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4 It is the sweetest sound

That infant ears delight to hear,
Travelling across the holy ground,

With God and angels near. 5 There rests the weary head,

There age and sorrow love to go;
And how it smooths the dying bed,
Oh! let the Christian show.

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1 How beauteous are their feet

Who stand on Zion's hill,
Who bring salvation on their tongues,

And words of peace reveal! 2 How happy are our ears

That hear this joyful sound !
Which Kings and Prophets waited for,

And sought, but never found. 3 How blessed are our eyes,

That see this heavenly Light!
Prophets and Kings desired it long,

And died without the sight.

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1 Father of mercies ! in Thy word

What endless glory shines !
For ever be Thy name adored

For these celestial lines.

2 Here, springs of consolation rise

To cheer the fainting mind;
And thirsty souls receive supplies,

And sweet refreshment find. 3 Here, the Redeemer's welcome voice

Spreads heavenly peace around;
And life and everlasting joys

Attend the blissful sound.

4 O may these heavenly pages be

My ever fresh delight;
And still new beauties may I see,

And still increasing light.

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1 Raise your triumphant songs

To an immortal tune;
Let the wide earth resound the deeds

Celestial grace hath done. . .2 Sing how eternal love

Its well-beloved chose,
And bade him raise our sinful race

From their abyss of woes.
3 Pardon and peace from heaven

Jesus proclaims abroad,
And brings to erring guilty man

Sure mercy from his God.


Now, sinners, dry your tears,

Let hopeless sorrow cease;
Bow to the sceptre of his love,

And take the offered peace.
Lord, we obey the call;

We lay a humble claim
To the salvation thou hast sent,

And love and praise thy name.


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1 Behold the Prince of Peace,

The chosen of the Lord ! God's well beloved son fulfils

The sure prophetic word. 2 No royal pomp adorns

This King of Righteousness : Lo! meekness, patience, truth, and love,

Compose his princely dress. 3 The spirit of the Lord

In rich abundance shed
On this great prophet gently lights,

And rests upon his head. 4 Jesus, thou light of men!

Thy doctrine life imparts ;
O may we feel its quickening power

To warm and glad our hearts !


Cheered by its beams, our souls

Shall run the heavenly way: The path which Christ hath marked and trod

Will lead to endless day.

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“Behold my servant, — I have put my spirit upon him."

1 Behold my servant! see him rise

Exalted in my might!
Him have I chosen, and in him

I place supreme delight.
2 Gentle and still shall be his voice:

No threats from him proceed :
The smoking flax he shall not quench,

Nor break the bruised reed.
3 The feeble spark to flames he 'll raise,

The weak will not despise : Judgment he shall bring forth to truth,

And make the fallen rise.
4 Asunder burst the gates of brass :

The iron fetters fall :
And gladsome light and liberty

Are straight restored to all.
5 Lo! former scenes, predicted once,

Conspicuous rise to view :
And future scenes, predicted now,

Shall be accomplished too.

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Mark the soft-falling snow,
And the diffusive rain ;
To heaven, from whence they fall,

They turn not back again,
But water earth through every pore,
And call forth all her secret store.

2 Arrayed in beauteous green,

The hills and vallies shine,
And man and beast are fed
By providence divine;
The harvest bows its golden ears,
The copious seed of future years.

. 3 So, saith the God of grace,

My gospel shall descend,
Almighty to effect

The purpose I intend;
Millions of souls shall feel its power,
And bear it down to millions more.

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1 The Spirit breathes upon the word,

And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford

A sanctifying light.

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