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P.M.- Divine Love.

1 LOVE Divine, all love excelling,

Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling,

All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, thou art all compassion:

Pure, unbounded love thou art; Visit us with thy salvation;

Enter every trembling heart. 2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit

Into every troubled breast! Let us all in thee inherit,

Let us find thy promis'd rest;
Take away the bent to sinning,

Alpha and Omega be,
End of faith, as its beginning,

Set our hearts at liberty. 3 Come, Almighty to deliver,

Let us all thy grace receive!
Suddenly return, and never,

Never more thy temples leave!
Thec we would be always blessing,

Serve thee as thine hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee without ceasing,

Glory in thy perfect love.
4 Finish, then, thy new creation,

Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,

Perfectly restor’d in thee:
Chang'd from glory into glory,

Till in heaven we take our place;
Till we cast our crowns before thee,

Lost in wonder, love, and praise!

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369. L.M.- Thou shalt love the Lord thy God. Deut. vi. 5. 1 YES, I would love thee, blessed God!

Paternal goodness marks thy name! Thy praises through thy high abode,

The heavenly hosts with joy proclaim. 2 Freely thou gav`st thy dearest Son

For man to suffer, bleed, and die, And bid'st me, as a wretch undone,

For all I want on him rely. 3 In him thy reconciled face

With joy unspeakable I see,
And feel thy powerful, wondrous grace,

Draw and unite my soul to thee.
4 Whene'er my foolish, wandering heart,

Attracted by a creature's power, Would from this blissful centre start,

Lord, fix it there to stray no more.

370. C.M.-Christ precious to the Believer. 1 Pet. ii. 7. 1 JESUS! I love thy charming name,

'Tis music to mine ear; Fain would I sound it out so loud,

That earth and heaven should hear. 2 Yes, thou art precious to my soul,

My transport and my trust; Jewels to thee are gaudy toys,

And gold is sordid dust.
3 All my capacious powers can wish

In thee doth richly meet;
Nor to mine eyes is light so dear,

Nor friendship half so sweet.
4 Thy grace still dwells upon my heart,

And sheds its fragrance there; The noblest balm of all its wounds,

The cordial of its care.

5 I'll speak the honours of thy name

With my last labouring breath;
Then speechless clasp thee in mine arms,

The antidote of death.

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371. C.M.- Appeal to Christ in proof of Love to him. John xxi. 16. 1 DO not I love thee, O

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Lord ?
Behold my heart and see;
And turn each cursed idol out

That dares to rival thee.
2 Do not I love thee from my soul?

Then let me nothing love; Dead be my heart to every joy,

When Jesus cannot move.
3 Is not thy name melodious still

To mine attentive ear?
Doth not each pulse with pleasure bound

My Saviour's voice to hear?
4 Hast thou a lamb in all thy flock

I would disdain to feed?
Hast thou a foe before whose face

I fear thy cause to plead?
5 Would not my heart pour forth its blood

In honour of thy name?
And challenge the cold hand of death

To damp the' immortal flame.
6 Thou know'st I love thee, dearest Lord;

But O! I long to soar
Far from the sphere of mortal joys,

And learn to love thee more.

372. P.M.-“ Lovest thou me?" John xxi. 16. 1 'TIS a point I long to know,

Oft it causes anxious thought; Do I love the Lord or no?

Am I his, or am I not?

2 If I love, why am I thus?

Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Hardly sure can they be worse,

Who have never heard his name! 3 When I turn my eyes within,

All is dark, and vain, and wild;
Fill d with unbelief and sin,

Can I deem myself a child ? 4 Yet I mourn my stubborn will,

Find my grief and sin a thrall;
Should I grieve for what I feel,

If I did not love at all?
5 Could I joy his saints to meet,

Choose the ways I once abhorr'd,
Find, at times, the promise sweet,

If I did not love the Lord?
6 Lord, decide the doubtful case!

Thou who art thy people's sun,
Shine upon the work of grace,

If it be indeed begun.
7 Let me love thee more and more,

If I love at all, I pray:
If I have not lov'd before,

Help me to begin to-day.

373. P.M.-" Lovest thou me?" John xxi. 16. 1 HARK! my soul! it is the Lord;

'Tis thy Saviour, hear his word; Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee,

Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?”' 2 I deliver'd thee when bound,

And, when wounded, heal'd thy wound; Sought thee wandering, set thee right, Turn'd thy darkness into light.

3 Can a woman's tender care

Cease towards the child she bare?
Yes, she may forgetful be,

Yet will I remember thee.
4 Mine is an unchanging love,

Higher than the heights above,
Deeper than the depths beneath,

Free and faithful, strong as death. 5 Thou shalt see my glory soon,

When the work of grace is done;
Partner of my throne shalt be,

Say, poor sinner, lov'st thou me?" 6 Lord, it is my chief complaint,

That my love is weak and faint;
Yet I love thee and adore;
Oh! for grace to love thee more.

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P.M.-Christian Love and Unity. 1 HOW good and pleasant 'tis to see, When brethren cordially agree,

And kindly think and speak the same; A family of faith and love, Combin'd to seek the things above,

And spread the common Saviour's fame. 2 The God of grace, who all invites, Who in our unity delights,

Vouchsafes our intercourse to bless;
Revives us with refreshing showers,
The fulness of his blessing pours,

And keeps our minds in perfect peace. 3 Jesus, thou precious corner-stone, Preserve inseparably one,

Whom thou didst by thy Spirit join:
Still let us in thy Spirit live,
And to thy church the pattern give

Of unanimity divine.

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