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Holy Communion. 481
Why are its dainties all in vain Before unwilling hearts display'd ?
Was not for you the victim slain ? Are you forbid the children's Bread ?
O let Thy Table honour'd be, And furnished well with joyful guests ;
And may each soul salvation see, That here its sacred pledges tastes.
Let crowds approach, with hearts prepar'd ;
With hearts inflamed let all attend; Nor, when we leave our Father's board,
The pleasure or the profit end.
Revive Thy dying churches, Lord !
And bid our drooping graces live ; And more, that energy afford,
A Saviour's love alone can give.
Ph Hip Doddridge. 1755.
Thou, who hast call'd us by Thy Word
The marriage feast to share Of Thy dear Son, our only Lord,
Thy bidden guests prepare !
No vain excuse we dare to make,
Thy call we do not slight; We come unworthy ; for His sake
Help us to come aright!
The marriage-garment we require
Thyself to us impart, And with Thy precious gifts inspire
A pure and thankful heart.