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And let thy kind, thy gracious word
Sustain each trembling heart. 4 O never let our souls remove
From this divine retreat;
And dwell before thy feet.
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HOW honoured, how dear,
Their Father and God!
Our wearied soul faints
The house of thy saints. 2 Thou Hearer of prayer!
Still grant us a place, Where Christians repair
To the courts of thy grace:
One day so employed,
By worldlings enjoyed. 3 The Lord is a sun:
The Lord is a shield: What grace has begun,
With glory is sealed: He hears the distressed,
He succours the just; And they shall be blessed,
Who make him their trust.
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word; Thy Spirit did their tongues inspire, And warmed their hearts with heavenly
fire. 2 The works and wonders which they
wrought, Confirmed the messages they brought; The prophet's pen succeeds his breath,
To save the holy words from death. 3 Great God! our eyes with pleasure look
On the dear volume of thy book;
And learn his name, and feel his grace. 4 Let the false raptures of the mind
Be lost, and vanish in the wind; ..
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Their lips with heavenly wisdom flowed;
3 The powers of earth and hell, in vain
Against the sacred word combine;
Thy providence through every age, • Securely guards the book divine.
4 Thee, its great Author, source of light,
Thee, its preserver, we adore;
For these celestial lines.
2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find;
And lasting as the mind.
Spreads heavenly peace around; .. And life, and everlasting joys, I
Attend the blissful sound. : 4 O may these heavenly pages best
Our ever dear delight;
And still increasing light,
Be thou for ever near; .
And view the Saviour there.
Sway the creation as he please.
Sweet words on which his children live;
To credit what th' Almighty saith;
And call the joys of heaven our own.
And all the wheels of nature break,
That we may love thee more.
But in thy sacred word,
Our bleeding, dying Lord.
And sins and sorrows rise,
Our fainting heart supplies.
4 Jesus, our Lord, our life, our light,
O come with blissful ray;
And chase our fears away. 5 Then shall our souls with rapture trace
The wonders of thy love;
Are only known above.
The thicker darkness of the mind. 2 To our illumined eyes display
The glorious truth thy word reveals;
The book unfold, unloose the seals. 3 Tbine inward teachings make us know,
The mysteries of redeeming love,
The excellence of things above. 4 While through this dubious maze we
stray, Spread, like the sun, thy beams abroad, To show the dangers of the way,
And guide our feeble steps to God. 91 . L. M.
GOD, the gospel of thy Son,