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There is a land of pure delight,
To-day the Saviour calls,
What means this eager, anxious throng?
Yet there is room! the Lamb's bright hall of song,
I have fancied sometimes the Bethel-bent beam
And the angels descending to dwell with us here,
WHAT A PASTOR HAS FELT AND SEEN OF THE POWER OF SACRED SONG.
BY REV. GEO. F. PENTECOST, OF BOSTON.
My Dear Brother :
You ask me to give you, from my own personal experience and observation, any facts
in relation to the use and power of sacred song in connection with the work of the Holy Spirit for the conversion and sanctification of sinners; and I most gladly bear my testimony.
I presume my experience is not different in kind from that of all other Christians who have submitted themselves to God under this wonderful instrument of the Spirit.
THE POWER OF SONG UPON CHILDHOOD.
Some of my earliest religious awakenings were in connection with the hymns for children that were just beginning to be sung in the Sabbath-schools when I was yet a little boy. I mention one beginning:
"I think when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men,
How He called little children like lambs to His fold:
That little hymn would always quiet me and beget within my heart seriousness and longing. When as a child I used to hear or sing it, I would wonder if there was any blessing that I might have from Jesus that would correspond to His calling little children to Him,