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SAINT JAMES'S * DAY.
COLLECT. Grant, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Anien.
And couldst thou, JAMES, to win the meed
Thy Saviour's cup of sorrow taste ?
Which o'er thy Saviour past ?
Thou couldst: such aid his Spirit lent!
The scornful look, the taunting word,
council's stern decree, The tyrant's rage and cruelty,
And last the fatal sword :
* The Greater.
These came in turn; and then thy death!
The first of all thy brotherhood !
Like him baptized in blood !
We dare not rend the veil aside
The secrets of the unseen world ;
Of that dark veil unfurled;
Should seem that thou wert there to see,
And he, the favored of your Lord,
Beside your King adored.
For not in vain his word was given
For him and for his Gospel known,
Throned by Messiah's throne.
Nor vain the word, that whosoe'er
To houses, parents, children, wife,
And dwell in endless life.
Bp. Maxt. SAINT BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY.
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.
“ BEHOLD, in whom no guile I find,
An Israelite indeed!”
Did Israel's sovereign read.
A guileless heart! what fairer scene
In all this world below
Or God's creation show ?
Fair are the snow-wreaths that infold
Yon Alpine mountain's head;
Clear o'er its pebbly bed;
Fair is the star of evening bright,
in heaven's blue zone;
O’er earth’s green surface thrown;
But Alpine snow, nor crystal stream,
Can pure delight impart,
To match the guileless heart.
For these material works of God
Of him memorials stand,
The wonders of his hand :
But guileless truth and innocence,
By God to men consigned, Reflect his moral excellence,
And image of his mind.
BP. MANT. SAINT MATTHEW'S DAY.
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.
PREPARE the feast! the viands bring,
Heap high the festal board !
The follower greets his Lord.
But who is he, the host, whose care
Provides the costly feast ?
Around the heavenly guest ?
'Tis MATTHEW, 't is the publican;
The favored host is he
Beside Tiberias' sea.