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1. Je • sus, my Lord, my God, Thy proin - ise I em - brace; And

hail, be - neath the Fa - ther's rod, Thy all - suf - fi- cient grace.

2 Swift to my rescue come;

Thine own this moment seize; Gather my wand’ring spirit home,

And keep in perfect peace : Suffer'd no more to rove

O'er all the earth abroad, Arrest the pris’ner of thy love,

And shut me up in God.

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All-sufficiency of His grace.

, Thy promise I embrace; And hail, beneath the Father's rod,

Thy all-sufficient grace. 2 My oft-repeated prayer.

The kindest answer gains, When, by thy gracious aid, I bear

Life's keen and varied pains. 3 Should dread of want oppress,

And men or fiends assail,Infirmities my frame oppress,

And earthly comforts fail,4 Still may I trust in thee,

And calm each rising fear;
For none of these can injure me

While thou, O Christ, art near. 5 My faith as gold refine;

Each grace and virtue prove; That in my spotless life may shine

The light of perfect love.
6 Thus shall thy mighty power

Upon thy servant rest;
Who glories in the trying hour,

By thee upheld and blest.

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Self-righteousn-88 dlestroyed. 139-C.
GOODLY, formal saint,

I long appear'd in sight;
By self and Satan taught to paint

My tomb, my nature, white.
The Pharisee within

Still undisturb'd remain'd; The strong man, arm’d with guilt of sin,

Safe in his palace reign'd. 2 But, O, the jealous God

In my behalf came down;
Jesus himself the stronger show'd,

And claim'd me for his own.
My spirit he alarm’d,

And brought into distress ; He shook and bound the strong man, arm'd

In his self-righteousness. 3 Faded my virtuous show,

My form without the power;
The sin-convincing Spirit blew,

And blasted every flower:
My mouth was stopp'd, and shame

Cover'd my guilty face;
I fell on the atoning Lamb,

And I was saved by grace.

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4 For me these pangs his soul assail ;

For me this death is borne;
My sins gave sharpness to the nail,

And pointed every thorn.
ū Let sin no more my soul enslave;

Break, Lord, its tyrant chain; O save me, whom thou cam'st to save,

Nor bleed nor die in vain.

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Secrets of the heart made known. AND must I be to judgment brought,

in For every vain and idle thought,

And every word I say ? 2 Yes, every secret of my heart

Shall shortly be made known, And I receive my just desert

For all that I have done.
3 How careful then ought I to live;

With what religious fear;
Who such a strict account must give

For my behaviour here. 4 Thou awful Judge of quick and dead,

The watchful power bestow;
So shall I to my ways take heed,

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To all I speak or do.
5 If now thou standest at the door,

O let me feel thee near; And make my peace with God, before

I at thy bar appear.

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The crucifixion.

74-6. FROM whence these direful omens round,

? And why do earthquakes cleave the ground ?

Why hides the sun his rays ? 2 Well may the earth, astonish’d, shake,

And nature sympathize,l'he sun, as darkest night, be black;

Their Maker, Jesus, dies !
3 Behold, fast streaming from the tree,

His all-atoning blood
Is this the Infinite ? 'tis he,

My Saviour and my God.

SINNERS, the

voice of God regard ;

to He calls you by his sacred word

From sin's destructive way. 2 Like the rough sea that cannot rest,

You live, devoid of peace;
A thousand stings within your breast

Deprive your souls of ease. 3 Your way is dark, and leads to hell;

Why will you persevere ?
Can you in endless torments dwell,

Shut up in black despair ? 4 Why will you in the crooked ways

Of sin and folly go?
In pain you travel all your days,

To reach eternal wo. 5 But he that turns to God shall live,

Through his abounding grace; His mercy will the guilt forgive

Of those that seek his face.
6 Bow to the sceptre of his word,

Renouncing every sin;
Submit to him, your sov'reign Lord,

And learn his will divine.

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4 And when with heart and voice we strive

Our grateful hymns to raise, Let love divine within us live,

And fill our souls with praise.
5 Then, on thy glories while we dwell,

Thy mercies we'll review;
With love divine, transported, tell —

Thou, God, art Father too!

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Awaking from the dust with 91-a.

shouts of pruise. THROUGH sorrow's night, and danger's path, TH

Amid the deep’ning gloom,
We, foll’wers of our suff'ring Lord,

Are marching to the tomb.
2 There, when the turmoil is no more,

And all our powers decay, Our cold remains in solitude

Shall sleep the years away. 3 Our labours done, securely laid

In this our last retreat, Unheeded, o'er our silent dust,

The storms of earth may beat.
4 Yet not thus buried, or extinct,

The vital spark shall lie;
For o'er life's wreck that spark shall rise

To seek its kindred sky.
5 These ashes, too, this little dust,

Our Father's care shall keep, 'Till the last angel rise and break

The long and dreary sleep.

61 Confession, prayer,

and praise.

76-a. LORD! when we bend before thy throne, () may we feel the sins we own,

And hate what we deplore.
2 Our contrite spirits pitying see;

True penitence impart:
And let a healing ray from thee

Beam peace into cach heart.
3 When we disclose our wants in prayer,

O let our wills resign;
And not a thought our bosom share,

Which is not wholly thine.

486 lle is fuithful that hath promised. 91–6. JESUS, the sinner's rest thou art,

From guilt, and fear, and pain ; While thou art absent from the heart

We look for rest in vain.
2 O) when wilt thou my Saviour be?

O when shall I be clean ?
The true eternal Sabbath see,-.

