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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.
In this dark vale of tears;
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;
The Scriptures to our hearts apply;
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.
It bids confusion cease,
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 Thy book be my companion still;
Talk o'er the records of thy will,
2 O may the gracious words divine,
And walk and talk himself with me:
O may the reconciling word
While on the bosom of my Lord
Thee may I publish all day long ;
Flow from my heart, and fill my tongue : Fill all my life with purest love, And join me to the church above. 688
W To thee its grateful tribute bring;
5 For love like this, O let my song,
And all our land o'erspread;
Shall mightily prevail,
And shake the gates of hell.
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.
In all their radiant blaze;
The glories of thy grace.
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.
His wisdom and his might,
One fellowship of mind,
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.
Of that thrice happy whole;
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.