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312. C.M.--Faith's Review and Expectation. 1 Chron. xvii, 16, 17. 1 AMAZING grace! (how sweet the sound!)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
Was blind, but now I see. 2 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And
grace my fears reliev'd;
The hour I first believed! 3 Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come:
And grace will lead me home.
His word my hope secures;
As long as life endures. 5 Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
A life of joy and peace.
The sun forbear to shine;
Will be for ever mine.
Who fears the Lord his God;
And trembles at his rod.
With its fair partner, love;
Their source is from above.
3 Let terrors fright the' unwilling slave,
The child with joy appears;
And loves as much as fears.
Possess this soul of mine,
And taste thy joys divine.
314. C.M.- Being in the Fear of God all the day long. Prov. xxiii. 17. 1 THRICE happy souls, who born from heaven,
While yet they sojourn here, Thus all their days with God begin,
And spend them in his fear. 2 So may our eyes with holy zeal
Prevent the dawning day; And turn the sacred pages o'er,
And praise thy name and pray.
Its incense to thy throne;
Our hearts be thine alone. 4 As sanctified to noblest ends
Be each refreshment sought, And by each various providence
Some wise instruction brought. 5 When to laborious duties call'd,
Or by temptations tried,
And in thy strength confide.
Our grateful hearts would be With thee, amidst the social band,
In solitude with thee.
7 At night we lean our weary heads
On thy paternal breast;
Resign our powers to rest.
Let all my days be past;
More perfectly conform’d to thee;
And form my temper like thine own. 2 My foe, when hungry, let me feed,
Share in his grief, supply his need;
But with a lowly meekness bear.
The hand outstretch'd to do me wrong,
But such as Jesus once express d. 4 To others let me always give,
What I from others would receive;
Nor, when provok’d, with anger burn.
The precepts of the gospel are;
Families. Gen xviii. 19. 1 FATHER of men, thy care we bless,
Which crowns our families with peace, From thee they sprung, and by thy hand Their root and branches are sustain'd.
2 To God, most worthy to be prais’d,
Be our domestic altars rais’d,
With saints in their obscurest cell. 3 To thee may each united house,
Morning and night present its vows;
Be taught thy precepts and thy grace. 4 O may each future age proclaim
The honours of thy glorious name,
C.M.-Sovereignty and Grace.
How wide is his command!
Rests on his mighty hand.
And light his awful robe;
He manages the globe.
Can swell or sink the seas;
Or break them as he please. 4 Adoring angels round him fall,
In all their shining forms, His sovereign eye looks through them all,
And pities mortal worms.
In sweet compassion move;
And takes his title, Love.
6 Now, let the Lord for ever reign,
And sway us as he will,
We are his favourites still,
The tongue no more complain;
Harmonious to my ear;
And all the earth shall hear. 2
Grace first contriv'd a way
To save rebellious man,
Which drew the wondrous plan. 3 Grace taught my wandering feet
To tread the heavenly road;
While pressing on to God. 4
Grace all the work shall crown,
Through everlasting days;
319. L.M.- The Riches of pardoning Grace celebrated. Isa, xliv. 22. 1 LET heaven burst forth into a song;
Let earth reflect the joyful sound;
And shout, ye forests, all around. 2 The Lord his Israel hath redeem'd,
Hath made his mourning people glad,
In their salvation hath display'd.