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2 O let my soul to life restor’d,
Thy love in lasting hymns record,
And make thy great salvation mine. 3 Thine eyes in me the sheep behold,
Whose feet have wander'd from the fold,
To find its safe retreat again:-
The shepherd's well-known voice may hear; Now, as the tempests round it blow,
In plaintive accents vents its wo. 5 Great Ruler of this earthly ball,
Do thou my erring steps recall:
S.M.-Hope reviving. 1 AND shall I sit alone,
Oppress'd with grief and fear;
And he refuse to hear? 2 If he my Father be,
His pity he will shew;
And inward peace bestow. 3 If still he silence keep,
'Tis but my faith to try;
And softens every sigh,
Nor once indulge despair;
As his compassions are,
212. C.M.- Backsliding Israel invited to return to God. Jer. iii. 12, 13. 1 BACKSLIDING Israel, hear the voice
Of thy forgiving God,
The terrors of the rod.
" An unexhausted stream;
“ Its sway is still supreme.
ss And mourn thy sins in dust, “ And soon thy trembling heart shall learn
“ To hope, and love, and trust.”
And, prostrate at thy feet,
A pardon there to meet.
C.M.- The Backslider recollecting himself in his Affliction.
Hosea ii. 6, 7.
That we may learn his fear.
And builds a wall around,
In sin's forbidden ground.
Our fond address despise,
With pity in his eyes.
And seek his tender breast;
When there you found your rest.
5 Behold, O Lord, we fly to thee,
Though blushes veil our face, Constrain'd our last retreat to seek, In thy much-injur'd grace.
214. C.M.- The Lamentation of a Sinner, 1 O LORD, turn not thy face away
From them that lowly lie, Lamenting sore their sinful life,
With tears and bitter cry!
To them that mourn their sin;
But let us enter in!
For surely thou canst tell;
Thou knowest very well:
With tears we come to thee:
Fall at their father's knee.
The blessing which we crave! When thou dost know, before we speak,
The thing that we would have. 6 Mercy, O Lord—mercy we seek:
This is the total sum!
215. C.M.-Creatures vain, and God the Salvation of his People. 1 HOW long shall dreams of creature bliss
Our flattering hopes employ,
With visionary joy?
Jer. ii, 23.
2 Why from the mountains and the hills
Is our salvation sought,
And Israel's God forgot?
Full in our daily view,
Our broken cisterns hew.
With gentle pity see;
And fix our souls on thee.
P.M.- The Backslider's Prayer.
And now made willing to return,
For thee, not without hope, I mourn;
A Friend before the Throne of Love. 2 O Jesus, full of truth and grace,
More full of grace than I of sin;
Open thine arms, and take me in!
And love the faithless sinner still. 3 Thou know'st the way to bring me back,
My fallen spirit to restore;
Forgive, and bid me sin no more:
And make my heart a house of prayer. 4 The stone to flesh again convert;
The veil of sin again remove:
And melt it by thy dying love!
This rebel heart by love subdue,
And make it soft, and make it new. 5 Give to mine eyes refreshing tears,
And kindle my relentings now; ;
To thy sweet yoke my spirit bow:
The iron sinew in my neck!
That trembles at the approach of sin:
Implant and root it deep within,
dread thy gracious power And never dare to' offend thee more.
217. C.M.-God's Complucency in his Thoughts of Peace towards his
People. Jer. xxix. 11.
And doth thine anger cease?
On what thy grace shall do?
Enjoy the distant view?
So kind a message send,
Wilt give the expected end? 4 Why droop our hearts? why flow our eyes,
While such a voice we hear? Why rise our sorrows and our fears,
While such a friend is near? 5 To all thy other favours add
A heart to trust thy word,
While resting on the Lord.