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3 What curses does the law denounce
Against the man that fails but once!
Pardoning the guilt of numerous years. 4 My soul, no more attempt to draw
Thy life and comfort from the law;
125 THE LAW AND GOSPEL JOINED IN S. M.
And keeps the world in awe;
Breaks out his fiery law. 2 The Lord reveals his face,
And smiling from above
The epistles of his love.
Our Maker's just commands ;
And vengeance of his hands. 4 Hence we awake our fear,
We draw our comfort hence;
And armour of defence.
5 We learn Christ crucified,
And here behold his blood :
Will do us little good.
We take the offered grace,
Obey the statutes of the Lord,
And trust his promises. 7 In vain shall Satan rage
Against a book divine,
Where beams of mercy shine.
RELIGION is the chief concern
Its sovereign virtue know!
Or aught the world bestows; Nor reputation, food or health,
Can give us such repose. 3 Religion should our thoughts engage,
Amidst our youthful bloom; 'Twill fit us for declining age,
And for the awful tomb.
His government to own.
Be joined with godly fear; And all my conversation prove
My heart to be sincere. 127 THE GOSPEL, A SOURCE OF BLESSEDNESS. C. M.
TOT to the terrors of the Lord,
Not to the thunder of that word,
Which God on Sinai spoke;
2 But we are come to Sion's hill,
The city of our God,
And spread his love abroad. 3 Behold the innumerable host
Of angels clothed in light; Behold the spirits of the just,
Whose faith is turned to sight.
4 Behold the blest assembly there,
Whose names are writ in heaven; And God, the judge of all, declares
Their vilest sins forgiven.
But one communion make;
And of his grace partake. 6 In such society as this
My weary scul would rest:
Must be for ever blest.
128 Perfection of the GOSPEL. L. M. THIS is the word of truth and love,
Sent to the nations from above:
What his almighty grace can do. 2 This remedy did wisdom find,
To heal diseases of the mind;
Restore the ruined creature, man. 3 The gospel bids the dead revive;
Sinners obey the voice and live:
Å Where Satan reigned in shades of night,
The gospel sheds a heavenly light;
And calms the rage of angry souls. 5 Lions and beasts of savage name,
Put on the nature of the Lamb;
Gaze and admire, and hate the change. 6 May but this grace my soul renew,
Let sinners gaze, and hate me too ;
129 FULNESS OF THE GOSPEL. L. M. GoT OD, in the gospel of his Son,
Makes his eternal counsels known; Where love in all its glory shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines. 2 Here sinners, of an humble frame,
May taste his grace, and learn his name;
The wisdom, power and grace of God.
The weary rest from all his pains;
The mourner find the way of peace. 4 Here faith reveals to mortal eyes
A brighter world beyond the skies :
From earth to realms of endless day. 5 O grant us grace, almighty Lord,
To read and mark thy holy word;
THE GOSPEL FEAST. C. M.
God will a feast prepare ;
Shall in the banquet share.
His bounteous hand bestows: Wine on the lees and well refined,
In rich abundance flows. 3 See, to the vilest of the vile
A free acceptance given !
Sit with the heirs of heaven.
To ease and health restored, With eager appetites partake
The bounties of thy board. 5 But O what draughts of bliss unknown,
What dainties shall be given, When, with the myriads round the throce,
We join the feast of heaven. 6 There joys immeasurably high
Shall satisfy the soul,
In thousand channels roll.
And draw me with the cords of love, And while the gospel does abound,
O may I know the joyful sound !
It brings to our apostate race: