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CHARACTERS AND REPRESENTATIONS

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2 The dying thief rejoic'd to see

That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,

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Wash all my sins away.
3 Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
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Till all the ransom'd church of God

Be sav'd to sin no more.
4 E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be till I die.
5 And when this lisping stammering tongue

Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing thy power to save.

72. C. M.
Christ is the Head of the Church. Eph. 1V 5, 16

(ESUS, 1 sing thy matchless grace Gives me among thy saints a place

To make thy glories known. 2 Allied to thee, our vital head,

We act, and grow, and thrive; From thee divided, each is dead

When most he seems alive. 3 Thy saints on earth, and those above,

Here join in sweet accord; One body all in mutual love,

And thou our common Lord.
4 O may my faith each hour derive

Thy Spirit with delight;
While death and hell in vain shall strive

This bond to disunite.
5 Thou the whole body wilt present

Before thy Father's face; Nor shall a wrinkle or a spot

Its beauteous form disgrace.

73. L. M. Medley. I know that my Redeemer liveth. Job xix. 25. I

KNOW that my Redeemer lives;

What comfort this sweet sentence gives ! He lives triumphant from the grave,

He lives eternally to save.
2 He lives to bless me with his love,

He lives to plead for me above,
He lives my hungry so'ıl to feed,

He lives to help in time of need. 3 He lives to banish all my fears,

He lives to wipe my falling tears ;
Lives to relieve my burthen'd heart,

And lives all blessings to impart.
4 He lives my kind, my faithful friend,

He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives my mansion to prepare,

And lives to bring me safely there. 5 He lives, all glory to his name!

He lives, my Jesus, still the same; O the sweet joy this sentence gives, 'I know that my Redeemer lives!'

74. C. M. Steele. Christ the Centre of Holy Desires. DEAR centre of

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soul's desires, And sovereign of my heart, What sweet delight thy name inspires !

What bliss thy smiles impart ! 2 Jesus! O loveliest, dearest name!

And wilt thou condescend To own the bold, yet humble claim,

My everlasting friend? 3 Too oft, alas ! my passions rove

In search of meaner charms; Trifles unworthy of my

love Divide me from thy arms.

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4 Come, dearest Lord, with power divine,

And drive thy foes away;
O be my heart, my passions thine,
And never, never stray.

75. C. M. Watts.
Christ's compassion to the weak and tempted.

TITH joy we meditate the grace

Of our high priest above; His heart is made of tenderness,

His bowels melt with love.
2 Touch'd with a sympathy within,

He knows our feeble frame;
He knows what sore temptations mean,

For he has felt the same.
3 He'll never quench the smoking flax,

But raise it to a flame;
The bruised reed he never breaks,

Nor scorns the meanest name.
4 Then let our humble faith address

His mercy and his power;
We shall obtain delivering grace
In the distressing hour.

76. S. M. Altered.
Faith in Christ our Sacrifice.

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Take all my sins away; Give me to trust thy holy name,

And thy sweet rule obey. 2 My faith would lay her hand

On that dear head of thine; While, like a penitent, I stand,

And there confess my sin. 3 My soul looks back to see

The burdens thou didst bear When hanging on the cursed tree;

And hopes her guilt was there.

4 Believing, we rejoice

To see the curse remove;
We bless the Lamb with cheerful voice,
And sing his bleeding love.

77. S. M. Watts.
Righteousness and strength in Christ.
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THE Lord on high proclaims

His Godhead from his throne ;
Mercy and justice are the names

• By which I will be known.' 2 Ye dying souls that sit

In darkness and distress, • Look from the borders of the pit

• To my recovering grace.' 3 Sinners shall hear the sound,

Their thankful tongues shall own,
Our righteousness and strength are found

In thee, the Lord, alone.' 4 In thee shall Israel trust,

And feel their guilt forgiven;
God will pronounce the sinners just,
And take the saints to heaven.

78. L. M. Wesley's Coll.
The Lord our righteousness. Jer. xxiii. 6
ESUS, thy blood and righteousness

'Midst flaming worlds, in these array'd,

With joy shall. I lift up my head.
2 When from the dust of death I rise,

To claim my inansion in the skies,
E'en then shall this be all my plea-

Jesus hath liv'd and died for me.
3 This spotless robe the same appears

When ruin'd nature sinks in years;
No age can change its glorious hue,
The robe of Christ is ever new.

4 O let the dead now hear thy voice,

Now bid thy banish'd ones rejoice;
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, •The Lord our righteousness.'

79. C. M. Watts. Justification by faith. Rom. iii. 19-22.

On their own works have built; Their hearts by nature all unclean,

And all their actions guilt. 2 Let Jews and Gentiles stop their mouths

Without a murmuring word; And the whole race of Adam stand

Guilty before the Lord.
3 In vain we ask God's righteous law

To justify us now;
Since to convince, and to condemn,

Is all the law can do.
4 Jesus, how glorious is thy grace!

When in thy name we trust, Our faith receives a righteousness That makes the sinner just.

80. L. M. I am the way. John xiv. 6. I

AM the way,' the Saviour cries,

• The only way that leads to God;Behold! he bleeds, he groans, he dies,

And marks the way with streams of blood 2 • A thousand ways in ruin end,

"This only leads to joys on high; • By this my willing steps ascend,

Pleas'd with a journey to the sky.' 3 Faith only finds the heavenly way,

The faith that works by love to God
And works of love from day to day,
Still prove that we are on the road.

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