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A nobler mansion waits the just,
And Jesus has prepared the way. 274. L. M.
Makes his eternal counsels known;
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
To form our minds, to cheer our hearts ;
It bids the drooping saint revive.
And comfort yields to contrite souls ;
And guides us all our journey through.
Close to my heart, and near my eye,
And be my chosen heritage. 275.
The Gospel Trumpet.
And every heart rejoice ;
With an inviting voice.
That feed upon the wind,
To fill an empty mind, —
A soul-reviving feast,
The rich provision taste.
4 Ho ! ye that pant for living streams,
And pine away, and die, -
With springs that never dry.
Stand open night and day ;
And drive our wants away. 276.
His ministers to preach his word :
And spread the gospel of their Lord : 26 Go forth, ye heralds, in my name ;
Bid all the world my grace receive ;
And call them to repent and live. 3 “ The joyful news to all impart,
And teach them where salvation lies ;
And wipe the tear from weeping eyes. 4 “Be wise as serpents where you go,
But harmless as the peaceful dove,
That you 're commissioned from above. 5 “ All power is vested in my hands ;
I will protect you and defend ;
I 'm with you till the world shall end.” 277.
DODDRIDGE. Efficacy and Success of the Gospel. 1 MARK the soft-falling snow
And the diffusive rain !
5 " Allohu protect follow myorld
To heaven, from whence it fell,
It turns not back again ;
The hills and valleys shine,
By Providence divine :
“My gospel shall descend,
The purpose I intend ;
Watts Excellency of the Christian Religion. 1 LET everlasting glories crown
Thy head, my Saviour and my Lord ;
And stored the blessings in thy word.
Some solid ground to rest upon ;
Till we apply to Christ alone.
How wise and holy thy commands !
How firm our hope and comfort stands ! 4 Should all the forms that men devise
Assault my faith with treacherous art,
And bind the gospel to my heart.
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HAWES. Come and welcome. 1 FROM the cross uplifted high, Where the Saviour deigns to die, What melodious sounds we hear, Bursting on the ravished ear !“Love's redeeming work is done ;
Come and welcome, sinner, come.
See, with richest dainties stored ;
Lo! I come, your Saviour, Friend,
Come and welcome, sinner, come.”
BARBAULD. The Invitations of the Gospel. 1 COME ! said Jesus' sacred voice,
Come, and make my paths your choice :
Weary pilgrim, hither come!
Long hast borne the proud world's scorn,
Seek for ease, but seek in vain :
4 Ye, by fiercer anguish torn,
In remorse for guilt who mourn ;
Conscience wounded, who can bear ? 5 Sinner, come ! for here is found
Balm that flows for every wound ;
Rest eternal, sacred, sure. 281. C. M.
In everlasting bands,
With eager hearts and hands.
And seek his favor there,
And offer fervent prayer.
The blessings of his grace ;
Their men’ry e'er efface.
To seek their fathers' God,
Their fathers' feet have trod. 282.
Dodbridge. Religion the one Thing needful. 1 WHY do we waste in trilling cares
The lives divine compassion spares,
The one thing needful is forgot ?