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THE BLESSINGS AND INVITATIONS OF THE GOSPEL.

158.

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:
To you is it nothing that Jesus should die? -
Your ransom and peace,

Your surety he is;
Come, see if there ever were sorrow like his !

2 For what

you

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.

4

3 He answer'd for all :

O come at his call,
And low at his feet with astonishment fall !

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 prayer is accepted-the sinner is free.

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,
A sinner believing on Jesus's name.

He purchas’d the grace
Which now I embrace :
O Father, thou know’st he hath died in my place.

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.

178.

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.

3

4

Beyond this vale of tears

There is a life above,
Unmeasur’d by the flight of years,

And all that life is love.
There is a death whose pang

Outlasts the fleeting breath ;
O! what eternal horrors hang

Around the “ second death !"
Lord God of truth and grace!

Teach us that death to shun;
Lest we be banish'd from thy face,

And evermore undone.

5

6

Here would we end our quest;

Alone are found in Thee,
The life of perfect love,—the rest

Of immortality.

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,
Come, with your guilt and fear opprest,

And make this last resolve:
2 “I'll go to Jesus, though my sin

“ Hath like a mountain rose,
“ I know his courts, I'll enter in,

“ Whatever may oppose.
3 “ Prostrate I'll lie before his throne,

And there my guilt confess;
6 I'll tell him I'm a wretch undone

“Without his sovereign grace.
4. “I'll to the gracious King approach,

“ Whose sceptre pardon gives;
Perhaps he may command my touch,

“ 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;
“For, if I stay away, I know

“ I must for ever die.
7 “But if I die with mercy sought,

“When I the King have tried,
“This were to die-delightful thought !

" 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?
How in thy purer eyes appear ?

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 ?
Rivers of oil, and seas of blood,

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:
Though I to thee the whole resign,

I only give thee back thine own. 6 What have I then wherein to trust?

I nothing have, I nothing am;
Excluded is my every boast;
My glory swallow'd

up

in shame. 7 Guilty I stand before thy face;

On me I feel thy wrath abide ;
'Tis just the sentence should take place,

'Tis just;—but O, thy Son hath died ! 8 Jesus, the Lamb of God, hath bled,

He bore our sins upon the tree !
Beneath our curse he bow'd his head;

'Tis finish'd! he hath died for me.
9 See, where before thy throne he stands,

And pours the’ all-prevailing prayer!
Points to his side, and lifts his hands,

And shows that I am graven there! 10 He ever lives for me to pray;

He
prays

that I with him may reign :
Amen, to what my Lord doth say!
Jesus, thou canst not pray in vain. .

197.
75.- Privileges of God's children.
1 BLESSED are the sons of God,

They are bought with Christ's own blood,
They are ransom'd from the grave;
Life eternal they shall have:

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