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The shudd'ring rocks their heads recline, The mourning sun refus'd to shine,
When the Creator fell.
Shout, brethren, shout in songs
divine; He drank the gall to give us wine
To quench our parching thirst: Seraphs, advance your voices higher, Bride of the Lamb, unite the choir,
And laud thy precious Christ.
69. A dying Saviour. STRETCH'D on the cross, the Saviour dies; Hark! his expiring groans
arise ! See, from his hands, his feet, his side, Runs down the sacred crimson tide! But life attends the deathful sound, And flows from ev'ry bleeding wound; The vital stream how free it flows, To save and cleanse his rebel foes ! To suffer in the traitor's place, To die for man, surprising grace! Yet pass rebellious angels by; O why for man, dear Saviour, why? And didst thou bleed, for sinners bleed? And could the sun behold the deed ? No, he withdrew his sickening ray, And darkness veil'd the mourning day,
Can I survey this scene of woe,
'Twas on that dark, that doleful night,
When pow'rs of earth and hell arose Against the Son of God's delight,
And friends betray'd him to his foes.
Before the mournful scene began,
He took the bread, and bless'd, and brake: What love thro' all his actions ran !
What wond'rous words of grace he spake!
• This is my body, broke for sin;
• Receive and eat the living food.' Then took the cup, and bless'd the wine; « This the new cov'nant in
blood : Do this (he cry'd) till time shall end,
• In niem’ry of your dying friend; • Meet at my table, and record
• The love of your departed Lord.'
76. Godly Sorrow at the Cross. Alas! and did my Saviour bleed ?
And did my Soy'reign die ?
For such a worm as I?
He groan'd upon the tree?
And love beyond degree!
And shut his glories in,
For man the creature's sin.
While his dear cross appears,
heart in thankfulness,
The debt of love I owe:
'Tis all that I can do.
13:32 * 177 Calvary. LAMB of God, whose bleeding love
We now recal to mind, Send the answer from above,
And let us mercy find :
Think on us, who think on thee,
And ev'ry hurthen'd soul release : O remember Calvary,
And bid us go in peace. By thine agonizing pain,
And bloody sweat, we pray,
Take all our sins away;
From all iniquity release:
The sinner's pardon seal;
And all our sickness heal;
Bid all our griefs and troubles cease ;
'Till thou our wants relieve, Write salvation on our heart,
And all our sins forgive;
While passing through this wilderness, O remember Calvary,
And bid us go in peace.
THE RESURRECTION AND ASCEN
SION OF CHRIST.
78. Sabbath-day. AWAKE, our drowsy souls, Shake off each slothful band, The wonders of this day
At thy approaching dawn
Its dark domains confin'd:
All hail, triumphant Lord,
Thy praise responsive sings :
Gird on, great God, thy sword,
Maintain the glorious war :