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THE BLESSINGS AND INVITATIONS OF THE GOSPEL.
P. M.—“ Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by ?" Lam. i. 12. 1
ALL ye that pass by,
To Jesus draw nigh:
Your surety he is;
2 For what
have done His blood must atone: The Father hath punish'd for you his dear Son:
The Lord, in the day
Of his anger, did lay Your sins on the Lamb, and he bore them away.
3 He answer'd for all :
O come at his call,
Ye all may receive
The peace he did leave, Who made intercession, “My Father, forgive.”
For you and for me
He pray'd on the tree :
The sinner am I,
Who on Jesus rely, And come for the pardon God cannot deny. 5 My pardon I claim;
For a sinner I am,
He purchas’d the grace
6 His death is my plea,
My advocate see, And hear the blood speak that hath answer'd Acquitted I was
[for me. When he hung on the cross, And by losing his life he hath carried my cause.
S.M.-The issues of life and death. 1 O WHERE shall rest be found,
Rest for the weary soul? 'Twere vain the ocean's depths to sound,
Or pierce to either pole. 2 The world can never give
The bliss for which we sigh ; 'Tis not the whole of life to live,
Nor all of death to die.
Beyond this vale of tears
There is a life above,
And all that life is love.
Outlasts the fleeting breath ;
Around the “ second death !"
Teach us that death to shun;
And evermore undone.
Here would we end our quest;
Alone are found in Thee,
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
187. C. M.-Esther's resolution accommodated to the penitent's application
to Christ. Esther iv. 16.
1 COME, humble sinner, in whose breast
A thousand thoughts revolve,
And make this last resolve:
“ Hath like a mountain rose,
“ Whatever may oppose.
“ And there my guilt confess;
“Without his sovereign grace.
“ Whose sceptre pardon gives;
“ And then the suppliant lives: 5 “ Perhaps he will admit my plea,
Perhaps will hear my prayer ; “But if I perish, I will pray,
“ And perish only there. 6 “ I can but perish, if I go
“I am resolv'd to try;
“ I must for ever die.
“When I the King have tried,
" As sinner never died.”
188. L.M.-" Return unto thy rest, O my soul." Ps. cxvi. 7. 1 RETURN, my soul, unto thy rest,
From vain pursuits and maddening cares, From lonely woes that wring thy breast,
The world's allurements, Satan's snares. 2 Return unto thy rest, my soul,
From all the wanderings of thy thought : From sickness unto death, made whole;
Safe through a thousand perils brought. 3 Then to thy rest, my soul, return,
From passions every hour at strife; Sin's works, and ways, and wages spurn,
Lay hold upon eternal life. 4 God is thy rest ;— with heart inclin'd
To keep his word, that word believe: Christ is thy rest ;—with lowly mind,
His light and easy yoke receive.
194. L. M.—“ Wherewith shall I come before the Lord ?" Mic. vi. 6 - 8. 1 WHEREWITH, O Lord, shall I draw near,
And bow myself before thy face?
What shall I bring to gain thy grace ? 2 Will gifts delight the Lord Most High ?
Will multiply'd oblations please ? Thousands of rams his favour buy;
Or slaughter'd hecatombs appease ? 3 Can these avert the wrath of God?
Can these wash out my guilty stain ?
Alas! they all must flow in vain !
4 Whoe'er to thee themselves approve,
Must take the path thy word hath show'd : Justice pursue, and mercy love,
And humbly walk, by faith, with God. 5 But though my life henceforth be thine,
Present for past can ne'er atone:
I only give thee back thine own. 6 What have I then wherein to trust?
I nothing have, I nothing am;
in shame. 7 Guilty I stand before thy face;
On me I feel thy wrath abide ;
'Tis just;—but O, thy Son hath died ! 8 Jesus, the Lamb of God, hath bled,
He bore our sins upon the tree !
'Tis finish'd! he hath died for me.
And pours the’ all-prevailing prayer!
And shows that I am graven there! 10 He ever lives for me to pray;
that I with him may reign :
They are bought with Christ's own blood,