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5. In search of empty joys below, | A servant's form he meekly wears, Ye toil with unavailing strife: He sojourns in a house of clay : Whither, ah, whither would ye go? His glory through a veil is seen, Christ hath the words of endless And God with God is man with life.
men. 6. To you he calls, “My goodness 3. Behold our God incarnate prove,
stands, My promises for all are free:
And calls his wandering creatures O taste my everlasting love,
home; And let your souls delight in me.” He all day long spreads out his
hands, 232. T. 205. Come, weary souls, to Jesus come:
Tho’ye be e'er so much oppress'd, SINNERS, hear the joyful news, Believe, and he will give you rest. God, your Maker, is your friend; Think not, that his wrath pursues,
4. Ah, do not of his goodness That his curses you attend :
doubt, “As I live,” Jehovah saith,
His saving grace for all is free; “I do not desire your death ;
He says, “I ne'er will cast him out, Rather, rather would I see
Who as a sinner comes to me; Each poor sinner turn to me.”
I can to none myself deny;"
Come, sinners, come; why will you 2. O then turn to him and live,
die? Turn to him with all your woe; He is ready to forgive,
Come only undisguis’d:
Draw nigh just as you are;
You'll find that he is able YE sinners, in the gospel trace
Your losses to repair. The Friend and Saviour of mankind;
2. His wounds are open fountains Not one of all the apostate race,
To wash you white all o’er; But may in him salvation find : Yea, were your sins like mounllis thoughts, his words, and actions tains, prove,
Or sands on ocean's shore: His life and death,- that God is Believe in the atonement
By Christ's all-saving blood : 2. Behold the Lamb of God, who do not delay one moment; bears
Come to the Lamb of God. The sins of all the world away:
T. 582. WHERE shall my wondering soul “COME to me,” saith the Lord, begin,
“All ye who are oppress’d, While I to heavenly songs aspire? Weary and heavy-laden souls, A slave redeem'd from death and And I will give you rest. sin,
2. Whoe'er to me will come, A brand pluck'd from eternal fire; How shall I due thanksgivings Him I in no wise will cast out,
And offer'd grace receive, raise,
He shall be mine and live.” And sound my great Deliverer's
Gregor. 2. O how shall I the goodness tell,
237. Saviour, which thou hast shown
T. 22. to me?
COME, weary souls, with sin disThat I, a child of wrath and hell, tress'd,
(rest; A happy child of God should be ;
Come, and accept the promis'd Should know, should feel my sins The Saviour's gracious call obey, forgiv'n,
And cast your gloomy fears away. And that I am an heir of heaven.
2. Oppress'd with guilt, a painful 3. Outcasts of men, to you I call, load,
(abroad; Harlots and publicans, believe; O come, and spread your woes He spreads his arms to embrace Divine compassion, mighty love,
Will all the painful load remove. Repenting sinners he'll receive; No need of him the righteous
3. Here mercy's boundless
To cleanse your guilt, and heal He came the lost to seek and save.
endless 4. Come, O my fellow-sinners, | Pardon, and life, and come,
(weight; peace; Groaning beneath sin's ponderous How rich the gift! how free the He calls you now, invites you home;
grace! Come quickly, ere it be too late: 4. Lord, we accept, with thankful Though foes protest, and friends heart,
(mine. The hope thy gracious words imHe died for crimes like yours and We come with trembling, yet re
joice, 5. For you the healing current and bless the kind inviting voice. flow'd
(side; From the Redeemer's wounded 5. Dear Saviour! let thy powerful Languish'd for you the Son of God, love
(move; For you the Prince of glory died: Confirm our faith, our fears reBelieve, your sins shall be forgiv'n; And sweetly influence every breast, Only believe, and yours is heaven. And guide us to eternal rest.
238. T. 11. Now from bliss no longer rove,
Stop and taste redeeming love. NOW begin the heavenly theme, Praise ye Jesus' saving name:
5. Welcome, all by sin oppress’d, Ye who Jesus' kindness prove,
Jesus Christ will give you rest; Triumph in redeeming love.
Nothing brought him from above, 2. Ye who see the Father's grace Nothing but redeeming love.
Beaming in the Saviour's face; As to heaven ye onward move, 6. Sing, ye ransom’d, to his praise,
Praise and bless redeeming love. Tune your songs to grateful lays; 3. Mourning souls, dry up your
Mortals, join the hosts above, tears,
Join to praise redeeming love. Banish all your guilty fears; Jesus will your guilt remove,
7. When bis Spirit leads us home,
When we to his glory come, Prompted by redeeming love.
We shall all the fulness prove 4. Ye, who long, alas, have been Of our Lord's redeeming love.
Willing slaves of death and sin; Countess of Huntingdon's Hymns.
XIV. REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE.
239.* T. 132. But should be hopeless and forlorn, LORD Jesus Christ, my sovereign If I had not thy promise.
