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To thy church and thee a stranger,
Pleas'd with what displeased thee; Lost, yet could perceive no danger,
Wounded, yet no wound could see,
Still thy calls repeated came,
Bearing my reproach and blame,
Whilst I view each pierced limb, Tears bedew the scourge's furrow,
Mingling with the purple stream, I no more at Mary wonder
Dropping tears upon the grave, Earnest asking all around her,
Where is he who dy'd to save? Dying love her heart attracted,
Soon she felt its rising pow'r; He who Mary thus affected
Bids his mourners weep no more,
29. Unchangeable Love. Our God, how firm his promise stands,
E'en when he hides his face,
His glory and his grace.
And part of heav'n possess’d,
And trust him for the rest,
Jesus, my God, I know his name,
Nor let my hope be lost.
Before his Father's face;
Assign my soul a place.
30. Unchangeable Love. L. M. When darkness long bas veild my mind,
And smiling day once more appears, Then, my Redeemer, then I find
The folly of my doubts and fears. Straight I upbraid my wand'ring heart,
And blush that I should ever be So prone to act so base a part,
And harbour one hard thought of thee. O let me then at length be taught
What still I am so slow to learn, That God is love, and changes not,
Nor knows the shadow of a turn, Sweet truth, and easy to repeat;
But when my faith is sharply try'd, I find myself a learner yet,
Unskilful, weak, and apt to slide. But oh! my Lord, one look from thee
Subdues the disobedient will, Drives doubt and discontent away,
And thy rebellious worm is still,
Thou art as willing to forgive
As I am ready to repine; Thou, therefore, all the praise receive, Be shame and self-abhorrence mine.
31. Amazing Love. C. M. Alas, and did my Saviour bleed!
And did my Sov'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, his creature's sin.
While thy dear cross appears;
And melt my eyes to tears.
That debt of love I owe;
O help me so to do.
We have a true Friend,
The same to the end;
Our comforts may vary,
Our frames may decline;
Our aid is divine.
To shew us his light,
Endure for a night;
Shall surely abound,
In Jesus is found.
And mountains remove,
O Fountain of love!
Our names on thy hands ;
The light of his face,
To save us by grace;
And still may reprove,
And ever will love.
To Jesus's name,
The song of the Lamb;
Shall joyfully praise,
Of glory and grace.
33. The same. 6. 8. O ,
MY distrustful heart,
How small thy faith appears! But greater, Lord, thou art
Than all my doubts and fears ; Did Jesus once upon me shine? Then Jesus is for ever mine. Unchangeable his will
Whatever be my frame, His loving heart is still
Eternally the same; My soul through many changes goes, His love no variation knows. Thou, Lord, wilt carry on,
And perfectly perform The work thou hast begun
In me a sinful worm; 'Midst all my fears, and sin, and woe, Thy Spirit will not let me go. The bowels of thy grace
At first did freely move,
And feel that God is love;