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Not the beloved John could rest
With more delight upon that breast, Nor THOMAS pry into those wounds with more intense de
Kindly he opens me his ear,
And tell him all my pains.
In every woe he bears a part, His arms embrace me, and his hand my drooping head sustains.
SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELISTS DAY.
COLLECT. Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it, being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
AMONG the planets heavenly bright,
Which round the Sun of glory shine;
A holier radiance, John, than thine.
Apostle thou of Christ the Lord;
Prophet of scenes to come decreed;
Martyr in will, if not in deed.
Yet by another name we deem
Thy claim to high renown approved,
“ Disciple, by thy Master loved.”
Be ours to mark His portrait fair
Whom thy recording pencil drew;
To his divine commandments true;
To note thy life ; to see thee fling
The beams of sacred truth abroad;
And view unblamed the throne of God.
And may our faith, blest Saint, like thine
By love to God and man be proved ;
"Peter, seeing him, saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me." John xxi. 21, 22.
· LORD, and what shall this man do?”.
Ask’st thou, Christian, for thy friend ?
Christ bath told thee of his end.
Ask not of him more than this;
Leave it in his Saviour's breast,
He in youth shall find his rest,
Or armed in his station wait
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 ?
Only, since our souls will shrink
At the touch of natural grief,
Lend us, Lord, thy sure relief;
*“The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord as the rivers of water; he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Prov xxi. I.
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 always 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 ?
From Jordan banks to Bethphage height;
Who hath learned lowliness
To whom, for Christ, the world is loss ;
Who both in agony
Body and soul to live and die,