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P.M.- Divine Love.
1 LOVE Divine, all love excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, thou art all compassion:
Pure, unbounded love thou art; Visit us with thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart. 2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast! Let us all in thee inherit,
Let us find thy promis'd rest;
Alpha and Omega be,
Set our hearts at liberty. 3 Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy grace receive!
Never more thy temples leave!
Serve thee as thine hosts above,
Glory in thy perfect love.
Pure and spotless let us be;
Perfectly restor’d in thee:
Till in heaven we take our place;
Lost in wonder, love, and praise!
369. L.M.- Thou shalt love the Lord thy God. Deut. vi. 5. 1 YES, I would love thee, blessed God!
Paternal goodness marks thy name! Thy praises through thy high abode,
The heavenly hosts with joy proclaim. 2 Freely thou gav`st thy dearest Son
For man to suffer, bleed, and die, And bid'st me, as a wretch undone,
For all I want on him rely. 3 In him thy reconciled face
With joy unspeakable I see,
Draw and unite my soul to thee.
Attracted by a creature's power, Would from this blissful centre start,
Lord, fix it there to stray no more.
370. C.M.-Christ precious to the Believer. 1 Pet. ii. 7. 1 JESUS! I love thy charming name,
'Tis music to mine ear; Fain would I sound it out so loud,
That earth and heaven should hear. 2 Yes, thou art precious to my soul,
My transport and my trust; Jewels to thee are gaudy toys,
And gold is sordid dust.
In thee doth richly meet;
Nor friendship half so sweet.
And sheds its fragrance there; The noblest balm of all its wounds,
The cordial of its care.
5 I'll speak the honours of thy name
With my last labouring breath;
The antidote of death.
371. C.M.- Appeal to Christ in proof of Love to him. John xxi. 16. 1 DO not I love thee, O
That dares to rival thee.
Then let me nothing love; Dead be my heart to every joy,
When Jesus cannot move.
To mine attentive ear?
My Saviour's voice to hear?
I would disdain to feed?
I fear thy cause to plead?
In honour of thy name?
To damp the' immortal flame.
But O! I long to soar
And learn to love thee more.
372. P.M.-“ Lovest thou me?" John xxi. 16. 1 'TIS a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought; Do I love the Lord or no?
Am I his, or am I not?
2 If I love, why am I thus?
Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Who have never heard his name! 3 When I turn my eyes within,
All is dark, and vain, and wild;
Can I deem myself a child ? 4 Yet I mourn my stubborn will,
Find my grief and sin a thrall;
If I did not love at all?
Choose the ways I once abhorr'd,
If I did not love the Lord?
Thou who art thy people's sun,
If it be indeed begun.
If I love at all, I pray:
Help me to begin to-day.
373. P.M.-" Lovest thou me?" John xxi. 16. 1 HARK! my soul! it is the Lord;
'Tis thy Saviour, hear his word; Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee,
Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?”' 2 I deliver'd thee when bound,
And, when wounded, heal'd thy wound; Sought thee wandering, set thee right, Turn'd thy darkness into light.
3 Can a woman's tender care
Cease towards the child she bare?
Yet will I remember thee.
Higher than the heights above,
Free and faithful, strong as death. 5 Thou shalt see my glory soon,
When the work of grace is done;
Say, poor sinner, lov'st thou me?" 6 Lord, it is my chief complaint,
That my love is weak and faint;
P.M.-Christian Love and Unity. 1 HOW good and pleasant 'tis to see, When brethren cordially agree,
And kindly think and speak the same; A family of faith and love, Combin'd to seek the things above,
And spread the common Saviour's fame. 2 The God of grace, who all invites, Who in our unity delights,
Vouchsafes our intercourse to bless;
And keeps our minds in perfect peace. 3 Jesus, thou precious corner-stone, Preserve inseparably one,
Whom thou didst by thy Spirit join:
Of unanimity divine.