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INSTRUCTIVE HYMNS.

PART I.

OF GOD THE CREATOR.

(The Hymns in Part I. correspond with those in Part II.)

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225. The Power of God in the Works of Creation.

V. 1. 7-10. or 1-6, 10.
1 NOW let a spacious world arise,

Said the Creator Lord;
At once th' obedient earth and skies

Rose at his soy'reign Word.
2 Dark was the deep, the waters lay

Confused, and drown'd the land;
He call’d the light, the new-born day

Attends on his command.
3 He bids the clouds ascend on high ;

The clouds ascend and bear
A watery treasure to the sky,

And float on softer air.
4 The liquid element below

Was gath'red by his hand ;
The rolling seas together flow,

And leave the solid land.
5 With herbs and plants, a flow’ry birth,

The naked globe he crown'd,
Ere there was rain to bless the earth,
Or sun to warm the ground.

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2 Deep in unfathomable mines,

Of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,

And works his sov'reign will.
3 Ye fearful saints fresh courage take,

The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break,

In blessings on your head.
4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust him for his grace ;
Behind a frowning providence,

He hides a smiling face.
5 His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower.
6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,

And he will make it plain.

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235.

The goodness of God.
1 YE humble souls approach your

With songs of sacred praise ;
For he is good, immensely good,

And kind are all his ways.
2 All nature owns his guardian care,

In him we live and move ;
But nobler benefits declare

The wonders of his love.
3 He gave his Son, his only Son,

To ransom rebel worms;
'Tis here he makes his goodness known,

In its diviner forms.
4 To this dear refuge, Lord, we come,

'Tis here our hope relies; A safe defence, a peaceful home, When storms of trouble rise.

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5 Thine eye beholds, with kind regard,

The souls who trust in thee;
Their humble hope thou wilt reward,

With bliss divinely free.
6 Great God! to thine almighty love,

What honours shall we raise ?
Not all the raptured songs above

Can render equal praise.
236. The wisdom of God displayed in the harmony

of his attributes.
1 FATHER, how wide thy glory shines !

How high thy wonders rise!
Known through the earth by thousand signs,

By thousands through the skies.
2 But when we view thy great design

To save rebellious worms,
Where vengeance and compassion join,

In their divinest forms,
3 Our thoughts are lost in reverend awe,

We love, and we adore ;
The first Archangel never saw

So much of God before.
4 Here the whole Deity is known,

Nor dares a creature guess
Which of the glories brightest shone,

The justice or the grace.
5 Now the full glories of the Lamb

Adorn the heavenly plains ;
Bright cherubs learn Immanuel's name,

And try their choicest strains. 60 may I bear some humble part,

In that immortal song ;
Wonder and joy shall tune my heart,

And love command my tongue. 237.

Mercy,
1 COME let us lift our joyful eyes

Up to the courts above,
And smile to see our Father there,
Upon a throne of love !

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2 Once 'twas a seat of dreadful wrath,

And shot devouring flame;
Our God appear'd consuming fire,

And vengeance was his name.
3 Rich were the drops of Jesus' blood,

That calm'd his frowning facet;
That sprinkled o'er the burning throne,

And turn'd the wrath to grace.
4 Now we may bow before his feet,

And venture near the Lord;
No fiery cherub guards his seat,

Nor double flaming sword.
5 The peaceful gates of heavenly bliss

Are opend by the Son;
High let us raise our notes of praise,

And reach th’ Almighty's throne.
6 To thee ten thousand thanks we bring,

Great Advocate on high;
And glory to the eternal King,

Who lays his anger by.
238.

The condescending love of God.
1 THUS saith the high and lofty One,

I sit upon my holy throne;
My name is God, 'I dwell on high,

Dwell in my own eternity.
2 But I descend to worlds below,

On earth I have a mansion too ;
The humble spirit and contrite

Is an abode of my delight.
3 The humble soul my words revive,

I bid the mourning sinner live;
Heal all the broken hearts I find,

And ease the sorrows of the mind.
4 When I contend against their sin,

I make them know how vile they've been ;
But should my wrath for ever smoke,

Their souls would sink beneath my stroke.
He himself so loved the world, in the first instance, as to give his

+ V. 3. It is erroneous thus to represent God as implacable; only begotten Son for its redemption.

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5 O may thy pardoning grace be nigh,

Lest we should faint, despair, and die ;
Thus shall our better thoughts approve

The methods of thy chastening love. 239.

The Faithfulness of God.
1 BEGIN, my tongue, some heavenly theme,

And speak some boundless thing;
The mighty work, or mightier name,

Of our eternal King
2 Tell of his wondrous faithfulness,

And sound his power abroad;
Sing the sweet promise of his grace,

And the performing God.
3 Proclaim salvation from the Lord,

For wretched dying men;
His hand has writ the sacred word,

With an immortal pen.
4 Engraved, as in eternal brass,

The mighty promise shines ;
Nor can the powers of darkness 'rase

Those everlasting lines.
5 His every word of grace is strong,
As that which built the skies

; The voice that rolls the stars along,

Speaks all the promises.
240. God's message to man by his anointed, the

Lord Messiah.
1 LET every mortal ear attend,

And every heart rejoice;
The trumpet of the Gospel sounds,

With an inviting voice.
2 Ho! all ye hungry fainting souls,

That feed upon the wind,
And rainly strive, with earthly toys,

To fill an empty mind;
3 Eternal wisdom hath prepared

A soul-reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetites
The rich provision taste.

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