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Nor vain the word, that whosoe’er
Shall the Messiah's name prefer

To houses, parents, children, wife;
Shall hundred-fold by Him be blest,
Be welcomed to his Father's rest,
And dwell in endless life.

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SAINT BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY.

AUGUST 24.

COLLECT. O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy word; grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church to love that word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN.

“Behold, in whom no guile I find,

An Israelite indeed!”
NATHANAEL, thus thy virtuous mind

Did Israel's sovereign read.

A guileless heart! what fairer scene

In all this world below,
Does nature's loveliness contain,

Or God's creation show?

Fair are the snow-wreaths, that infold

Yon Alpine mountain's head;
Fair is the stream, all crystal, rolled

Clear o'er its pebbly bed;

Fair is the star of evening bright,

A gem in heaven's blue zone; And fair the moonlight's robe of white

O’er earth's green surface thrown;

But Alpine snow, nor crystal stream,

Can pure delight impart, Nor moon, nor evening planet's gleam,

To match the guileless heart.

For these material works of God

Of Him memorials stand,
And tell the Maker's power abroad,

The wonders of his hand :

But guileless truth and innocence,

By God to men consigned, Reflect his moral excellence, An image of his mind,

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COLLECT. O Almighty God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom, to be an apostle and evangelist; grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires, and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, world without end. Amen.

HYMN.

Prepare the feast! the viands bring,

Heap high the festal board!
The subject welcomes Israel's King;

The follower greets his Lord.

But who is he, the host, whose care

Provides the costly feast?
And who are they assembled there
• Around the heavenly guest?

'Tis MATTHEW, 't is the publican;

The favored host is he
Who sat, a much despised man,

Beside Tiberias' sea.

And they, the guests assembled round,

They boast no better name; One in disgraceful union found,

Allied to sin and shame.

O holy Jesus, and are these

Associates meet for thee?
Is this the host thy soul to please,

And this the company?

“ Not to the righteous was I sent;

Not to the whole I cry;
I call the sinner to repent ;

The sick man's health am I,

“For them my glory I resigned;

For them endure the grave;
I came the wandering sheep to find,

The perishing to save.”

Shepherd of Israel! Saviour dear!

Whose voice thy duteous sheep Safe in thy fold delighted hear,

And to thy pasture keep;

Repentant, lo! to thee we turn,

To thee for health we pray ;
Give us what thou reveal'st to learn,
And what thou bidd'st obey.

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