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Ask not of him more than this ;
Leave it in his Saviour's breast,
He in youth shall find his rests
Whether in his lonely course,
(Lonely, not forlorn) he stay,
Cheat the toil and cheer the way;
Gales from heaven, if so He will,
Sweeter melodies can wake
Than the meeting waters make.
Sick or healthful, slave or free,
Wealthy, or despised and poor -
So his love to Christ endure?
* The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord as the rivers of water; he turneth it whithersoever he will. Prov. xxi. 1.
Only, since our souls will shrink
At the touch of natural grief, When our earthly loved ones sink,
Lend us, Lord, thy sure relief; Patient hearts, their pain to see, And thy grace, to follow thee.
SAINT MATTHIAS'S DAY.
COLLECT. O Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve apostles; grant that thy church, being alway preserved from false apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Who is God's chosen priest? He who on Christ stands waiting day and night, Who traced his holy steps, nor ever ceased,
From Jordan banks to Bethphage height ;
Who hath learned lowliness
Who both in agony
Body and soul, to live and die,
In witness of his Lord,
Warring unharmed with sin and fear.
But who can e'er suffice What mortal — for this more than angel's task, Winning or losing souls, Thy life-blood's price?
The gift were too divine to ask,
But Thou hast made it sure By thy dear promise to thy Church and Bride, That Thou, on earth, wouldst aye with her endure,
Till earth to heaven be purified.
A GOOD PRIEST.
Give me the Priest these graces shall possess;
SAINT PHILIP AND SAINT JAMES'S* DAY.
COLLECT. O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that following the steps of thy holy apostles Saint Philip and Saint James, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ Lord. Amen.
Holy Jesus, Saviour blest,
Holy Jesus, when the night
* James the Less,