeat, « For me he dy'd, for me."
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And sweat the earth did cover,
Be now interr'd for ever;
That I may thine abide, That each may gratefully proclaim, And by thy holy flesh “ My Saviour dy'd for me !" And blood be sanctify’d.
He gave us his flesh to eat,
And to drink, his precious blood : O GLORY'D HEAD,
All who sick and needy are Since mortals may tread
May receive in him a share. The holiest of all,
3 Hither each afflicted soul And deeply abas'd 'fore the mercy-seat
May repair, tho' fill'd with grief; fall;
To the sick, not to the whole, 2 Admit us, we pray,
The Physician brings relief: On this solemn day,
Fear not, therefore, but draw nigh, To thee to draw nigh,
He will all your wants supply. And thy holy body and blood to enjoy. 4 He who in self-righteousness
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Hath not on a wedding dress, SUFFÖRING Saviour, Lamb of God,
And with shame is sent away: How hast thou been used !
To the hungry, weary heart, With God's sin-avenging rod
He will food and rest impart.
5 But examine first your case,
be in the faith; 2 We, for whom thou once wast slain,
Do you mourn for pard’ning grace? We, whose sins did pierce thee, Now commemorate thy pain,
Is your only hope his death?
Then, howe'er your souls opprest, And implore thy mercy.
Come, you are a worthy guest. 3 What can we poor
sinners do, 6 He who Jesus' mercy knows, When temptations seize us !
Is from wrath and envy freed; Nought have we to look unto
Love unto our neighbor shows But the blood of Jesus.
That we are his flock indeed : 4 Pardon all our sins, O Lord;
Thus we may in all our ways
Show forth our Redeemer's praise.
CHRIST was revealed in the flesh 5 O sustain us on the road Thro' this desert dreary;
To suffer death upon the shamefulcross; Feed us with thy flesh and blood
Now his holy body, for sinners given, When we're faint and weary. Is our souls' food, until we shall in 6 Bid us call to mind thy cross,
Adore his name. Our hard hearts to soften;
2 With thirsty souls we drink the saOften Saviour, feast us thus,
cred blood, For we need it often.
Which Aow'd from Jesus Christ, the
[tion, 738.* T. 581. To procure for sinners' complete salva. To avert from men God's wrath
When he became the full propitiation
For all our sins. Jesus suffer'd in our stead ; By an ignominious death
3 While we partake thereof in hum. He a full atonement made:
ble faith, And by his most precious blood
We show forth Jesus' sin-atoning death, Brought us sinners nigh to God.
And with deep abasement the congre
gation 2 That we never should forget Gives glory, honor, praise and adoraThis great love on us bestow'd, tion
Unto the Lamb.
Thou know'st thy destination
Is to abide in Christ by faith, THE holy bread which now we break, And to show forth our Saviour's death. сир
of which we all partake, Walk then as children of the light, Is the participation
Live to his praise by day and night;
Thine to remain :
“ This is my blood, for you’tis shed.” Lord, we draw near
741.* Thy table here With childlike fear :
Is that my dearest Brother, Dear Jesus, to our hearts appear,
(Saith one of low degree,) 2Mostholy Lord, thou know'stourwants, Who tho' the Father's equal And how each needy sinner pants
Became a man like me,
Aton'd for my transgressions -
2 Ye who believe on Jesus, o may tly blood, the stream of life,
And on account of sin Our thirst assuage, our souls revive.
Have mourn’d with pungent sorrow, Thou living Vine, each branch supply; Our svuls and bodies sanctify:
But now feel joy within,
What think ye, that to him on high, And grant that we
'Fore wbom ev'n John did tremble, Ab in thee
Ye dare approach so nigh ? Continually ; Yea, bear such fruit as pleaseth thee. 3 He show'rs his choicest blessings 3 O Lord, who dost thyself impart
This day upon each heart,
And thus to soul and body In mercy to each contrite heart,
Salvation doth impart. Enjoying the communion:
That blood which on the cross he shed Grant that we may be one in thee,
Our drink is, and his body
Is our true heav'nly bread.
The Lord's disciples think.
We with the heart believe it too, The boundless grace
And can with full assurance Thy love displays,
Declare it to be true. Which in the sacrament we trace.
5 In spirit we behold him 4 Now bless and praise the slaughter'd As dying in our stead; Lamb,
may approach with boldness Extol his saving Jesus' name,
To him in all our need. Thou favor'd congregation ! Th' enjoyment of this heav'nly feast Which at the table of our Lord
Make us, his congregation, Hast eat and drank with one accord';' In soul and body chaste.
In all our ways
6 Thou ransom'd church of Jesus, 4 How do I, with spirit's hunger, Increase in love and faith,
Lord, to taste thy goodness, linger! United to thy Saviour;
Oft 1 pant with inward sighing Be faithful unto death,
This blest food to be enjoying. And own him God for evermore,
5 O how crave I the fruition Who took our humari nature ;
Of thy blood, my soul's nutrition ! Him in the dust adore.
Since by sharing this communion,
I'm with God in closest union. TILL the hour shall come, with tears
6 Heav'nly joy and holy trembling
I feel in me, past dissembling;
For the food to which I'm bidden
Is a myst'ry deep and hidden.
7 Human reason is too shallow 2 He hath with a pledge of grace
In this wonder thee to follow, His dear flock supplied,
How thou hast unto us given Whereby his own witness race
Thy own flesh, the bread of heaven. Shows forth that he died.
8 How the blood which from thee 3 'Tis his body and his blood
flowed, Which the soul refreshes ;
Is in wine on us bestowed ;
O the wonders deep and blessed,
By God's Spirit here expressed ! 4 By this sacrament we are To our Lord united ;
9 Thy communion's celebration To due watchfulness and pray’r,
Bows me down to deep prostration;
May I never unprepared,
condemnation share it. 5 With deep rev'rence we draw nigh,
Falling down before thee; While we this repast enjoy,
COME, approach to Jesus' table, We with awe adore thee,
Taste that food incomparable, 6 Us thy congregation own,
Which to us is freely given, Let us taste thy favor,
As an antepast of heaven. And by faith recline, like John, 2 Jesus' bride, his congregation, On thy breast, dear Saviour. Calls to mind her Saviour's passion,
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With his blood refresh'd and cherish'd. SOUL, at this most awful season,
3 Far be
all carnal reason, Soar above thy scanty reason; At this awful blessed season; To the light approach, where clearest ; Slaughter'd Lamb! we now desire it Duly mind what dress thou wearest.
By thy love to be inspired. 2 Jesus, Lord of the creation,
4. This mysterious, heav'nly blessing Gives thee now an invitation, Is all thought by far surpassing ; His unbounded love revealing, Deeply bow'd may we adore thee, He'll take up in thee his dwelling. Soul and body sink before thee. 3 Hasten, as for brides is fitting, 5 Now is come our time sabbatic, Give thy bridegroom soon the meeting, Lord, we feel thy pow'r emphatic; Say, “Dear Lord, let me receive thee, Ah, draw pear to us, dear Saviour, Hold thee fast, and never leave thee." Let us taste thy grace and favor!