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C. M.
The Spirit's enlightening influences.
COME, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire;

Let us thine influence prove-
Source of the old prophetic fire;

Fountain of life and love.
2 Come, Holy Ghost, for moved by thee
The prophets wrote and spoke :
Unlock the truth, thyself the key;

Unseal the sacred book.
3 Expand thy wings, Celestial Dove;

Brood o'er our nature's night;
On our disorder'd spirits move,

And let there now be light.
4 God, through himself, we then shall know

If thou within us shine;
And sound, with all thy saints below,

The depths of love divine.
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The revealing Spirit.
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ATHER of all, in whom alone

We live, and move, and breathe;
One bright celestial ray dart down,

And cheer thy sons beneath.
2 While in thy word we search for thee,

(We search with trembling awe ;)
Open our eyes, and let us see

The wonders of thy law.
3 Now let our darkness comprehend

The light that shines so clear;
Now the revealing Spirit send,

And give tis ears to hear.
4 Before us make thy goodness pass,

Which here by faith we know;
Let us in Jesus see thy face,

And die to all below.

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C. M.

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Perfection of the law and testimony.
PHY law is perfect, Lord of light;

This te tone sure;
The saules of thy rem are right,

Anl ihy commandmeil pure,
2 Let these, O God, my soul convert,

And make thy servant wise;
Let these be gladness to my ears,-

The dayspring to inine eyes.
8 By these may I be waru'd betimes;

Who knows the guile within! Loril, save me from presumptuous crimes,

Cleanse me from secret sin. 4 So may the words my lips express, -

The thoughts that thring my mind, O Lord, my strength and righteousness,

With thee acceptance fiud. 682

S, M Safety in keeping God's precepts, qow perfect is thy word, 11 Thy juigments all are just; And ever in thy promise, Lord,

May man securely trust.
I hear thy word in love ;-

In faith thy word obey;
O seni thy Spirit from above,

To teach me, Lord, thy way.
Thy counsels all are pluin,

Thy precepts all are pure;
And long as heaven and earth remain,

Thy truth shall still endure. 4 O may my soul, with joy,

Trust in thy faithful word;
Be it through life my glad employ,

To keep thy precepts, Lord.

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C. M,
Preciousness of the Bible.
How precious is the book divine,
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.
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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.
8 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,
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1st P. M. 6 lines de The divine Interpreter. PIRIT of Truth, essential God,

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.

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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.

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The woord of God, quick and powerful,
THY word, almighty Lord,
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. 8 Then let our hearts obey

The gospel's glorious sound; And all its fruits, from day to day,

Be in us and abound, 687

1st P. M. 6 lines 8. Delight in the word. WHEN quiet in my house I sit,

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 heartfelt word be mine.

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20 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 beart, and fill my tongue
Fill all my life with purest love,
And join me to the church above.
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The Saviour seen in the Scriptures.
TOW let my soul, eternal King,
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 readt
There, I behold the Saviour bleed:
His name salutes my list'ning ear,
Revives my heart, and checks my fear,
4 There Jesus bids my scrrows cease,
And gives my laboring conscience peace;
Raises my grateful thoughts on high,
And points to mansions in the sky.

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