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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?
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;
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 ;
Bp. Mant. ANOTHER.
YE hermits blest, ye holy maids,
The nearest heaven on earth,
Free from rude care and mirth;
The secret lore of rural things,
Say, when in pity ye have gazed
On the wreathed smoke afar,
Hung, hiding sun and star,
To the green earth and open sky,
But Love's a flower that will not die
For lack of leafy screen,
That ne'er saw vernal green.
Even in this crowded wilderness,
There are in this loud stirring tide
Of human care and crime,
Of the everlasting chime;
Who carry music in their heart
Through dusky lane and wrangling mart, Plying their daily task with busier feet Because their secret souls a holy strain repeat.
How sweet to them, in such brief rest
As thronging cares afford,
To where their gracious Lord,
Spake, and was heard by fell disease, -
At once he rose, and left his gold;
His treasure and his heart
Earth and her idols part;
Shall sit, and floods unceasing pour
Nor can ye not delight to think
Where he vouchsafed to eat,
From touch of sinner's meat;
Went with him through the rich man's door;
These gracious lines shed Gospel light
On Mammon's gloomiest cells,
As on some city's cheerless night
The tide of sunrise swells,
Are mantled with a golden cloud, And to wise hearts this certain hope is given, “No mist that man may raise shall hide the eye of Heaven.”
And oh! if even on Babel shine
Such gleams of Paradise,
The work of God untouched by man?
SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE'S DAY.
COLLECT. O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head corner-stone, grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
As at the first, by two and two
His herald saints the Saviour sent
Where he to shine in mercy meant;
So evermore he deems his name
Best honored and his way prepared,
He sees his servants duly paired.
He loves when age and youth are met,
Fervent old age and youth serene,
For sacred song, joy's golden mean.