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If we are but inclin'd
15 Therefore I'll humbly cleave To make confession
Creator, Of all our sinfulness,
Who, that my soul might live, His great compassion
nature ; Prompts him to grant us peace, Redeem'd me by his blood, And consolation,
And bitter passion;
Thanks to the Lamb of God
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WHEN rising winds, and rain deProves, they shall certainly
scending, Rise to perfection.
A near approaching storm declare, 4 My portion is the Lord,
With trembling speed their wings ex. I seek his favor;
lending, : And in his name and word
The birds to hollow trees repair; Confide for ever.
Thus I, in faith with sin oppressed, Nought in the world to me
My refuge take, O Christ to thee; Can yield such pleasure,
Thy wounds, my hiding-place most As to be found in thee,
blessed, O Christ, my Treasure!
From ev'ry evil shelter me,
XVI. Of the FORGIVENESS of SINS.
4 Should any virtuous seem to be,
And blameless from his infancy, JESUS, our glorious Head and Chief, And scarcely ever have been try'd Dear Object of our hearts' belief,
By avarice, by lust, or pride, O let us in thy nail-prints see
And therefore think, “ I am a child of Our pardon and election free;
God' And, while we view by faith thy pier- He's deaf and blind, and quite misced side,
takes the road. Call thee our Lord and God, who for us dy'd.
5 All those who, thro' a beam of light,
Can see and own they are not right, 2 The doctrine of Christ's blood and
But enter on a legal strife, death,
Amend their former course of life, Imparting life to us thro' faith,
And toil & labor hard from day to day;
Such also miss to happiness the way.
Bewail the vileness of their heart, Of this the ransom'd sing before God's Mourning because of unbelief, throne.
Of sinners deem themselves the chief,
Despairing of their self-made righte3 While human nature doth exist,
ousness, While Jesus reigns as Lord and Christ, They maydepend on Jesus'saving grace. So long of the whole gospel this From first to last the substance is ; 7 To such he saith, " Arise and live, All, to whom God his counsel doth I freely all thy sins forgive, reveal,
I have redeem'd thee, thou art mine, To this as truth divine can set their seal. Thyself in faitb to me resign;
Obey my voice, and walk in all my 2 The holy, spotless Lamb of God, ways,
Who freely gave his life and blood, I'll grant to thee in heav'nly realms a For all my num'rous sins tatone, place."
I for my Lord and Saviour own.
4 Therefore my Saviour's blood & death
Is here the substance of
5 For should I e'er so faithful
prove, These are combin'd in ev'ry heart
Serve mykind Lord with zeal and love, That in Christ's merits hath a part;
And spend my life for him I serve, No more, for want of strength, good Nore'er from his commandments motions die,
swerye; Since Jesus gives us constant victory.
6 Yet when Saviour I shall see,
Then shall I have this only plea:
" Here is a sinner, who would fain
Believing in Christ's righteousness; And if we do, we praise bis holy name. And all the ransom'd saints in light, 11 Should self-complacency take place, In this blest song of praise unite: When we review our faithfulness,
8' “ All pow'r and glory doth pertain We're soon with inward shame bow'd Unto the Lamb, for he was slain; down,
And hath redeem'd us by his blood,
And madeus kingsand Priests to God."
This doctrine firmly I'll maintain;
And both in word and deed proclaim
10 Lord Jesus Christ, all praise to thee! How they may true obedience pay
That thou didst deign a man to be,
11 O King of glory, Christ the Lord!
Let all the world thy mercy see,
And bless those who believe in thee.
Arrayed with thy righteousness.
When Christ himself to us doth mani
fest, GRACE! grace! O that's a welcome And we in him find comfort, peace, sound !
and rest! A joyful sound to all, Who clearly see, and deeply feel 2 When in the soul this blessed truth The mis'ry of the fall:
resounds, Who rightly know the wretched state That in Christ's death, for sinners life Of sinners void of grace,
abounds; Ere Christ selects them to enjoy
Oh, how doth this refresh the fainting In heav'nly realms a place.
heart, 2 Grace ! howexceeding great to those And bid all anxious doubts and fears Who ready to despair,
depart. Asham'd confess, and truly know 3 For such poor sinners, who of nought
How vile and weak they are ! can boast, Yetgrace, freegrace, most sweetly calls, who think themselves irreparably - Directly come, who will,
lost. Just as you are, for Christ receives
Who groan beneath sin's heavy galling Poor helpless sinners still."
mb of Go 3 All we, who now are his, were first The
hath 'shed his pre.
cious blood. Deeply convinc'd of sin; Each felt the plague of his own heart 4 Virtue goes forth from him, he gives
The leprosy within :
confidence his Father to address, Thro' faith, to us were giv'n; And then we holdly may to all deThus we a happy people are,
clare, Joint-heirs with Christ of heav'n.
