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2 When the Lord was crucified,

Two transgressors with him died ;
One, with vile blaspheming tongue,

Scoffed at Jesus as he hung.
3 Thus he spent his wicked breath,

In the very jaws of death ;
Perished as too many do,

With the Saviour in his view.
4 But the other, touched with grace,

Saw the danger of his case;
Faith received to own the Lord,

Whom the scribes and priests abhorred. 5 “Lord,” he prayed, “ remember me,

When in glory thou shalt be.”
“ Soon with me,” the Lord replies,

“ Thou shalt rest in paradise.'
6 This was wondrous grace indeed,
Grace bestowed in time of need.
Sinners, trust in Jesus' name,

You shall find him still the same. 74 REPENTANCE FLOWING FROM THE PATIENCE C. M.

OF GOD.
AN
ND are we wretches yet alive?

And do we yet rebel ?
'Tis boundless, 'tis amazing love,

That bears us up from hell.
2 The burden of our weighty guilt

Would sink us down to flames,
And threatening vengeance rolls above,

To crush our feeble frames.
3 Almighty Goodness cries, Forbear!

And straight the thunder stays:
And dare we now provoke his wrath,

And weary out his grace ?

4 Lord, we have long abused thy love,

Too long indulged our sin,
Our aching hearts e’en bleed to see

What rebels we have been.
5 No more, ye lusts, shall ye command,

No more will we obey ;
Stretch out, O God, thy conquering hand,

And drive thy foes away.

REGENERATION

AND

CONVERSION

75 NECESSITY OF REGENERATION.

C. M.
SIN
INNERS, this solemn truth regard;

Hear, all ye sons of men:
For Christ the Saviour hath declared,

"Ye must be born again.”
2 Whate'er might be your birth or blood,

The sinner's boast is vain;
Thus saith the glorious Son of God,

Ye must be born again.”
3 Our nature 's totally depraved;

The heart a sink of sin:
Without a change we can't be saved;

We must be born again.
4 Spirit of life, thy grace impart,

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,
And knew not where to go;
Eternal truth did loud proclaim,
“ The sinner must be born again,

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.
5 But while I thus in anguish lay,
The gracious Saviour passed this way,

And felt his pity move;
The sinner, by his justice slain,
Now by his grace is born again,

And sings redeeming love.

C. M.

77 NEED OF SPIRITUAL RENOVATION.

OW helpless guilty nature lies,

Unconscious of her load !
The heart unchanged can never rise

To happiness and God.
2 Can aught beneath a power divine,

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 ;
4 To chase the shades of death away,

And bid the sinner live:
A beam of heaven, a vital ray,

'Tis thine alone to give.
5 Renew these wretched hearts of ours,

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:
We would defile our hearts no more,

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:
Born in the image of his Son,

A new peculiar race.
3 The Spirit, like some heavenly wind,

Blows on the sons of flesh;
New models all the carnal mind,

And forms the man afresh.

4 Our quickened souls awake and rise

From the long sleep of death ;
On heavenly things we fix our eyes,

And praise employs our breath. 80 REGENERATION BY THE SPIRIT.

L. M.
LO
OOK down, O Lord, with pitying eye,

See Adam's race in ruin lie ;
Sin spreads its trophies o'er the ground,

And scatters slaughtered heaps around. 2 And can these mouldering corpses live ?

And can these perished bones revive ?
That, mighty God, to thee is known;

That wondrous work is all thy own. 3 Thy ministers are sent in vain,

To prophesy upon the slain;
In vain they call, in vain they cry,

Till thine almighty aid is nigh.
4 But if thy Spirit deign to breathe,

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,
Dead saints shall from their tombs arise,
And spring to life beyond the skies.

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