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And let thy kind, thy gracious word

Sustain each trembling heart. 4 O never let our souls remove

From this divine retreat;
Still let us trust thy power and love,

And dwell before thy feet.

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HOW honoured, how dear,
1 That sacred abode,
Where Christians draw near

Their Father and God!
Mid worldly commotion,

Our wearied soul faints
For the house of devotion-

The house of thy saints. 2 Thou Hearer of prayer!

Still grant us a place, Where Christians repair

To the courts of thy grace:
More blest, beyond measure

One day so employed,
Than years of vain pleasure

By worldlings enjoyed. 3 The Lord is a sun:

The Lord is a shield: What grace has begun,

With glory is sealed: He hears the distressed,

He succours the just; And they shall be blessed,

Who make him their trust.

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TWAS by thy Spirit gracious Lord,
I The ancient prophets spoke thy

word; Thy Spirit did their tongues inspire, And warmed their hearts with heavenly

fire. 2 The works and wonders which they

wrought, Confirmed the messages they brought; The prophet's pen succeeds his breath,

To save the holy words from death. 3 Great God! our eyes with pleasure look

On the dear volume of thy book;
There we behold our Saviour's face,

And learn his name, and feel his grace. 4 Let the false raptures of the mind

Be lost, and vanish in the wind; ..
Here we can fix our hope secure; ; !

This is thy word, and must endure. 86

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FTERNAL Spirit!'twas thy breath .
V The oracles of truth inspired,
And kings, and holy seers of old,
With strong prophetic impulse fired."
2 Filled with thy great Almighty power,

Their lips with heavenly wisdom flowed;
Their hands a thousand wonders wrought,
Which bore the signature of God. /

3 The powers of earth and hell, in vain

Against the sacred word combine;

Thy providence through every age, • Securely guards the book divine.

4 Thee, its great Author, source of light,

Thee, its preserver, we adore;
And humbly ask a ray from thee,,
Its hidden wonders to explore.

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FATHER of mercies, in thy word
I Wbat endless glory shines;
For ever be thy name adored

For these celestial lines.

2 Here may the wretched sons of want

Exhaustless riches find;
Riches above what earth can grant,

And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice

Spreads heavenly peace around; .. And life, and everlasting joys, I

Attend the blissful sound. : 4 O may these heavenly pages best

Our ever dear delight;
And still new beauties may we see,

And still increasing light,
5. Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,

Be thou for ever near; .
Teach us to love thy sacred word, if

And view the Saviour there.

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DRAISE, everlasting praise, be paid
1 To Him who earth's foundation laid;
Praise to the God whose strong decrees

Sway the creation as he please.
2 Firm are the words his prophets give,

Sweet words on which his children live;
Each of them is the voice of God,
Who spoke and spread the skies abroad.
3 O for a strong, a lasting faith,

To credit what th' Almighty saith;
To embrace the message of his Son,

And call the joys of heaven our own.
4 Then should the earth's old pillars shake,

And all the wheels of nature break,
Our steady souls shall fear no more
Than solid rocks when billows roar.

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THOU lovely Source of true delight,
1 Whom we unseen adore;
Unveil thy beauties to our sight,

That we may love thee more.
2 Thy glory o'er creation shines;

But in thy sacred word,
We read in fairer, brighter lines,

Our bleeding, dying Lord.
3 'Tis here, whene'er our comforts droop,

And sins and sorrows rise,
Thy love with cheerful beams of hope,

Our fainting heart supplies.

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4 Jesus, our Lord, our life, our light,

O come with blissful ray;
Break radiant through the shades of

night,

And chase our fears away. 5 Then shall our souls with rapture trace

The wonders of thy love;
But the full glories of thy face

Are only known above.
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COME, blessed Spirit, source of light,
Whose power and grace are uncon-

fined,
Dispel the gloomy shades of night,

The thicker darkness of the mind. 2 To our illumined eyes display

The glorious truth thy word reveals;
Cause us to run the heavenly way;

The book unfold, unloose the seals. 3 Tbine inward teachings make us know,

The mysteries of redeeming love,
The emptiness of things below,

The excellence of things above. 4 While through this dubious maze we

stray, Spread, like the sun, thy beams abroad, To show the dangers of the way,

And guide our feeble steps to God. 91 . L. M.

GOD, the gospel of thy Son,
Doth make thy holy counsels known;

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