That we, thro' faith in Christ, God's 4. Now, dearest Lord, we inly pray,
WHEN a sinner in affliction Puor sinners still, who without thee
Mourneth on account of sin, Can nought think, act, or speak.
Feels the Spirit's deep conviction, 5 We thirst, O Lord; give us this day,
But no pow'r of faith within ; To taste more of thy grace,
2 While a flood of tears is gushing, More of that stream which from the rock • Where shall I find Jesus, where!"
Flow'd thro' the wilderness, While the troubled soul is wishing, 'Tis grace alone that feeds our souls, “O that he my Saviour were !"
Grace keeps us inly poor;
3 In a moment stands before us May rule us evermore!
Jesus with his pierced side;
Us from wrath to screen and hide.
4 Thus, the soul at once obtaineth O WHAT a depth of love and bound- Pardon from the sinner's Friend; less grace
To true happiness attaineth, . The gospel-light to sinful men displays, And to life which hath no end.
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15 Then we with pity look on those WHAT joy or honor could we have, Inviting them to turn to Christ,
Who still in darkness are,
And in his
mercy Our joy and honor were !
6 For we, thro grace, are taught to
think 2 Of nothing we have ever done
Each sinner that we see
May pardon, thro' Christ's precious
blood, Whose eyes are flames of fire.
Obtain, as well as we. 3 None is so holy, pure and just,
7 For Jesus' pardon, love and grace, So perfected in love,
Produce an humble shame,
And us excite with thankfulness
His goodness to proclaim.
WITH glorious clouds encompass'd 5. Weknow the righteousness complete
Whom angels dimly see,
Will God appear to me? 6 Weknow the Shepherd's love,who left
2 Will he forsake his throne above, The ninety-nine behind,
Himself to worms impart? And thro' the desart anxious went,
Answer thou Man of grief and love, The hundredth sheep to find.
And speak it to my heart! 7 To him poor sinners may appeal
3 In manifested love explain
Thy wonderful design;
What meant the suff'ring Son of man?
The streaming blood divine ?
4 Didst thou not in our flesh appear, HAPPY the souls who contrite are,
And live and die below,
That I might now perceive thee near,
Their own untoward heart; The wounds, which all my sorrows
That dear disfigur'd face.
Stand forth a slaughter'd Lamb;
Declare to me thy name.
And feel his blood applyido
8 I view the Lamb in his own light, 13 Sure never till my latest breath Whom angels dimly see:
Can I forget that look ; And gaze, transported at the sight, It seem'd to charge me with his death, To all eternity.
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4 My conscience felt,' and own'd the O CAN it be that I should gain
guilt, An int'rest in the Saviour's blood ?
And plung'd me in despair ;
sins his blood had spilt, Dy'd he for me, who caus’d his pain ?
And help'd to nail him there.
But now my tears are vain ; 2 'Tis myst'ry all; my Maker dies ! Where shall my trembling soul be hid? Who can explore his vast design?
For I the Lord have slain. In vain the highest seraph tries 6 A second look he gave, which said,
To sound the depths of love divine; "I freely all forgive; When this became my only plea This blood is for thy ransom paid, He freely pardon'd sinful me.
I die, that thou may'st live." 3 He left his Father's throne above,
7 Thus, while his death my sin displays So free, so infinite his grace!
In all its blackest hue, Compelld by everlasting love, (Such is the mystery of grace)
He bled for Adam's helpless race; It seals my pardon too. 'Tis mercy all, immense and free, I know that Jesus saved me.
8 With pleasing grief and mournfuljoy,
My spirit now is fillid, 4 Long my imprison'd spirit lay That I should such a life destroy,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night; Yet live by him I kill'd.
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NOT all the blood of beasts My chains fell off immediately,
On Jewish altars slain, I rose, went forth, my heart was free. Could give the guilty conscience peace, 5 No condemnation now I dread,
Or wash away the stain.
Takes all our sins
away; And cloth'd in righteousness divine, A sacrifice of nobler name, Now humbly I approach the throne, And richer blood than they. And claim the crown thro' Christ my 3. My faith would lay the hand
On that dear head of thine,
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And there confess
sin. IN evil long I took delight, 4 Lord, I look back to see Unaw'd by shame or fear,
The burdens thou didst bear, Till a new object struck my sight, When hanging on the shameful tree;
And stopp'd my wild career. And know my guilt was there. 2 I saw One hanging on a tree, 5 Believing we rejoice In agonies and blood,
Our curse he did remove; Who fix'd his languid eyes on me, Webless the Lamb with cheerful voice, As near his cross I stood.
And sing his bleeding love.