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"I gave the flood a firm decree,
"In its own bounds to keep.]

6 "Upon the empty air,

"The earth was balanc'd well; "With joy I saw the mansion, where "The sons of men should dwell.

"My busy thoughts at first,
"On their salvation ran,

"Ere sin was born, or Adam's dust
"Was fashion'd to a man.

08 "Then come, receive my grace, "Ye children, and be wise;

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"Happy the man who keeps my ways,
"The man, who shuns them, dies."]
HYMN 93. L. M. Islington. [*b]
Christ obeyed or resisted. Prov. viii, 34-36.
HUS saith the Wisdom of the Lord,


"Blest is the man, who hears my word; "Keeps daily watch before my gates, "And at my feet for mercy waits.

o 2 "The soul that seeks me shall obtain "Immortal wealth, and heav'nly gain ;' "Immortal life is his reward,

"Life, and the favour of the Lord.

e 3" But the vile wretch who flies from me, "Does his own soul an injury;


a Fools, who against my grace rebel,

"Seek death, and love the road to hell."

HYMN 94. C. M. Reading. [b*]

Justification: or, Law and Grace. Rom. iii, 19-22. "AIN are the hopes, the sons of men


VAIN are thave built,

Their hearts by nature are unclean,

And all their actions guilt.

e 2 Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths,
Without a murm'ring word;

And the whole race of Adam stand,
Guilty before the Lord.

-3 In vain we ask God's righteous law,
To justify us now;

Since to convince, and to condemn,
Is all the law can do.

o 4 Jesus, how glorious is thy grace,
When in thy name we trust!
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just.


HYMN 95. C. M.

St. Martin's. [*]

Regeneration. John i, 13, and iii, 3, &c.
TOT all the outward forms on earth,

Nor rites that God has giv'n,

Nor will of man, nor blood, nor birth,
Can raise a soul to heav'n.

2 The sov'reign will of God alone
Creates us heirs of grace;

Born in the image of his Son,

A new peculiar race.

b 3 The Spirit, like some heav'nly wind,
Blows on the sons of flesh;
New models all the carnal mind,
And forms the man afresh.

o 4 Our quicken'd souls awake, and rise
From the long sleep of death;

• On heav'nly things we fix our eyes, And praise employs our breath.

HYMN 96. C. M

York. [b*]

Election excludes Boasting. 1 Cor. i, 26-31.

UT few among the carnal wise,


But few of noble race,

Obtain the favour of thine eyes,

Almighty King of grace.

2 He takes the men of meanest name,
For sons and heirs of God;

And thus he pours abundant shame
On honourable blood.

3 He calls the fool, and makes him know
The myst❜ries of his grace;

To bring aspiring wisdom low,

And all its pride abase.

4 Nature has all its glories lost,

When brought before his throne ; No flesh shall in his presence boast, But in the Lord alone.]

HYMN 97. L. M. Brentford. [*]

Christ our Wisdom, Righteousness, &c. 1 Cor. i, 30. URY'D in shadows of the night,


B We lie-till Christ restores the light;

o Wisdom descends to heal the blind,

And chase the darkness of the mind. p 2 Our guilty souls are drown'd in tears, 'Till his atoning blood appears:

Then we awake from deep distress,

e 3 Our very frame is mix'd with sin;
-His Spirit makes our natures clean,
Such virtues from his sufferings flow,
At once to cleanse, and pardon too.
e 4 Jesus beholds where Satan reigns,
Binding his slaves in heavy chains:
He sets the pris'ners free, and breaks
The iron bondage from our necks.
e 5 Poor helpless worms in thee possess
Grace, wisdom, pow'r, and righteousness;
Thou art our mighty All-and we
Give our whole selves, O Lord, to thee.

HYMN 98. S. M.



The same.

Aylesbury. [b]

TOW heavy is the night,

That hangs upon our eyes;

-Till Christ, with his reviving light,
Over our souls arise?

e 2 Our guilty spirits dread


To meet the wrath of heav'n; But in his righteousness array'd, We see our sins forgiv'n.

3 Unholy and impure,

Are all our thoughts and ways; -His hands infected nature cure, With sanctifying grace.

4 The pow'rs of hell agree,

To hold our souls in vain ;

o He sets the sons of bondage free, And breaks the cursed chain.

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Thy sov'reign pow'r, thy healing grace,
And thine atoning blood.]

HYMN 99. C. M.

York. [*]

Matt. iii, 9.

Stones made Children of Abraham.


AIN are the hopes, that rebels place,
Upon their birth and blood;

Descended from a pious race,

Their fathers now with God.

2 He from the caves of earth and hell,
Can take the hardest stones,

And fill the house of Abraham well,
With new created sons.

3 Such wondrous pow'r does he possess,
Who form'd our mortal frame;
Who call'd the world from emptiness-
The world obey'd, and came.


HYMN 100. L. M. Bath. [*]
Believe, and be saved. John iii, 16, 17, 18.
1 TOT to condemn the sons of men,
Did Christ the Son of God appear⚫
No weapons in his hands are seen,
No flaming sword, nor thunder there.
e 2 Such was the pity of our God,
He lov'd the race of man so well,
He sent his Son, to bear our load
Of sins, and save our souls from hell.
-3 Sinners, believe the Saviour's word,
Trust in his mighty name, and live;
o A thousand joys his lips afford,

His hands a thousand blessings give.
e 4 But vengeance and damnation lies
On rebels who refuse his grace;
Who God's eternal Son despise,
The hottest hell shall be their place.]

HYMN 101. L. M. Oporto. Moreton. [*]

Joy in Heaven for a repenting Sinner. Luke xv, 7, 10.

THO can describe the joys that rise,

• 1 WHO

Through all the courts of Paradise,

To see a prodigal return,

To see an heir of glory born?

-2 With joy the Father does approve
The fruit of his eternal love;

The Son with joy looks down, and sees
The purchase of his agonies.

3 The Spirit takes delight to view
The holy soul he form'd anew;
• And saints and angels join to sing
The growing empire of their King.


HYMN 102. L. M.

Green's. [*]

The Beatitudes. Matt. v, 2-12. OLEST are the humble souls, who see

B Their emptiness and poverty;

• Treasures of grace to them are giv'n,
And crowns of joy laid up in heav'n.
a 2 Blest are the men of broken heart,
Who mourn for sin with inward smart;
-The blood of Christ divinely flows,

A healing balm for all their woes.
e 3 Blest are the meek, who stand afar
From rage and passion, noise and war;
o God will secure their happy state,

And plead their cause against the great. e 4 Blest are the souls who thirst for grace, Hunger and long for righteousness;

o They shall be well supply'd and fed,
With living streams and living bread.
a 5 Blest are the men, whose bowels move,
And melt with sympathy and love;
-From Christ the Lord shall they obtain
Like sympathy and love again.

e 6 Blest are the pure, whose hearts are clean From the defiling pow'r of sin;

• With endless pleasure, they shall see
A God of spotless purity.

e7 Blest are the men of peaceful life,
Who quench the coals of growing strife;
• They shall be call'd the heirs of bliss,
The sons of God, the God of peace.
-8 Blest are the suff'rers, who partake
Of pain and shame for Jesus' sake;
u Their souls shall triumph in the Lord;
g Glory and joy are their reward.

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