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The Communion of Saints. 151
Lord, we are few, but Thou art near; Nor short Thine arm, nor deaf Thine ear •, O rend the heavens, come quickly down, And make a thousand hearts Thine own !
William Cowper. 1779.
The heaven of heavens cannot contain
The Universal Lord ; Yet He in humble hearts will deign
To dwell and be adored.
Where'er ascends the sacrifice
Of fervent praise and prayer, Or on the earth, or in the skies,
The Heaven of God is there.
His presence there is spread abroad Through realms, through worlds unknown ;
Who seeks the mercies of his God Is ever near His Throne.
William Drennan. 1815.
How blest the sacred tie that binds, In union sweet, according minds; How swift the heavenly course they run, Whose hearts, whose faith, whose hopes are one!
To each the soul of each how dear ! What jealous love, what holy fear ! How doth the generous flame within Refine from earth, and cleanse from sin !