Uncertain where for help to turn, good, Thou fountain of salvation, 4. But thy reviving gospel-word, Behold me bow'd beneath the load Which leads me to salvation, Of guilt and condemnation : Does joy unspeakable afford, My sins indeed are numberless; And lasting consolation: O Lord, regard my deep distress, This tells me, thou wilt not despise Relieve my guilty conscience. A broken heart, in sacrifice 2. In pity look upon my need,
Upon thy altar offer'd. Remove my sore oppression : 5. Me, heavy laden sinner, hear, Since thou hast suffer'd in my stead, Bemoaning my transgression; And paid for my transgression, To my complaints now lend an ear, Let me not yield to dark despair; To thee I make confession: A wounded spirit who can bear? My longing is, 0 wash me clean O show me thy salvation !
From every spot and stain of sin, 3. When I review my mis-spent Like David and Manasseh. I feel a heavy burden; (days, 6. Lord, I approach thy mercy-seat, Reflecting on my trespasses, And pray thee to forgive me; I scarce could hope for pardon, With contrite heart, I thee entreat,
Show pity and receive me: He will my joy and comfort be;
4. Though sin with us doth much And them no more remember.
abound, 7. O, for thy name's sake let me Yet grace still more aboundeth ; prove
Sufficient help in Christ is found, Thy mercy, gracious Saviour: Where sin most deeply woundeth: The yoke which galls me, soon re- He the good Shepherd is indeed, Restore me to thy favour: (move, Who his lost sheep doth seek and Thy love shed in my heart abroad, With tender love and pity. (lead
Luther. That I may live to thee, my God, And yield thee true obedience.
241. 8. Thy joyful Spirit give me power, THOU God of glorious majesty, Thy stripes heal my diseases: Apply thy blood at my last hour
To thee, against myself, to thee, To save me, dearest Jesus:
A worm of earth, I cry;
A guilty sinner born to die.
'Twixt two unbounded seas I
(stand, Out of the deep I cry to thee,
A point of time, a moment's space, My God, with heart's contrition;
Removes me to that heavenly place, Bow down thine ear in grace to me, Or ever shuts me up in hell. And hear thou my petition : 3. O God, mine inmost soul conFor if in judgment thou wilt try vert!
(heart Man's sin and great iniquity, And deeply on my thoughtful Ah, who can stand before thee? Eternal things impress; (weight,
Give me to feel their solemn 2. To gain remission of our sin, No work of ours availeth ;
To tremble on the brink of fate, God's favour we may strive to win,
And to awake to righteousness. But all our labour faileth;
4. Before me place in dread array We're 'midst our fairest actions The pomp of that tremendous day, lost,
(boast: When thou with clouds shalt come, And none 'fore him of aught can To judge the nations at thy bar: We live alone thro' mercy.
And tell me, Lord, shall I be there, 3. Therefore my hope is in his To meet from thee a joyful doom? And not in my own merit; (grace, 5. Be this my one great business On him my confidence I place,
here, Instructed by his Spirit: (me With godly jealousy and fear, His precious word hath promis’d Eternal bliss to insure;
Thine utmost counsel to fulfil, Adorn’d with righteousness by theo, To suffer all thy righteous will, And sanctified through grace:And steadfast to the end endure. 8. So shall I walk the narrow way 6. Then, Saviour, then my soul By thee, my Day-star, led : receive,
And love divine, thy heavenly ray, Transported from this vale, to live Shall o'er my path be shed. And reign with thee above;
Buchfelder, Where faith is sweetly lost in sight,
243. And hope, in full, supreme delight, And everlasting, heavenly love. THE Lord first empties whom he
C. Wesley, (ad). fills, 242.*
Casts down whom he would raise;
He quickens, when the letter kills, O LORD, afford a sinner light, Exalting thus his praise. In darkness still I stray ;
2. All fears and terrors, when he Star of the soul, appear in sight, And show the narrow way.
At once must disappear; (smiles,
The bruis'd and wounded heart he 2. That way is holy, Christians true heals,
Alone may walk therein, (due And feeds with heavenly cheer. Who thro’ thy powerful grace sub- 3. When he applies his healing The world, the flesh, and sin.
blood 3. Cold is my love, hence sin doth Unto a sin-sick soul, (good, reign,
This balsam, powerful, precious, And grief corrode my heart; Ne'er fails to make it whole. With things, whose only fruit is How loth am I to part.
4. He freely laid his majesty
And all his glory by, 4. Resolve, my stubborn heart, and that our wants thro' his poverty cleave
He richly might supply.
5. He's full of grace and truth inThe work at once were done.
Of peace, of life and light; (deed,
To all, that helpless sinners need, 5. Vile worm, shouldst thou refuse He gives thy soul a right. Devoted unto him,
6. Tho' heaven's his throne, he Who died upon the cross for thee,
came from thence And did thy soul redeem ?
To seek and save the lost; (pense, 6. Redeeming Lord, o be thou | Whate’er might be the vast exmine,
His love would bear the cost.
7. On us he spent his life and blood,
Our losses to retrieve : (good To thee myself yield. (thine, Mankind's redemption now holds 7. Mould me as clay, and fashion For sinners who believe. A vessel to thy praise,