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6 On what has now been sown,
Thy blessing, Lord, bestow;
To make it, spring and grow :
XXVII. We are Ambassadors for Christ. 2 Cor. V. 20.
1 Thy message by the preacher seal,
And let thy pow'r be known,
The word is not his own.
Who dare thee to thy face,
And fought against thy grace.
And now by thee is sent;
And call them to repent.
The worst may be forgiv'n;
And make you heir of heav'n.
Your chief desires engage!
Your joy in hvary age.
May prove to some their last;
The day of grace be past..
• 7 Think, if you slight this embassy,
And will not warning take,
What answer will you make?
XXVIII. Paul's farewel Charge. Acts, xx. 26, 27. 1 When Paul was parted from his friends
· It was a weeping day;
And wip'd their tears away.
Secure no more to part,
And pleasure fills each heart.
3 Thus all the preachers of his grace
Their children soon shall meet;
And worship at his feet.
4 But they who heard the word in vain,
Though oft and plainly warn'd,
The ministers they scorn'd.
If any perish here;
Shall stand approv'd and clear.
6 Yet, Lord, to save themselves alone,
Is not their utmost view;
And save their hearers too.
XXIX. How shall I put thee among the Children?
Jer. iii. 19.
1 ALAS! by nature how deprav'd,
How prone to ev'ry ill !
How obstinate our will !
Such rebels reconcild !
To make a foe a child? 3 Yes, grace has found the wondrous means
Which shall effectual prove,
And teach our hearts to love. 4 Jesus for sinners undertakes,
And dy'd that they may live;
And cries aloud, “ Forgive.”
To bring us home to God,
And trample on his blood. 6 The Holy Spirit must reveal
The Saviour's work and worth;
new and heav'nly birth.
XXX. Winter &
I SEE, how rude winter's icy hand
Has stripp'd the trees and seal'd the ground! But spring shall soon his rage withstand,
And spread new beauties all around. 2 My soul a sharper winter mourns,
Barren and fruitless I remain;
And bid my graces grow again? 3 Jesus, my glorious Sun, arise!
'Tis thine the frozen heart to move; Oh! hush these storms, and clear my skies,
And let me feel thy vital love!
I faint and droop till thou appear;
Must it be winter all the year ?
Repose on what his promise saith.
Seasons their changing course maintain,
• Book iii. Hymn 31.
* Genesis, viii. 22,
XXXI. Waiting for Spring.
i Though cloudy skies, and northern blasts,
Retard the gentle spring a while;
And nature wear a vernal smile. 2 The promise which, from age to age, i
Has brought the changing seasons round,
Perfume the air, and paint the ground. 3 The virtue of that first command,
I know still does and will prevail,
4. Such changes are for us decreed;
Believers have their winters too;
And all their former life renew.
And each, in turn, his people know;
The other makes their graces grow. 6 Though like dead trees a while they seem,
Yet having life within their root,
Draws forth their blossoms, leaves, and fruit. 7 But if the tree indeed be dead,
It feels no change, though spring return;