A perfect rest from sin ?
3 The consolations of thy word

My soul have long upheld; The faithful promise of the Lord

Shall surely be fulfill'd.
4 I look to my incarnate God

Till he his work begin;
And wait till his redeeming blood

Shall cleanse me from all sin.
5 () that I now the voice might hear

That speaks my sins forgiven; Thy word is pass’d to give me here

The inward pledge of heaven.
6 Thy blood shall over all prevail,

And sanctify the' unclean;
The grace that saves the soul from hell,

Will save from present sin.

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Loss of first love. 0

THAT I were as heretofore,

When, warm in my first love, I only lived my God to adore,

And seek the things above.
2 Upon my head his candle shone,

And, lavish of his grace,
With cords of love he drew me on,

And half unveil'd his face.
3 Far, far above all earthly things

Triumphantly I rode;
I soar'd to heaven on eagles' wings,

And found, and talk'd with God. 4 Where am I now? from what a height

Of happiness cast down!
The glory swallow'd up in night,

And faded is the crown. 5 O God, thou art my home, my rest,

For which I sigh in pain;
How shall I 'scape into thy breast ?

My Eden how regain ?

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In time of peril.

85-1. MY Y Saviour from the wrath to come,

From present evil save;
Avert the deep impending gloom,-

The darkness of the grave.
2 Still hold my soul in life, I pray;

A dying worm reprieve;
And let me all my lengthen'd day

Unto thy glory live. 3 Now, Lord, I have to thee made known

My troubled soul's request,
And sink in calm dependence down,

Within thine arms to rest :-
4 Secure, in danger's darkest hour,

Thy faithfulness to prove, Protected by almighty power,

And everlasting love.

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A blessing from God's presence.

77-C. GREAT Shepherd of thy people

, hear; ; We kneel within thy house of prayer;

O give us hearts to pray. 2 The clouds which veil thee from our sight,

In pity, Lord, remove;
Dispose our minds to hear aright

The message of thy love.
3 Help us, with holy fear and joy,

To kneel before thy face;
O make us, creatures of thy power,

The children of thy grace.

Life, health, and comfort to thy will,

And make thy pleasure mine. 2 Why should I shrink at thy command, Whose love forbids

my

fears? Or tremble at the gracious hand

That wipes away my tears ? 3 No! rather let me freely yield

What most I prize to thee, Who never hast a good withheld,

Or wilt withhold from me. 4 Thy favour, all my journey through,

Shall be my rich supply;
What else I want, or think I do,

Let wisdom still deny.

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131 The Spirit's quickening power.

125-4 CWE, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,

With all thy quick’ning powers ; Kindle a flame of sacred love

In these cold hearts of ours. 2 Look how we grovel here below,

Fond of these earthly toys; Our souls, how heavily they go,

To reach eternal joys. 3 In vain we tune our formal songs,

In vain we strive to rise ; Hosannas languish on our tongues,

And our devotion dies.
4 Father, and shall we ever live

At this poor dying rate;
Our love so faint, so cold to thee,

And thine to us so great ?
5 Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,

With all thy quick’ning, powers; Come, shed abroad a Saviour's love,

And that shall kindle ours.

4 I, of such fellowship bereft,

In spirit turn to thee:
O, hast thou not a blessing left,--

A blessing, Lord, for me? 5 Behold thy pris'ner;-loose my bands,

If 'tis thy gracious will;
If not,-contented in thy hands,-

Behold thy pris'ner still.
6 I may not to thy courts repair,

Yet here thou surely art;
Lord, consecrate a house of prayer

In my surrender'd heart.
7 To faith reveal the things unseen;

To hope, the joys untold ;
Let love, without a veil between,

Thy glory now behold.

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The resolution.

111-0. COM YOME, humble sinner, in whose breast

A thousand thoughts revolve, Come, with your guilt and fear oppress’d,

And make this last resolve: 2 I'll go to Jesus, though my sin

Like mountains round me close; I know his courts, I'll enter in,

Whatever may oppose.
3 Prostrate I'll lie before his throne,

And there my guilt confess;
I'll tell him, I'm a wretch undone

Without his sov'reign grace.
4 Perhaps he will admit my plea,

Perhaps will hear my prayer; But, if I perish, I will pray,

And perish only there.
5 I can but perish if I go-

I am resolved to try;
For if I stay away, I know

I must forever die.

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Thy will be done. 78-d. TT THY presence, Lord, the place shall fill;

My heart shall be thy throne; Thy holy, just, and perfect will,

Shall in my flesh be done. 2 I thank thee for the present grace,

And now in hope rejoice; In confidence to see thy face,

And always hear thy voice. 3 I have the things I ask of thee;

What more shall I require ? That still my soul may restless be,

And only thee desire. 4 Thy only will be done, not mine,

But make me, Lord, thy home; Come as thou wilt, I that resign,

But O, my Jesus, come!

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A Subbath in the sick-chamber. 122-b. THOUSANDS, O Lord of Hosts, this day And tens of thousands throng to pay

Their homage at thy feet. 2 They sing thy deeds, as I have sung,

In sweet and solemn lays;
Were I among them, my glad tongue

Might learn new themes of praise.
3 For thou art in their midst to teach,

When on thy Naine they call; And thou hast blessings, Lord, for each,

Ilast blessings, Lord, for all.

466 The Spirit of adoption. 82. b. TA FATHER, I wait before thy throne :

Call me a child of thine: Send down the Spirit of thy Son,

To form my heart divine. 2 There shed thy promised love abroad,

And make my comfort strong; Then shall I say,--My Father, God!

With an unwav'ring tongue.

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