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C. M. Preciousness of the Bible. TTOW precious is the book divine, 1 By inspiration given ; Bright as a lamp its doctrines shine,

To guide our souls to heaven.
2 It sweetly cheers our drooping hearts,

In this dark vale of tears;
And life, and light, and joy imparts,

And banishes our fears. 3 This lamp, through all the tedious night

Of life, shall guide our way; Till we behold the clearer light

Of an eternal day. 684

C. M. Light upon the narrow path. PRIGHT was the guiding star that led, D With mild, benignant ray, The Gentiles to the lowly shed

Where the Redeemer lay. 2 But lo! the Scriptures' clearer light

Now points to his abode; It shines through sin and sorrow's night,

To guide us to our God. 3 O let us tread the narrow path,

While light and grace are given ; And thus escape the coming wrath,

And reign with him in heaven. 685

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The divine Interpreter. SPIRIT of Truth, essential God, D Who didst thine ancient saints inspire, Shed in their hearts thy love abroad,

And touch their hallow'd lips with fire: Our God from all eternity, World without end we worship thee.

2 Still we believe, almighty Lord,

Whose presence fills both earth and heaven, The meaning of the written word

Is by thy inspiration given;
Thou only dost thyself explain
The secret mind of God to man.
3 Come, then, divine Interpreter,–

The Scriptures to our hearts apply;
And, taught by thee, we God revere;

Him in three persons magnify: And still the triune God adore, Who was, and is, forever more. 686

S. M. The word of God, quick and powerful. MHY word, almighty Lord,

1 Where'er it enters in, Is sharper than a two-edged sword,

To slay the man of sin.
2 Thy word is power and life;

It bids confusion cease,
And changes envy, hatred, strife,

To love, and joy, and peace. 3 Then let our hearts obey

The gospel's glorious sound; And all its fruits, from day to day, · Be in us and abound.

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Delight in the word.
W HEN quiet in my house I sit,

W Thy book be my companion still;
My joy thy sayings to repeat,-

Talk o'er the records of thy will,
And search the oracles divine,
Till every heart-felt word be mine.

2 O may the gracious words divine,
· Subject of all my converse be ;
So will the Lord his foll’wer join,

And walk and talk himself with me:
So shall my heart his presence prove,
And burn with everlasting love.
3 Oft as I lay me down to rest,

O may the reconciling word
Sweetly compose my weary breast;

While on the bosom of my Lord
I sink in blissful dreams away,
And visions of eternal day.
4 Rising to sing my Saviour's praise,

Thee may I publish all day long ;
And let thy precious word of grace

Flow from my heart, and fill my tongue : Fill all my life with purest love, And join me to the church above. 688

L. M.
The Saviour seen in the Scriptures.
NOW let my soul, eternal King,

W To thee its grateful tribute bring;
My knee, with humble homage, bow;
My tongue perform its solemn vow.
2 All nature sings thy boundless love,
In worlds below, and worlds above;
But in thy blessed word I trace
Diviner wonders of thy grace.
3 There, what delightful truths I read!
There, I behold the Saviour bleed :
His name salutes my listning ear,
Revives my heart, and checks my fear.
4 There Jesus bids my sorrows cease,
And gives my lab’ring conscience peace;
Raises my grateful thoughts on high,
And points to mansions in the sky.

5 For love like this, O let my song,
Through endless years, thy praise prolong;
Let distant climes thy Name adore,
Till time and nature are no more.
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S. M.
Their universal difusion.
TESUS, the word bestow,-
J The true immortal seed;
Thy gospel then shall greatly grow,

And all our land o'erspread;
Through earth extended wide

Shall mightily prevail,
Destroy the works of self and pride,

And shake the gates of hell.
2 Its energy exert
: In the believing soul;
Diffuse thy grace through every part,

And sanctify the whole; Its utmost virtue show

In pure consummate love, . And fill with all thy life below,

And give us thrones above. 690

C. M. Revelation welcomed and disseminated. TTAIL, sacred truth! whose piercing rays II Dispel the shades of night; Diffusing o'er a ruin'd world

The healing beams of light. 2 Thy word, O Lord, with friendly a

Restores our wand'ring feet; Converts the sorrows of the mind

To joys divinely sweet.
3 O send thy light and truth abroad,

In all their radiant blaze;
And bid the' admiring world adore

The glories of thy grace.

FELLOWSHIP

COMMUNION OF SAINTS. 691

C. M. The universal bond of love. THE glorious universe around,

I The heavens with all their train, Sun, moon, and stars, are firmly bound

In one mysterious chain. 2 The earth, the ocean, and the sky,

To form one world agree; . Where all that walk, or swim, or fly,

Compose one family.
3 God in creation thus displays

His wisdom and his might,
While all his works with all his ways

Harmoniously unite.
4 In one fraternal bond of love,

One fellowship of mind,
The saints below and saints above

Their bliss and glory find. 5 Here, in their house of pilgrimage, i

Thy statutes are their song; There, through one bright, eternal age,

Thy praises they prolong.
6 Lord, may our union form a part

Of that thrice happy whole;
Derive its pulse from thee, the heart,

Its life from thee, the soul. 692

S. M. One in Christ Jesus. T ET party names no more

The Christian world o'erspread; Gentile and Jew, and bond and free,

Are one in Christ their Head.

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