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Here love in all its glory shines, And truth is drawn in fairest lines. 2 Here sinners, of an humble frame, May taste his grace, and learn his name, May read, in characters of blood, The wisdom, power, and grace of God. 3 Here faith reveals to mortal eyes
A brighter world where we shall rise; Here shines the light which guides our way From earth to realms of endless day. 4 Oh! grant us grace, almighty Lord! To read and mark thy holy word; Its truths with meekness to receive, And by its holy precepts live.
L. M. WATTS.
The object of the Gospel.
1 THIS is the word of truth and love,
Sent to the nations from above:
Jehovah here resolves to show
What his almighty grace can do.
2 This remedy did wisdom find,
To heal diseases of the mind;
This sovereign balm, whose virtues can
Restore the ruined creature, man.
3 The gospel bids the dead revive;
Sinners obey the voice, and live:
Dry bones are raised, and clothed afresh,
And hearts of stone are turned to flesh
4 May but this grace our souls renew,
Let sinners gaze, and hate us too;
The word that saves us does engage
A sure defence from all their rage.
C. M. WATTS.
Salvation through Christ.
1 SALVATION! oh, the joyful sound!
'Tis pleasure to our ears;
A sov'reign balm for ev'ry wound,
A cordial for our fears.
Bury'd in sorrow, and in sin,
At hell's dark door we lay;
But we arise by grace divine
To see a heav'nly day.
3 Salvation! let the echo fly
The spacious earth around,
While all the armies of the sky
Conspire to raise the sound."
4 Salvation! O thou blessed Lamb,
To thee the praise belongs!
Salvation shall inspire our hearts,
And dwell upon our tongues.
S. M. DODDRIDGE.
Salvation by Grace.
1 GRACE!-'tis a charming sound!
Harmonious to the ear!
Heaven with the echo shall resound,
And all the earth shall hear.
2 Grace first contrived a way
To save rebellious man;
And all its steps that grace display
Which drew the wondrous plan.
3 Grace taught our roving feet
To tread the heavenly road
And new supplies each hour we meet,
While pressing on to God.
4 Grace all the work shall crown,
Through everlasting days:
It lays in heaven the topmost stone,
And well deserves the praise.
S. M. EPISCOPAL COLL.
THE Spirit, in our hearts,
Is whispering, "Sinner, come;"
The Bride, the church of Christ, proclaims
To all his children, "come!"
2 Let him that heareth say
To all about him, come!
Let him that thirsts for righteousness,
To Christ, the fountain, come!
3 Yes, whosoever will,
O let him freely come,
And freely drink the stream of life; 'Tis Jesus bids him come.
8s. 7s. JN. TAYLOR.
Benignity of God in the Gospel.
1 PRAISE to God, the great Creator!
Bounteous Source of every joy,
He, whose hand upholds all nature,
He, whose word can all destroy;
Saints, with pious zeal attending,
Now the grateful tribute raise;
Solemn songs to heaven ascending,
Join the universal praise.
2 Light of those, whose dreary dwelling
Bordered on the shades of death,
He, in Christ rich grace revealing,
Scattered all the clouds beneath.
Lo! th' eternal page before us
Bears the cov❜nant of his love,
Full of mercy to restore us,
Mercy beaming from above.
3 Father, source of all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Hail the God of our salvation;
Praise him, every thankful heart:
Joyfully on earth adore him,
Till in heaven our songs we raise;
There we'll cast our crowns before him,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
7s. MRS. BARBAULD.
The Invitations of the Gospel.
1 COME! said Jesus' sacred voice,
Come, and make my paths your choice:
I will guide you to your home,-
Weary pilgrim, hither come!
2 Thou who, houseless, sole, forlorn,
Long hast borne the proud world's scorn,
Long hast roamed the barren waste,
Weary pilgrim, hither haste!
3 Ye, who tost on beds of pain,
Seek for ease, but seek in vain :
Ye, whose swollen and sleepless eyes,
Watch to see the morning rise:
4 Ye, by fiercer anguish torn,
Guilt, in strong remorse, who mourn;
Here repose your heavy care:
Conscience wounded, who can bear?
5 Sinner, come! for here is found
Balm that flows for every wound;
Peace that ever shall endure;
Rest eternal, sacred, sure.
H. M. DODDRIDGE.
The Efficacy of the Gospel.
1 MARK the soft-falling snow,
And the descending rain!
To heaven from whence it fell,
It turns not back again;
But waters earth
And calls forth all
Through every pore, Her secret store.
2 Arrayed in beauteous green,
The hills and valleys shine,
And man and beast are fed
By providence divine:
Of future years.
3 "So," saith the God of grace,
"My gospel shall descend,"
Almighty to effect
The purpose I intend ;
And bear it down
To millions more."
S. M. Ev. LUTH. COLL.
Light and Redemption by the Gospel.
1 OUR souls revere the page
Where light and pardon shine;
And joy to tell the rising age,
What goodness, Lord! is thine,
2 That goodness, like the sun,
Dawned on our early days,
Ere infant reason had begun
To form our lips to praise,