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Christ and Christianity.
206. S. M. WATTS.
The excellency of the gospel. 1 BEHOLD! the morning sun
Begins his glorious way;
And life and light convey.
It spreads diviner light,
And gives the blind their sight.
How perfect is thy word !
And all thy judgments just :
And men securely trust. 4
My gracious God! how plain
Are thy directions giv'n! O may I'never read in vain,
But find the path to heav'n! 5
While with my heart and tongue
I spread thy praise abroad, Accept the worship and the song, My Father and my Gop.
207. P. M. WATTS.
The same subject. 1 I LOVE the volumes of thy word: What light and joy those leaves afford
To souls benighted and distrest! Thy precepts guide my doubtful way; Thy fear forbids my feet to stray ;
Thy promise leads my heart to rest.
These are my study and delight:
Appears so pleasing to the sight. 3 Thy threat'nings wake my slumb’ring eyes, And warn me where my danger lies;
But 'tis thy blessed gospel, LORD! That makes my guilty conscience clean, Converts my soul, subdues my sin,
And gives a free but large reward. 4 Who knows the errors of his thoughts ? My God! forgive my secret faults,
And from presumptuous sins restrain; Accept my poor attempts of praise, That I have read thy book of grace,
And book of nature not in vain.
208. L. M. Watts. The excellency of the christian religion. i GREAT GOD ! how well thy truths agree!
How wise and holy thy commands !
How firm our hope and comfort stands ! 2 Though we should trace the globe around,
And ev'ry diff'rent system scan,
So just to God, so safe to man.
209. C. M. WATTS.
Praise for the gospel.
New honours be addrest!
And makes the nations blest.
grace The Gentiles make his name their trust,
And learn his righteousness.
With all her diff'rent tongues ;
In melody and songs.
210. P. M. SALISBURY COLLECTION.
Praise to the God of our salvation. 1 HAIL the God of our salvation !
Triumph in redeeming love;
Imitate the blest above.
Border'd on the shades of death,
Scatter'd all the clouds beneath. 3 Father ! thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Praise him ev'ry thankful heart. 4 Joyfully on earth adore him,
Till in heav'n we take our place;
211. L. M. DODDRIDGE. The christian scheme of salvation worthy of
The Great Original of all;
Our sure support, our glorious end. 2 We praise that wise, that wondrous grace
That pitied our revolted race,
And Jesus, our victorious head,
The captain of salvation made. 3 He, thine eternal love decreed,
Should many sons to glory lead;
A colony to people heav'n.
Encounter'd agony and shame;
Was by his suff'rings made complete. 5 A scene of wonders here we see,
Worthy thy son, and worthy thee;
212. C. M. Watts.
The blessings of the gospel. 1 BLEST are the souls that hear and know
The gospel's joyful sound;
And light their steps surround.
Through God's eternal name ; His promises exalt their hope;
And who shall dare condemn ? 3 The LORD, our glory and defence,
Strength and salvation gives :
Thy God for ever lives.