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He first the promised Saviour sought
Within his low abode;
The Christ and Lamb of God.
And he, among the first, the call
To tend his Lord obeyed; Forsook his ship, his home, his all;
And followed where he led.
- Fisher of men,” by night, by day,
His ready toils he set;
Within the Gospel net.
Nor scrupled he to yield his breath,
By many a labor tried,
By which his Master died.
And now his name with service meet,
Leads on the sacred year,
SAINT THOMAS'S DAY.
COLLECT. Almighty and everlasting God, who for the more confirmation of the faith didst suffer thy holy apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's resurrection; grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ, in whose name we ascribe unto thee all honor and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.
I hear the glorious Sufferer tell,
And all the powers beneath ;
Attempts his triumphs in a song ;
thy victory, death? "
But when he shows his hands and heart,
He sets my soul on fire;
With more delight upon that breast,
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 EVANGELIST'S 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 hath told thee of his end.