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In suff'ring be Thy love my peace,
In weakness be Thy love my power ; And when the storms of life shall cease,
Jesu, in that important hour,
“ YET HAVE I MADE WITH HIM AN EVERLASTING
O Love! Thou bottomless abyss !
My sins are swallowed up in Thee ! Cover'd is my unrighteousness,
From condemnation I am free: For Jesu's blood, through earth and skies, “ Mercy, free boundless mercy!” cries.
By faith I plunge me in that sea :
Here are my hope, my joy, my rest ; Hither, when hell assaults, I flee
I look into my Saviour's breast : Away, sad doubts and anxious fear, Mercy is all that's written there!
Though waves and storms go o'er my head,
Though strength, and health, and friends be gone, Though joys be withered all and dead,
Though every comfort be withdrawn, -
Fix'd on this ground would I remain,
Though my heart fail and flesh decay ; This anchor shall my soul sustain,
When earth's foundations melt away: Mercy's full power I then shall prove, Loved with an everlasting love.
“O LORD, WHO IS LIKE UNTO THEE !”
Ou God, of good th' unfathom'd sea!
Who would not love Thee with his might,
With all his strength to Thee unite ?
Thou shin'st with everlasting rays ;
Angels with both wings veil their eyes ;
Diffusive, as Thy sun's, arise.
Astonish'd at Thy frowning brow,
Terrible majesty is Thine !
Than nothing am, till Thou art mine!
High thron’d on heaven's eternal hill,
Thou sweetly orderest all that is ;
Enthron’d, may reign in endless bliss !
Fountain of Good, all blessing flows
What but Thyself can’st Thou desire ?
This, only this, dost Thou require.
Primeval Beauty! in Thy sight,
See all their brightest glories fade : What then to me Thine eyes could turn ? In sin conceived, of woman born,
A worm, a leaf, a blast, a shade!
Hell's armies tremble at Thy nod,
Sov’reign of earth, hell, air, and sky! -But who is this that comes from far, Whose garments roll'd in blood appear?
'Tis God made man, for man to die.