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A nobler mansion waits the just,

And Jesus has prepared the way. 274. L. M.

Excellence of the Gospel.
1 GOD, in the gospel of his Son,

Makes his eternal counsels known;
'T is here his richest mercy shines

And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
2 Wisdom its dictates here imparts,

To form our minds, to cheer our hearts ;
Its influence makes the sinner live ;

It bids the drooping saint revive.
3 Our raging passions it controls,

And comfort yields to contrite souls ;
It brings a better world in view,

And guides us all our journey through.
4 May this blest volume ever lie

Close to my heart, and near my eye,
Till life's last hour my soul engage,

And be my chosen heritage. 275.

C. M.

The Gospel Trumpet.
1 LET every mortal ear attend,

And every heart rejoice ;
The trumpet of the gospel sounds

With an inviting voice.
2 Ho ! all ye hungry, starving souls,

That feed upon the wind,
And vainly strive with earthly toys

To fill an empty mind, —
3 Eternal Wisdom has prepared

A soul-reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetites

The rich provision taste.


4 Ho ! ye that pant for living streams,

And pine away, and die, -
Here you may quench your raging thirst

With springs that never dry.
5 The happy gates of gospel grace

Stand open night and day ;
Lord, we are come to seek supplies,

And drive our wants away. 276.

L. M.

Gospel Mission
1 THUS spake the Saviour, when he sent

His ministers to preach his word :
They through the world obedient went,

And spread the gospel of their Lord : 26 Go forth, ye heralds, in my name ;

Bid all the world my grace receive ;
The gospel jubilee proclaim,

And call them to repent and live. 3 “ The joyful news to all impart,

And teach them where salvation lies ;
Bind up the broken, bleeding heart,

And wipe the tear from weeping eyes. 4 “Be wise as serpents where you go,

But harmless as the peaceful dove,
And let your heaven-taught conduct show

That you 're commissioned from above. 5 “ All power is vested in my hands ;

I will protect you and defend ;
Whilst thus you follow my commands,

I 'm with you till the world shall end.” 277.

H. M.

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 ;
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 :
The harvest bows | The copious seed
Its golden ears, of future years.
3 “So,” saith the God of grace,

“My gospel shall descend,
Almighty to effect

The purpose I intend ;
Millions of souls 1 And bear it down
Shall feel its power, To millions more."

L, M.

Watts Excellency of the Christian Religion. 1 LET everlasting glories crown

Thy head, my Saviour and my Lord ;
Thy hands have brought salvation down,

And stored the blessings in thy word.
2 In vain the trembling conscience seeks :

Some solid ground to rest upon ;
With long despair the spirit breaks,

Till we apply to Christ alone.
3 How well thy blesséd truths agree !

How wise and holy thy commands !
Thy promises, how firm they be !

How firm our hope and comfort stands ! 4 Should all the forms that men devise

Assault my faith with treacherous art,
I'd call them vanity and lies,

And bind the gospel to my heart.

279. 7s. M. 6 L.

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.
2 “ Spread for thee the festal board,

See, with richest dainties stored ;
To thy Father's bosom pressed,
Yet again a child confessed,
Never from his house to roam,
Come and welcome, sinner, come.
3 “ Soon the days of life shall end ;

Lo! I come, your Saviour, Friend,
Safe your spirits to convey
To the realms of endless day,
Up to my eternal home ;

Come and welcome, sinner, come.”
75. M.

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, tossed 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,

In remorse for guilt 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. 281. C. M.

Mutual Invitation.
1 COME, let us join our souls to God

In everlasting bands,
And seize the blessings he bestows

With eager hearts and hands.
2 Come, let us to his temple haste,

And seek his favor there,
Before his footstool humbly bow,

And offer fervent prayer.
3 Come, let us share, without delay,

The blessings of his grace ;
Nor shall the years of distant life

Their men’ry e'er efface.
4 O, may our children ever haste

To seek their fathers' God,
Nor e'er forsake the happy path

Their fathers' feet have trod. 282.

L. M.

Dodbridge. Religion the one Thing needful. 1 WHY do we waste in trilling cares

The lives divine compassion spares,
While, in the various range of thought,

The one thing needful is forgot ?
2 Our Father calls us from above,
Our Saviour pleads his dying love,


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