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2 When the Lord was crucified,
Two transgressors with him died ;
Scoffed at Jesus as he hung.
In the very jaws of death ;
With the Saviour in his view.
Saw the danger of his case;
Whom the scribes and priests abhorred. 5 “Lord,” he prayed, “ remember me,
When in glory thou shalt be.”
“ Thou shalt rest in paradise.'
You shall find him still the same. 74 REPENTANCE FLOWING FROM THE PATIENCE C. M.
And do we yet rebel ?
That bears us up from hell.
Would sink us down to flames,
To crush our feeble frames.
And straight the thunder stays:
And weary out his grace ?
4 Lord, we have long abused thy love,
Too long indulged our sin,
What rebels we have been.
No more will we obey ;
And drive thy foes away.
75 NECESSITY OF REGENERATION.
Hear, all ye sons of men:
"Ye must be born again.”
The sinner's boast is vain;
Ye must be born again.”
The heart a sink of sin:
We must be born again.
And breathe on sinners slain; Bear witness, Lord, in every heart,
That we are born again. 76 NECESSITY OF REGENERATION. L. C. M. AWAKED by Sinai's awful sound,
My soul in bonds of guilt I found,
Or sink to endless woe.”
2 When to the law I trembling fled, It poured its curses on my head,
I no relief could find; This fearful truth increased my pain, "The sinner must be born again,"
And whelmed my tortured mind.
3 Again did Sinai's thunder roll, And guilt lay heavy on my soul,
A vast oppressive load; Alas, I read and saw it plain, “ The sinner must be born again,
Or drink the wrath of God."
4 The saints I heard with rapture tell, How Jesus conquered death and hell,
And broke the fowler's snare; Yet when I found this truth remain, “ The sinner must be born again,"
I sunk in deep despair.
And felt his pity move;
And sings redeeming love.
77 NEED OF SPIRITUAL RENOVATION.
OW helpless guilty nature lies,
Unconscious of her load !
To happiness and God.
A stubborn will subdue ? 'Tis thine, eternal Spirit, thing
To form the heart anew.
3 'Tis thine the passions to recall,
And bid them upward rise ; To make the scales of error fall
From reason's darkened eyes ;
And bid the sinner live:
'Tis thine alone to give.
0! give us life divine ; Then shall our passions and our powers,
Almighty Lord, be thine. 78 NECESSITY OF REGENERATION. C. M. NOT the malicious nor profane,
, Nor thieves, nor slanderers shall obtain
The kingdom of our God. 2 Surprising grace! and such were we
By nature and by sin; Heirs of immortal misery,
Unholy and unclean. 3 But we are washed in Jesus' blood,
We're pardoned through his name, And the good Spirit of our God
Hath sanctified our frame. 4 0! for a persevering power,
To keep thy just commands:
No more pollute our hands. 79 REGENERATION BY THE SPIRIT. C. M. NOT
all the outward forms on earth,
Nor rites that God has given, Nor will of man, nor blood, nor birth,
Can raise a soul to heaven.
2 The sovereign will of God alone
Creates us heirs of grace:
A new peculiar race.
Blows on the sons of flesh;
And forms the man afresh.
4 Our quickened souls awake and rise
From the long sleep of death ;
And praise employs our breath. 80 REGENERATION BY THE SPIRIT.
See Adam's race in ruin lie ;
And scatters slaughtered heaps around. 2 And can these mouldering corpses live ?
And can these perished bones revive ?
That wondrous work is all thy own. 3 Thy ministers are sent in vain,
To prophesy upon the slain;
Till thine almighty aid is nigh.
Life spreads through all the realms of death, Dry bones obey thy powerful voice ;
They move, they waken, they rejoice. 5 So when thy trumpet's awful sound
Shall shake the heavens and rend the ground,