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241. Boasting Excluded.
In all the acts of sov'reign grace
Free grace alone exalted is,
Since creature-deeds can't gain the crown,
From sin to God could sinners turn,
But where the sov'reign grace of God
His only hope is Jesu's blood,
Thus grace triumphant keeps the throne,
While mercy shines in Christ alone,
242. The Returned Prodigal.
WHEN to the Father's fond embrace
The Prodigal return'd,
The tears bedew'd his aged face,
With love his bosom burn'd.
He kiss'd him with a Father's love,
For him the fatted calf they slew,
In royal robes my son array, "For 'tis his Father's will; "Make no excuse, without delay, For he's a fav'rite still."
His shame, his folly, and his sin,
His thoughts, his ways, his acts unclean,
The guests surround the sumptuous board,
Nor feast without a song ;
Thus shall the Father's sov'reign grace,
With weeping to his throne.
And when from Satan's vile employ
The sinner hastes away,
The saints shall sing their hymns of joy, And keep a holy day.
243 Ye are all one in Christ. S. M.
From condemnation free,
In cov'nant, from of old,
Its bonds shall never break
With joy lift up your heads,
Ye highly favour'd few,
When thro' the earth destruction spreads,
For what shall injure you
When storms or tempests rise,
Or sins our peace assail,
Your hope in Jesus never dies,
"Tis cast within the vail.
Here let the weary rest,
Who love the Saviour's name ; Tho' with no sweet enjoyment blest, This cov'nant stands the same.
244. The Freeness and Fulness of God's Grace no Cloak to Licentiousness.
SHALL Israel's ransom'd race,
Abuse Jehovah's sov'reign grace,
What! shall the heirs of heav'n
To hell, from whence it came,
Whene'er by sin distress'd,
To Jesu's blood we go ;
245. The Building of Mercy completed. 8.8.6.
WHEN, mercy's building to complete,
Then shouting grace, the blood-wash'd throng,
Shall rend the vaulted skies.
Then shall the Church, while seraphs gaze,
Shall sound, in high immortal song,
grace, for ever sure,
This glorious fabric shall endure
In God's great will, the scheme was laid,
246. Jesus the Tree of Life. L. M. JESUS the Plant, of old renown'd, Whose sacred leaves are healing found; Throughout the world, we'll tell of thee, For thou art Life's fair Healing Tree.