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295. C.M.- Praise for Recovery from Sickness. Ps. cxviii. 18, 19. 1 SOVEREIGN of life, I own thy hand

In every chastening stroke,
And, while I smart beneath thy rod,

Thy presence I invoke.
2 To thee, in my distress, I cried,

And thou hast bow'd thine ear;
Thy powerful word my life prolong’d,

And brought salvation near.
3 Unfold, ye gates of righteousness,

That with the pious throng,


solemn vows,
And tune my grateful song.
4 Praise to the Lord, whose gentle hand

Renews our labouring breath;
Praise to the Lord, who makes his saints

Triumphant e’en in death.
5 My God, in thine appointed hour

Those heavenly gates display,
Where pain and sin, and fear and death,

For ever flee away.
6 There, while the nations of the blest

With raptures bow around, My anthems to delivering grace

In sweeter strains shall sound.

may record

296. C.M.- Equity and Justice. Phil. iv. 8. 1 COME, let us search our ways, and try,

Have they been just and right? Is the great rule of equity

Our practice and delight? 2 What we would have our neighbours do,

Have we done still the same? And ne'er delay'd to pay his due,

Nor injur'd his good name?

3 In vain we talk of Jesus' blood,

And boast his name in vain,
If we can slight the laws of God,
And prove unjust to men.

C.M.--Relieving Christ in his poor Members. Matt. xxv. 40.
1 JESUS! my Lord, how rich thy grace!

Thy bounties how complete!
How shall I count the matchless sum?

How pay the mighty debt?
2 High on the throne of radiant light

Dost thou exalted shine! What can my poverty bestow,

When all the worlds are thine.
3 But thou hast brethren here below,

The partners of thy grace,
And wilt confess their humble names

Before thy Father's face.
4 In them thou may'st be cloth’d and fed,

And visited, and cheer'd, And in their accents of distress

My Saviour's voice is heard.
5 Thy face with reverence and with love,

I in thy poor would see;
O! rather let me beg my bread,
Than hold it back from thee.

298. L.M.— The Light of good Eramples the most effectual Way to glorify

God. Matt. v. 16.
1 GREAT Teacher of thy church, we own

Thy precepts all divinely wise;
O may thy mighty power be shown,

To fix them still before our eyes.
2 Deep on our hearts thy law engrave,

And fill our breasts with heavenly zeal,
That while we trust thy power to save,

that sacred law fulfil.

3 Adorn'd with every heavenly grace,

May our examples brightly shine,
And the sweet lustre of thy face

Reflected beam from each of thine. 4 These lineaments divinely fair,

Our heavenly Father shall proclaim; And men that view his image there,

Shall join to glorify his name.

C.M.- The right Improvement of Life.
1 AND is this life prolong'd to me?

Are days and seasons given?
Shall I not then prepare to be

A fitter heir for heaven?
2 I'll never let these moments pass,

These golden hours be gone:
Lord! I accept thy offer'd

I bow before thy throne.
3 Now cleanse my soul from every sin

By my Redeemer's blood;
Now let my flesh and heart begin

The honours of my God.
4 Let me no more my soul defile

With sin's deceitful toys;
Let cheerful hope, increasing still,

Approach to heavenly joys. 5 My thankful lips shall loud proclaim

The wonders of thy praise,
And spread the savour of thy name

Where'er I spend my days.
6 On earth let my example shine;

And when I leave this state,
Mav heaven receive this soul of mine,

To bliss divinely great.

300. L.M.- The Privilege of the Living above the Dead. 1 AWAKE my zeal, awake my love,

And serve my Saviour here below, In works which all the saints above,

Which holy angels cannot do. 2 My faith and hope may see the Lord,

Though vales of darkness lie between; Hope shall rest firm upon his word,

Ånd faith rejoice in things unseen. 3 Awake my charity, and feed

The hungry soul, and clothe the poor: In heaven are found no sons of need;

There all these duties are no more. 4 Subdue thy passions, O my

soul! Maintain the fight, thy work pursile, Daily thy rising sins control,

And be thy victories ever new. 5 The land of triumph lies on high;

There are no fields of battle there;
Lord! I would conquer till I die,

And finish all the glorious war. 6 Let every flying hour confess

I gain thy gospel fresh renown,
And when my life and labours cease,

May I possess the promis'd crown.

301. L.M.-Faith connected with Salvation. Rom. i. 16. 1 NOT by the laws of innocence

Can Adam's sons arrive at heaven: New works can give us no pretence

To have our ancient sins forgiven. 2 Not the best deeds that we have done

Can make a wounded conscience whole; Faith is the grace, and faith alone,

That flies to Christ, and saves the soul.

3 Lord, I believe thy heavenly word!

Fain would I have my soul renew'd;
I mourn for sin, and trust the Lord

To have it pardon'd and subdu’d. 4 O may thy grace its power display!

Leť death and guilt no longer reign;
Save me in thine appointed way,
Nor let

humble faith be vain.

302. L.M.— The Struggle between Faith and Unbelief. Mark ix. 24. 1 JESUS, our soul's delightful choice,

In thee, believing, we rejoice;
Yet still our joy is mix'd with grief,

While faith contends with unbelief. 2 Thy promises our hearts revive,

And keep our fainting hopes alive;
But guilt, and fears, and sorrows rise,

And hide the promise from our eyes. 3 O let not sin and Satan boast,

While saints lie mourning in the dust;
Nor see that faith to ruin brought,

Which thy own gracious hand hath wrought. 4 Do thou the dying spark inflame;

Reveal the glories of thy name;
And put all anxious doubts to flight,
As shades dispers’d by opening light:

303. C.M.— The Struggle between Faith and Unbelief. Exod. xv. 26. 1 HEAL us, Immanuel, here we are

Waiting to feel thy touch;
Deep-wounded souls to thee repair,

And, Saviour, we are such. 2 Our faith is feeble, we confess,

We faintly trust thy word;
But wilt thou pity us the less?

Be that far from thee, Lord!

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