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4 Burst thy shackles ; drop thy clay;
P. M. The dying Christian to his soul. VITAL spark of heavenly flame,
V Quit, 7 quit this mortal frame. Trembling, hoping, ling’ring, flying, O the pain, the bliss of dying ! Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife, And let me languish into life. 2 Hark! they whisper: angels sav. Sister spirit, come away!
-What is this absorbs me quite, Steals my senses, shuts my sight, Drowns my spirit, draws my breath ? Tell me, my soul, can this be death ?
3 The world recedes : it disappears ; Heaven opens on my eyes; my ears
With sounds seraphic ring. Lend, lend your wings ! I mount ! I fly! O grave, where is thy victory?
death, where is thy sting?
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I The sacred leaves unfold;
Our raptured eyes behold.
Directs our doubtful feet; Here promises of heavenly love
Our ardent wishes meet. 3 Our num'rous griefs are here redress'd,
And all our wants supplied : Naught we can ask to make us blest
Is in this book denied.
That so enrich the mind,
ľ What endless glory shines; Forever be thy Name adored
For these celestial lines. 2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find;
And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast; Sublimer sweets than nature knows
Invite the longing taste. 4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around; And life, and everlasting joys,
Attend the blissful sound.
Our ever dear delight;
And still increasing light.
Be thou forever near;
And view the Saviour there.
C. M. Light and glory of the sacred page. W HAT glory gilds the sacred page!
Majestic, like the sun, It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none. 2 The power that gave it still supplies
The gracious light and heat ; Its truths upon the nations rise :
They rise, but never set.
For such a bright display,
With beams of heavenly day. 4 Our souls rejoicingly pursue
The steps of Him we love, Till glory break upon our view
In brighter worlds above.
C. M. The Spirits enlightening influences. NOME, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire ; U Let us thine influence prove;Source of the old prophetic fire ;
Fountain of life and love. 2 Come, Holy Ghost, for moved by thee
The prophets wrote and spoke : Unlock the truth, thyself the key;
Unseal the sacred book. 3 Expand thy wings, Celestial Dove;
Brood o'er our nature's night; On our disorder'd spirits move,
And let there now be light. 4 God, through himself, we then shall know,
If thou within us shine ;
The depths of love divine. 680
C. M. . The revealing Spirit. TATHER of all, in whom alone
T We live, and move, and breathe ; One bright, celestial ray dart down,
And cheer thy sons beneath. 2 While in thy word we search for thee,
(We search with trembling awe ;) Open our eyes, and let us see
The wonders of thy law. 3 Now let our darkness comprehend
The light that shines so clear; Now the revealing Spirit send,
And give us ears to hear. 4 Before us make thy goodness pass,
Which here by faith we know; Let us in Jesus see thy face,
And die to all below.
C. M. Perfection of the law and testimony. MHY law is perfect, Lord of light;
I Thy testimonies sure;
And thy commandment pure.
And make thy servant wise ; Let these be gladness to my ears,—
The dayspring to mine eyes. 3 By these may I be warn’d betimes;
Who knows the guile within ? Lord, save me from presumptuous crimes;
Cleanse me from secret sin. 4 So may the words my lips express,
The thoughts that throng my mind, O Lord, my strength and righteousness,
With thee acceptance find. 682
C. M. Safety in keeping God's precepts. TOW perfect is thy word, 11 Thy judgments all are just; And ever in thy promise, Lord,
May man securely trust. 2 I hear thy word in love;
In faith thy word obey;
To teach me, Lord, thy way. 3 Thy counsels all are plain,
Thy precepts all are pure;
Thy truth shall still endure. 4 O may my soul, with joy,
Trust in thy faithful word:
To keep thy precepts, Lord.